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Motorcyclist sues government over bump in the Blue Ridge Parkway

Accidental collisions with motorcycles are often disastrous but also understandable. Bikes have half the visible profile of cars and less protection for the person or people on it. A careless or distracted driver could be the end of a biker. However, not all motorcycle wrecks involve other vehicles.

A South Carolina couple is claiming that the husband suffered severe injuries due to improper road maintenance. The man was riding his motorcycle on the Blue Ridge Parkway near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2016 when he hit a bump, sending the man off the road. He suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung.

The National Park Service is the defendant in a lawsuit claiming negligence in the upkeep of the road after a federal investigation concluded that failure to signal the bump to drivers was the main cause of the crash. The couple is seeking more than $1.7 million in compensatory damages and reimbursement for medical expenses during the man's recovery.

The plaintiff claims that a warning sign about the bump was only 25 feet ahead of the hazard, while federal highway guidelines would suggest 100 feet of proper lead distance. More signs have been installed on the stretch of the road since the accident.

Victims of motorcycle crashes in North Carolina may have a case for seeking compensation if a driver, engineer or maintenance crew was at fault for the accident. An experienced North Carolina motorcycle accident attorney can help victims and their families gauge the likely success of a lawsuit and assemble the right case to bring to court.

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