According to a report from the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, one person was seriously injured in a crash between a motorcycle and a bus on Thursday, August 17th at about 6:00 p.m. The accident took place in the area of Centenary Church Road and Highway 801 in Rowan County
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A local source with knowledge of the incident said the motorcyclist and a school activity bus transporting the North Rowan Middle School girls’ softball team collided.
Jesse Regrut, a 26-year-old motorcyclist from China Grove, sustained serious injuries during the collision and was airlifted to Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte.
There were seven people onboard the activity bus, including staff and students, all of whom were taken to an area medical facility for evaluation. out of an abundance of caution, according to Rowan-Salisbury Schools. Police reports indicate that no one on the bus sustained any obvious injuries during the crash.
The circumstances that caused the accident remain unclear as police continue to investigate.
If you were injured in a North Carolina motorcycle accident, you might be eligible to seek compensation. At Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp, our North Carolina motorcycle accident attorneys have the resources, experience, and dedication required to win your case. Call us today to schedule your free consultation.
Common North Carolina Motorcycle Accidents
Every motorcycle accident is unique, but some types of accidents occur more often than others. Sadly, thousands of motorcyclists are injured every year in North Carolina and throughout the United States because of negligence on the part of the other driver. The leading types of motorcycle accidents that take place in North Carolina are:
Left Turn Accidents
In one recent year, 76% of motorcycle accidents occurred because a car turned left in front of an oncoming rider. In the majority of cases, the negligent driver fails to correctly estimate the speed of the oncoming rider. Drivers can also completely fail to notice a motorcycle. No matter what the cause, when left turn accidents take place, motorcyclists are usually ejected from their bikes and left severely injured.
Rear-end accidents take place when one vehicle runs into the back of another. Although these crashes usually occur at low speeds, when a larger vehicle runs into the back of a bike, the impact is usually forceful enough to throw the rider from their bike onto the asphalt and cause them serious injuries.
Lane Change Accidents
Motorcycles are much smaller and harder to see than standard passenger vehicles. This means they are much more likely to be overlooked when drivers check their blind spots. A lot of these accidents happen because a negligent driver changed lanes and struck a motorcyclist they didn’t even know was there.
Just like cyclists in metropolitan areas, motorcyclists can be injured when an oblivious driver opens their car door without being aware of their surroundings. Anytime a vehicle occupant pushes a car door open along a busy street, the potential for a dooring accident and serious injuries is present.
People are more prone to making bad driving decisions when they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Intoxicated drivers are the cause of thousands of motorcycle accidents every year, some of which are fatal.
Not every motorcycle accident involves another vehicle. Another common cause of motorcycle accidents is mechanical issues with the bike itself. If you were injured in a crash caused by a shoddy repair or a defective part, you may have a valid claim against the negligent party.
Talk to a North Carolina Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you were hurt in a North Carolina motorcycle accident, you need to work quickly to protect your right to compensation by speaking to a reputable North Carolina motorcycle accident attorney. Schedule your free consultation by calling the personal injury law firm of Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp at (833) 997-1774.