Spring is here, the snows have melted and the Great Smoky Mountains look as inviting as ever to bikers who love winding roads. More motorcycles on the roads of North Carolina, however, can mean higher chances of a crash and serious injury -- especially on some of the far-flung roads in the Tar Heel State. Avoiding crashes can mean avoiding fatalities.
- What is the major danger with motorcycles on the road?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that four out of five motorcycle collisions result in serious injury or death. This is mostly because of the lack of protection that motorcycles offer to drivers and passengers in the case of a collision.
- What can bikers do to prevent crashes?
It is always a good idea to avoid bad weather conditions like rain and stay off the road at dawn and dusk -- when visibility is at its lowest level. When it comes to clothing, several layers topped with bright colors means more people can see the rider, who is better protected from road rash or other results of an accident.
- What should bikers look out for from drivers of cars and trucks?
Avoiding tailgaters and other close-quarters situations can reduce the risk of a collision. It is also wise to stay away from drivers holding cellphones because distracted drivers are more likely to be involved in a collision.
- What can bikers do after a collision?
Medical help is the top priority, but an attorney may be a good next call. Legal representation can help injured motorcyclists by advising on the possibility of suing for financial damages.