Hanover, North Carolina (NC), home of the highest bicycle-motor vehicle crash rate of any county in North Carolina, from 2004 and 2008 has a yearly crash rate of 2.5 per 10,000 people. What's behind all these bike and automobile accidents? Surprisingly Wilmington, North Carolina (NC) police say it's the bicyclists that have been causing many of these accidents by disregarding traffic laws.
As a North Carolina (NC) personal injury lawyer I know that bicyclists must know and obey the traffic laws to avoid dangerous traffic situations. Bicyclists on public streets have the same responsibilities and rights as cars. They need to follow traffic signals and stop signs, ride in permitted sections of freeways, in the same direction as other traffic, and as near to the right curb of the roadway.
Along with following safety tips, educate yourself on what to do if an injury does happen. Our online library has many articles written by North Carolina personal injury attorneys on what to do when a bike accident takes place.