One of the most dangerous situations for a motorcyclist occurs when a driver makes a left turn and cuts off the motorcyclist's path. At that point, the motorcyclist has very few options to avoid a collision. Sometimes, they can lay down their motorcycles, but this can lead to crushing injuries and road rash. If they don't have time to maneuver out of the way, they face broken bones and being ejected from their vehicles.
Police and first responders hear it all the time. The driver who just mangled a motorcyclist and his bike cries in anguish, "I never even saw him!" Those who are riding enthusiasts wonder how that can even be possible.
The nation's motorcyclists are, by and large, getting older -- and that may be increasing the number of severe injuries and fatalities that are being seen when they're involved in accidents.
The debate about whether or not lane-splitting should be legal seems to have dragged on for years. While North Carolina's laws do not specifically condone or banish the practice, some states are beginning to officially accept the maneuver as legal and publish guides on how to do it safely. New studies support the move and explain why lane-splitting may not be as bad as many people believe.
When you're riding a motorcycle, all it takes is a split second to end or permanently alter your life. Below are some common scenarios for motorcycle accidents — do you have the skills to avoid these dangers?
While motorcycle enthusiasts might loathe to learn this, according to Progressive Insurance, we are at the height of the most dangerous time of year for riding a motorcycle.
Summer is a great time to get out on the open road on your motorcycle, perhaps with a passenger behind you, enjoying the wind in your face and the heat of the sun on your back.
While it should surely be a year-round goal, the month of May is designated as "Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month."
Many motorcyclists enjoy riding with a passenger. Couples frequently ride together. Single riders are also well aware that motorcycles can be "chick magnets," especially in the warm spring and summer months.
Spring has descended on North Carolina, and that makes many motorcycle enthusiasts eager to get on their two-wheelers and get in a little wind therapy.