As with most vehicles, there are many different types of motorcycles being driven every day throughout North Carolina. According to the U.S Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration there are more than 95,500 publicly and privately owned motorcycles in the state. Nationwide there are more than 5 million registered motorcycles.
The popularity of motorcycle has grown over the years as has the growth in the types of motorcycles being driven. Previously only used for one passenger and for short distances, motorcycles can now traverse from state to state with sometimes up to three people.
Along with the sudden growth of popularity of these vehicles is also the number of collisions involving motorcycles. The North Carolina Department of Transportation notes that there were than 4,100 motorcyclists involved in motor vehicle accidents in 2011. Furthermore, statistics from 2010 and 2011 indicate that although the number of motorcyclists involved in fatal accident decreased, the number of injured cyclists increased.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent driver, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and more.
Types of Motorcycles
When it comes to motorcycles most people recognize brands such as Yamaha and Harley Davidson, but many are unaware of the type of bikes they are. Motorcycles can primarily be classified as street bikes, dual-purpose, and off-road bikes.
Beyond the three categories are several sub-categories, including the following types of motorcycles:
- Street – This bikes are specifically used only on paved roads with some capable of hitting speeds of 125 miles per hour.
- Touring – Designed to cover long-distances, these motorcycles have large displaced engines, screens, larger fuel tanks, and up-right positioned seats built for being ridden long distances. Fully loaded these bikes can weigh up more than 1,000 pounds.
- Dual-Purpose – Build to go on and off-road, dual-purpose motorcycles are street legal and have lights, mirrors, and signals that enable them to go on paved roads safely.
- Cruiser – These types of motorcycles situate the driver in a low position with arms outstretched to reach the handlebars. This design is commonly manufactured by Harley Davidson and Indian motorcycles.
- Standard – Relatively low-cost and versatile, these types of motorcycles are simplistic and don’t come with fairings or wind screens. These bikes provide only the basics needed for riding.
- Sport – Able to achieve high speeds in record timing, these types of motorcycles are not known for being comfortable or fuel-efficient.
- Scooter – These types of bikes have smaller engines but still allow riders to reach relatively high speeds. Commonly these bikes are used for commuting and scooters have become popular over time due to their low-costs and fuel-efficiency.
- Off-road – Primarily used for motocross and trail racing, off-road bikes should only be used where permitted. These bikes are usually used for recreation.
Some motorcycles also have nicknames, for example a standard bike is sometimes referred to as a “naked” bike due to its minimalistic design.
The laws for motorcycle riding in North Carolina also vary by whether the motorcycle is an on-or-off-road motorcycle. Furthermore, motorcycle helmets are not required for those riding off-road motorcycles while on-road motorcyclists are required by law to wear a helmet.
Contact our Greensboro Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today
Motorcycle accidents can occur with most all-types of motorcycles, including off-road bikes being carelessly driven alongside other motorists. Furthermore, some motorists are not always aware of the need to share the road with motorcycles. If you or a loved one has been injured in motorcycle accident caused by a negligent driver, our attorneys can help.
At Lewis & Keller we proudly fight for the rights of the injured. Our attorneys can provide comprehensive legal counsel on your specific case and will help guide you through the entire litigation process.
We have offices located in Winston-Salem and Greensboro, North Carolina but proudly serve the surrounding areas, including:
- Oak Ridge
…and many more. To learn more about your legal rights and to schedule a 100% FREE initial case consultation, contact us at 866.299.1769. One of our steadfast intake staff members will connect you with one of our attorneys best suited in handling your claim after a few initial questions about your claim.