It's that time of year again -- the birds are returning, the flowers are in bloom and motorcycles are emerging once again on the highways of North Carolina. For many motorcycle riders, however, this annual rite of spring can result in a trip to the hospital or morgue if they are involved in a collision with an automobile or truck.
North Carolina is home to some of the most beautiful and motorcycle-friendly roads in the nation. Little can compare to the thrill of meandering through the Appalachian Mountains on curving scenic roadways on a Sunday afternoon. That said, motorcyclists face real dangers on the road. Many of those dangers can be avoided and circumvented by a skillful and safe motorcyclist, but when it comes to poorly maintained roads and negligent drivers, accidents can happen regardless.
In 2009, there were 8 million motorcycles on roads in the U.S., and in 2012, that number rose to 8.5 million. Although motorcyclists get to enjoy many benefits that come with the form of transportation, there are multiple risks associated with driving a motorcycle that residents of North Carolina should keep in mind while on the roadways.
Police in North Carolina say that a driver they were seeking in connection with a serious traffic accident turned himself in on Nov. 17. The Nov. 8 crash left a 52-year-old motorcycle rider with critical injuries. The man is said to have told police that he fled the scene because his child was with him at the time. The motorcycle accident took place on Weddington Road in Concord at approximately 11:45 a.m.
A North Carolina man who pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle in a case involving a married couple of motorcyclists received an unusual sentence. A district court judge came in from Orange County to hear their case because the brother of the deceased woman was a Burlington police officer.
Getting on a motorcycle and riding without a helmet is very dangerous. No matter how much experience or skill a rider has, other drivers on the road can succumb to human error and cause an accident that easily kills or maims a motorcycle rider or passenger.
North Carolina's Gov. McCrory declared May to be Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The mild temperatures are sure to bring motorcycle enthusiasts out in force for a bit of wind therapy after our long winter, and the governor wants everyone to pay close attention while on the roads to avoid motorcycle accidents.
A multi-vehicle accident that occurred on March 22 in the eastbound lanes of U.S. 64 in North Carolina reportedly involved as many as 15 motorcycles. According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred before 12 p.m. between Edgemont Road and Lizard Lick Road near Wendell.
A woman wanted by the North Carolina state highway patrol was arrested Sept. 16 by U.S. Marshalls in Pilot Mountain. The 27-year-old woman was wanted for felony hit and run causing serious bodily injury resulting from an accident on Aug. 28 off N.C. Highway 89 near Mt. Airy.
North Carolina motorists might be interested to hear that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration advises all motorists to be on the look-out for motorcycles during the summer months. Amicable weather and favorable road conditions encourage more motorcyclists to come out and ride their bikes during the summer months than any other months. The administration says that with a rise in motorcycles in the road also comes a rise in potential danger.