Motorcyclists look for different characteristics on roadways than we do. They look for turnouts, vistas, twisties and that perfect stretch of smooth tarmac. They also look for areas that have biker-friendly stops that make getting to where they've got to go an adventure!
A recent CNN report searched the country to find the top 10 roadways for just that, some of the best areas for smooth motorcycling in the country. North Carolina was fortunate enough to make this list! Along the Appalachian Mountains, there's a trail of road that goes on for nearly 800 miles from Front Royal, Virginia to Deal's Gap, North Carolina.
This route takes motorcyclists through the Skyline Drive in Virginia, which is a more than a 100 mile ride along the Shenandoah National Park. You can then continue on that road and make your way to Blue Ridge Parkway for another 470 miles of ideal roadways for these motorists. You can keep it going, heading east, and make it to Tellico Plains along the Cherohala Skyway (Hwy 28) and then into Tennessee backcountry. Loop back via Hwys 360 and 72 to Deal's Gap, and take on the internationally famous 11 mile Tail of the Dragon and venture though nearly 320 curves for some bragging rights.
Unfortunately, with these fun rides and twisting roads come risks for motorcycle accidents in Asheville and elsewhere. We're currently in the summer travel season and there is a significant increase in the number of motorists out there. This increase includes many motorcyclists. The clear summer weather provides a prime-time opportunity for our two-wheeled friends to hit the open road. With more motorists we see increased risks for accidents. Be careful out there and travel as one with other motorists. Safe and courteous driving habits can be the key to preventing crashes!
Our Asheville motorcycle accident lawyers understand that there were nearly 90,000 motorcyclists injured in 2008. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than 4,800 motorcyclists killed in traffic accidents during this time. It's estimated that more than 10 percent of all accidents involve motorcycles. As a matter of fact, motorcyclists are about 25 times more likely experience a deadly accident on the road than those in passenger cars.
Our two-wheeled friends are much more likely to be seriously injured, or killed, in the event of an accident because they have much less protection working for them as we do in our passenger vehicles. For bikers, head injury is the leading cause of death in motorcycle accidents. Did you know that a motorcyclist who is not wearing a helmet is 40 percent more likely to die of a head injury than one who wears a helmet?
We're asking motorcyclists to be careful out there. It's important to make your maneuvers in traffic as predictable as possible. You want to make sure that drivers can see you and they know where you're headed. Being seen on your bike is one of the best ways to help to prevent an accident.