Springtime has reached the Great Smoky Mountains and the beaches from the Outer Banks to Wilmington. That means one thing: more motorcycles on the road. Riders take advantage of North Carolina's many gorgeous byways once the weather becomes milder, and drivers need to be aware of the risks for striking them with cars or trucks.
How dangerous are motorcycle accidents?
Bikes lack the protection and structure of larger vehicles, so collisions can easily cause grave injuries or even death. More than 80% of reported motorcycle accidents resulted in physical harm to a driver or passenger. Ejection from the vehicle is also far more likely for a motorcyclist than another motorist.
What else is dangerous about bikes?
More than 40% of fatal motorcycle accidents involve driving under the influence of alcohol. Since bikes require more precision and faster reaction times than many heavier vehicles, alcohol can be an even more hazardous factor in accidents.
Do motorcycles have any structural advantages?
Bikes are more agile vehicles because they are thinner and lighter, which makes them easier to accelerate, decelerate, maneuver and avoid obstructions. Riders who act unpredictably to other drivers can turn this advantage into the cause of an accident, so it is important to use proper judgment.
What is the best first step after a motorcycle accident?
Medical attention is always important, even if major injuries are not immediately apparent. Consultation with an attorney may be a good idea if a victim or family member of one feels the need for financial damages to cope with the consequences of a motorcycle accident.