North Carolina roadways can be dangerous for motorcycles during the warm summer months.
July 27, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Every year, as the weather warms, the roads of North Carolina are packed with summer travelers in cars, trucks, RVs and SUVs. There are also countless motorcycle riders taking to the streets each year. The temperate climate of the South means that motorcycle riders can get on the road sooner and remain on the road longer than in other parts of the country, putting them at greater risk of being involved in an accident with another motorist.
"Look Twice, Save a Life."
That cautious statement is the motto of the Concerned Bikers' Association, a motorcycle safety awareness group that has fought for motorcyclist rights in North Carolina since the 1970s. The CBA provides public education campaigns and lobbies for laws to protect both the safety and the freedom of riders across the state. This year's campaign was kicked off in May, national Motorcycle Safety Month. The CBA reaches out directly to motorcyclists and other motorists in an attempt to get drivers to be more aware of their surroundings. They even offer a free educational program to schools to get the word out to young drivers that they should be on the lookout for motorcycles when on the road.
The CBA has good cause to be concerned about motorcycle safety: according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycles only make up 3 percent of all registered vehicles in America, but riders make up 11 percent of traffic accident fatalities. Furthermore, only 20 percent of car accidents result in a fatal injury; that number jumps to a whopping 80 percent of motorcycle accidents. This is due in no small part to the vast difference in protection offered to vehicle occupants when compared to motorcycle riders.
Even when motorcyclists are wearing protective gear -- like helmets to guard against head injuries, heavy boots to prevent friction injuries and leathers to ward off "road rash" should the bike go down -- they usually cannot keep a biker safe in the 72 percent of accidents that involve both a motorcycle and another vehicle.
Especially during the busy summer months, North Carolina drivers need to keep an eye out for motorcycles. If you have been injured -- or you have tragically lost a loved one -- in a motorcycle accident, consider seeking the advice of a skilled personal injury attorney in your area to learn more about possible legal action.
Article provided by Riddle & Brantley, LLP
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