Motorcyclists are constantly in a state of heightened crash risk because their vehicle’s offer very little protection in the event of an accident. The lack of a physical barrier between the rider’s body and the road or other vehicles means they can endure serious injury and suffering if they collide with another vehicle. In many instances, death will occur and the likelihood of severely debilitating trauma is always eminent.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released crash data indicating that, while accidents involving cars and trucks decreased in 2008, motorcyclist deaths reached an all-time high. In the United States over 34,000 motorcyclists were killed between 2001 and 2008 with an estimated 1,222,000 individuals receiving emergency care for a nonfatal incident.
There are more motorcyclists on North Carolina roads than ever before. Considering these national statistics can help shed some light on the recent increase in motorcyclist fatalities:
- 20 to 24-year-old riders had the highest death rates, followed by the 25 to 29-year-old group
- Leg/ foot injury treatment was administered to 30% of the emergent injuries
- Head/ neck trauma was treated in 22% of patients who were admitted for emergency treatment
- From 2001 to 2008, motorcyclist death rates rose 55%
- From 2001 to 2008, motorcyclist nonfatal injury cases from 121,000 to 175,000
Motorcyclists are always encouraged to wear helmets, as research shows they can save a rider’s life. Helmet laws are established by each state, and North Carolina riders are legally required to wear a helmet at all times while riding their motorcycle.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2010 there were 32,885 traffic fatalities and 4,502 of those fatalities were motorcycle deaths. Helmet use and fatality rates have been found to be directly linked; as helmet legislation rises fatality rates fall.
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North Carolina Motorcycle Accident Statistics
The Department of Transportation for North Carolina published data from 2009 highlighting motorcycle crash severity within the state.
- In 3,635 total motorcycle accidents, 144 were fatal
- 3,033 accidents resulted in injury to the rider
- 458 crashes caused property damage
- 152 individuals were killed as a result of a motorcycle crash
- 3,557 were severely injured
- Types of fatal accidents included 1,919 single-vehicle crashes and 1,716 multi-vehicle crashes
- Most crashes took place on a back road, accounting for 1,212 of the total 3,635 crashes
- Riders between the ages of 35 and 44 accounted for the greatest number of fatalities with 818
- Riders between the ages of 45 and 54 followed closely with 809 fatalities
- Driving straight ahead caused the most rider deaths, with 135 out of the 153 fatal accidents
- Riders going slowly or stopped accounted for the second greatest incidence of injuries
- Exceeding a safe speed was the number one contributing factor in all circumstances
The NHTSA data supports much of what is generally understood about the risks motorcyclists face on North Carolina roads and highways, but also serves as a reminder to drivers to practice extra care while sharing the road motorcyclists.
Driver inattention, failure to signal and general reckless or negligent behavior were additional contributing factors in the crashes that resulted in both injury and death. The costs associated with recovering from a motorcycle accident— or the emotional distress an individual experiences after losing a loved one in a motorcycle crash— can be enormous and have long term repercussions.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, seeking legal representation may be your best recourse to ensure that justice will be brought to the negligent driver and that the compensation you may be eligible for can help ease the financial burden that the accident placed on you.
Contacting a North Carolina Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
At our law firm, we are here to protect – and fight for – your rights. If you have been the victim of a motorcycle injury that was caused by the negligence of another person, we can help.
With many years of combined legal experience and over $10 MILLION in settlements and successful verdicts won for our clients, we have the knowledge and resources to handle your injury litigation.
Our office in Winston-Salem proudly serves clients in the following areas:
- Mt. Airy
- …and most of the surrounding towns and suburbs in these locations
We guarantee that you will receive a free case evaluation from our team, and will not be billed for our services unless we obtain a settlement for you.
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