Riding motorcycles for sport become popular in the early 1900s with the development of faster and stronger motorcycles. Although motorcycle racing has found its way into sports, street racing is still illegal in most states.
Motorcycle street racing can be defined as two motorcycles racing each on a public street or highway. When these two motorcyclists make the decision to race, they are recklessly putting themselves and their fellow motorists in danger.
Riding a motorcycle is already dangerous, combined with high-speeds and minimal protection the circumstances could be deadly and dangerous for other vehicles in the area. In North Carolina there were more than 4,200 motorcycle accidents reported in 2011. Additionally the North Carolina Department of Transportation reports that 17 percent of the collisions in 2011 were related to speeding.
Additionally the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration notes that in 2010, of drivers involved in fatal motorcycle collisions, 24% had previous speeding convictions on their record.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by a reckless driver, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and more.
Street Racing Laws in North Carolina
There are a number of motorcycle laws in North Carolina, including the required use of a helmet and the type of skills test a rider must pass before they receive a motorcycle endorsement. In North Carolina, General Statutes § 20-141.3 breaks down unlawful racing on streets and highways.
According to the statute:
- No person may operate a motor vehicle on a street or highway illegally in a pre-arranged speed condition.
- It is unlawful for a person to operate motor vehicle on a street or highway in a speed competition.
- It is unlawful for a person to allow another individual to unlawfully operate their motor vehicle in a pre-arranged speed competition, or to place a wager on the outcome of said competition.
Failing to comply with the North Carolina street racing laws can result in being charged with a misdemeanor, as well as having the vehicle impounded and auctioned. The owner of the vehicle also risks having their license suspended or revoked and being charged hundreds of dollars in fees.
Motorcycle Street Racing Injuries
There are many dangers involved in motorcycle street racing. The speed at which these vehicles are travelling, the crowds, and other vehicles are all hazards to other motorists. If a race is not pre-arranged, motorcyclists could be putting many motorists in danger due to their need to race.
Some common injuries caused by street racing accidents include:
- Broken Bones
- Road Rash
- Biker’s Arm
- Head Trauma
Many times the motorcyclists will be seriously injured, however, pedestrians and other motorists can be injured during a collision as a motorcycle can spin out from under the driver. The velocity at which these bikes are travelling can also impact how intensely they will collide with another vehicle.
Contact our Greensboro Motorcycle Street Racing Attorney Today
Motorcycle street racing can occur at any moment as not all races are pre-arranged. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured due the recklessness of a motorcyclists or other driver, out attorneys can help you fight for your rights.
At Lewis & Keller we are dedicated to fighting for the rights of the injured and holding those who caused harm to others accountable for their actions. We can provide comprehensive legal counsel and help guide you through the entire litigation process while you recover from your injuries.
Our law firm has more than 150 years of combined legal experience and proudly represents personal injury victims throughout North Carolina, including the following areas:
- Oak Ride
- High Point
…and many more surrounding towns and neighborhoods. Don’t hesitate to contact us at toll-free 866.299.1769 to learn more about your legal rights and how we can help you. Remember, your initial case consultation is free and we work on a contingency basis which means we do not get paid unless we obtain a successful verdict or settlement for you.