North Carolina motorcycle accident a reminder of wintertime dangers

A Burlington, North Carolina motorcycle accident has seriously injured a Greensboro police officer, the News-Record reports.

Our personal injury lawyers in Greensboro, Winston-Salem and elsewhere in the Carolinas see a fair share of serious and fatal motorcycle accidents through the winter months. While year-around riding weather in Texas, Florida and California make them the most dangerous states in the nation for motorcycle riders, the weather in the Carolinas can be spotty when it comes to winter riding.
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And that can increase the risk that a motorist will not be watching for motorcycles during good riding weather.

In this case, the 37-year-old was riding his Kawasaki on North Fisher Street shortly after 4 p.m. when a 2000 Pontiac reportedly failed to yield the right-of-way and struck the officer in the intersection.

The rider was taken to UNC Hospital, where he was listed in fair condition. The driver was cited for failure to yield the right of way by Burlington Police.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports 159 riders were killed in North Carolina motorcycle accidents in 2008. South Carolina motorcycle accidents claimed 115 lives.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation provides a library of safety tips for riders and motorists alike.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a North Carolina motorcycle accident, contact our personal injury lawyers in Greensboro, Hickory and Gastonia. Call Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.

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