Investigators are working to figure out what exactly caused a recent Asheville motorcycle accident that took the life of a young woman. According to Lee Barrett, an insurance agent and owner of the Asheville-operated company Rider Insurance Services, these accidents are most oftentimes the fault of the motorcyclist.
For this reason, Capt. Tim Splain and other safe driving advocates in the area are working to help to raise awareness and educate these motorists about the risks that they face on our roadways. It’s important that motorcyclists make themselves more visible on our roadways to avoid a collision with another motor vehicle.
“I can tell you from my experience in claims that probably 90 percent of all motorcycle accidents are from operator error,” said Barrett.
Our Asheville accident lawyers understand that motorcycle fatalities account for more than 10 percent of all accident fatalities each year. That’s a lot when you consider that these vehicles only account for about 3 percent of all registered vehicles in the country. It’s estimated that about 80 percent of motorcycle accidents result in injury or death, compared to about 20 percent for passenger vehicles. These motorists are extremely vulnerable in the event of an accident as they’re not provided with nearly as much protection as those who are in a passenger vehicle.
In the state of North Carolina, there number of motorcycle accidents in on the rise. In 2010, there were nearly 4,000 accidents that resulted in more than 170 deaths. That’s up from less than 3,350 accidents and less than 140 fatalities just 5 years prior.
To help to further reduce the risks of motorcycle accidents, law enforcement officers and BikeSafe NC are working together for the very first time and they’re offering free rider skills training session on the 23rd of June at the Asheville police department’s downtown location, according to Citizen-Times.
To get a motorcycle in the state of North Carolina, you are required to hold your Motorcycle Learner Permit for 12 months.
Motorcycle Safety Tips from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT):
-Make sure that you’re wearing the proper helmet. Consider getting one that meets that U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT)
-Make sure that you know the workings of your motorcycle.
-Always wear long pants and sleeves.
-Be visible on our roadways. Most accidents happen because motorcyclists are overlooked by other drivers.
-Maintain your space between other vehicles.
-Always use a blinker.
-Ride in the left portion of the lane to make yourself more visible to other motorists.
-Stay out of vehicle’s blind spots.
-Never share a lane with another vehicle.
-Have your headlight on at all times.
-Be extra cautious when driving at night.
-Be cautious and slow down when riding in inclement weather.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident in Asheville or in any of the surrounding areas, contact the motorcycle accident lawyers at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. to set up a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 1-800-887-1965 today!