Protecting Yourself Against North Carolina Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries

Motorcycle riding is a popular hobby in our area, with enthusiasts regularly meeting for activities and events. While these can provide a great deal of fun and fellowship, it is important to make safety your top priority. Motorcycle accidents are a common occurrence in North Carolina and the injuries bikers suffer as a result tend to be severe. Before your next ride, check out these safety tips and share them with other riders you know.

Motorcycle Accident Causes

One of the first steps in protecting yourself against motorcycle accidents and injuries is understanding how they commonly occur. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in nearly half of all collisions alcohol is a leading contributing factor. Be aware that even one or two drinks can significantly impact your coordination, judgment, and reflexes. Avoid drinking any amount that could put you at risk.

In addition, be alert to the warning signs that other drivers on the road may be under the influence. Alcohol-related accidents often happen at night or in the early morning hours. Watch for drivers who swerve in and out of their lanes, as well as those driving either over or under the speed limit. If you notice a driver behaving erratically, your best bet is to pull over, let them pass, and notify law enforcement officials. Other dangerous driving behaviors to be alert for include:

  • Aggressive driving, such as tailgating, improper passing, and failure to yield
  • Distracted driving, such as using cell phones or texting
  • Reckless driving, such as disregarding traffic signs and signals or going too fast for conditions

Take the Proper Precautions

Taking a few simple precautions can significantly reduce your motorcycle accident risks. One of the most important things you can do is to take a motorcycle training refresher course. Offered through the state, these classes cover the rules of the road, basic motorcycle handling, and how to handle unexpected situations. Even if you have been a biker for years, taking one could refresh your memory and may have the added benefit of lowering your insurance premiums.

Making sure you have the proper gear before riding is also important. To begin with, you want the bike you are riding to be appropriate for your size and skill level. While it may be tempting to go for one that has the most power or fancy bells and whistles, you want something that will be comfortable and easy to handle on the road. Remember to get the appropriate gear to go with it, as well, including:

  • An approved DOT safety helmet, which can prevent potentially life-threatening head injuries
  • Gloves, to help you better grip the handlebars
  • Long pants, to protect your legs against burns and flying debris
  • Boots, to protect your ankles and feet in the event of a sudden stop or skid

Contact Us Today for Help

A North Carolina motorcycle accident attorney knows that many victims suffer brain injuries, broken bones, paralysis, spinal trauma, and more. Our accident attorneys understand that the injuries motorcycle accident victims sustain often leave them with permanent disabilities that not only create physical limitations but also result in significant financial losses.

If you or a loved one are injured in a motorcycle accident, it is critical not to delay contacting the legal team at Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp to take action on your case before the statute of limitation expires. If that happens, you will be unable to collect financial damages for losses you or your family may be entitled to.

Our firm also offers a free motorcycle injury guide which offers information that you may find helpful.