North Carolina residents who opt to ride a motorcycle often do so because of the feelings of freedom and exhilaration that two-wheeled transportation offers. However, the adrenaline rush that riding a motorcycle can provide comes with a number of dangers. Motorcyclists are often killed or seriously injured due to the inattention or misjudgment of other road users.
The statistics regarding motorcycle accidents are sobering. Riders are 26 times more likely to be killed in a traffic accident than people riding in passenger vehicles, according to figures from the Insurance Information Institute, and they are five times more likely to suffer an injury. Data also shows that improvements in traffic fatalities seen since 1999 do not apply to motorcycle riders. Deaths among passenger vehicle occupants have been steadily reduced during this period, but motorcycle fatalities have more than doubled.
While some of these accidents may be the result of reckless behavior on the part of riders, two-thirds of accidents occur when a car or truck driver impedes the motorcyclist’s right-of-way. This is often the result of a driver simply not seeing a motorcycle or misjudging its speed and distance.
Injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident are often catastrophic in nature, and riders are frequently unable to work for lengthy periods as they undergo costly medical treatment and prolonged physical therapy. A personal injury attorney may pursue civil remedies on behalf of riders injured due to the negligent actions of other road users. An attorney could file a lawsuit against the negligent individuals or their insurance companies, seeking compensation for an injured rider’s medical expenses, lost income and property damage.
Source: FindLaw, “Motorcycle Accidents: Overview,” Accessed Feb. 12, 2015