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.
Motorcyclists in North Carolina may soon be able to use a new application that enables communication among other vehicles on the roadway. Vehicle-to-vehicle technology may make it safer for motorcyclists to travel because it allows cars to talk to each other, warning that a motorcyclist is in a driver's blind spot, identifying potential risks related to construction zones and aiding in the reduction of crashes in regards to lane changes.
According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, there were 4,269 crashes that involved motorcyclists in 2012. Among them, 161 resulted in fatalities and 3,472, in injuries.
Many individuals throughout the state of North Carolina enjoy spending time on their motorcycles. The freedom many experience while riding them draws them to the mode of transportation. While sometimes they are used as a main mode of transportation, other times their use is more recreational.