Spring is in full bloom, and summer is beginning to make its first appearance in North Carolina, and the month of May also marks the official start of motorcycle season. Every year, May is designated as Motorcycle Awareness Month as police and other officials urge drivers to look twice and always check for motorcycles sharing the road.
April is National Distracted Driving Month and so it's a good time to discuss how even a temporary distraction can cause a lifetime of suffering. People often forget that motorcycles are much less forgiving than cars and other vehicles in accidents. Due to their relatively small size and weight, there's no such thing as a simple "fender bender" when a car, truck or SUV strikes a motorcycle.
The term "lane-splitting" refers to when motorcyclists ride between the gaps of cars formed by lanes of traffic. Typically, lane-splitting occurs when traffic is congested and backed up. The thin size of the motorcycle's frame will permit a motorcyclist to travel rapidly in between idled cars as they inch forward at a crawl.
As one of our North Carolina readers who enjoys riding a motorcycle, you realize the joy that comes along with this experience. Every time you get on your bike, you feel like the world is at your fingertips.
North Carolina law requires all motorcycle operators to wear helmets while riding their bikes anywhere in the state. Despite the increased danger, many North Carolina motorcyclists would prefer to ride without helmets. In fact, opponents to the North Carolina helmet law have attempted to derail that legislation every two years in the past decade. During a failed attempt to change the law in May 2013, it took a dozen emergency room doctors to convince the General Assembly to keep the helmet law in effect.
As one of our North Carolina readers, you are probably aware that many people throughout the state enjoy jumping on their motorcycle and hitting the open road. This is particularly true when the weather is warm.
When a person is involved in a North Carolina motorcycle accident, there is a very good chance he or she is going to be seriously injured. With little to no protection against the other vehicle and the pavement, serious and fatal injuries are all too common.
The House of Representatives in North Carolina passed a bill in the middle of June that would have required moped operators to have liability insurance. That bill has seen some changes while in committee, including dropping the insurance requirement.
With the arrival of warmer weather and sunnier days comes the appearance of more motorcycles on America's roadways. Motorcycles don't take up much room on roads, and some drivers tend to take their presence for granted or even overlook them. Occasionally, even other cyclists can be responsible for motorcycle accidents, as was the case in Iowa last Sunday when two motorcyclists from North Carolina crashed into one another.