Articles Posted in Motorcycle Accidents

Two people were killed in a North Carolina motorcycle accident recently in Boardman. CBS North Carolina reports state troopers investigated the fatal crash, in which a pickup truck reportedly collided with the motorcycle on U.S. 74.motorcycle

It was around 6 p.m. that day when the 71-year-old pickup driver was reportedly hauling a trailer and did not yield for a stop sign before crossing into the path of that motorcycle, driven by a 51-year-old man. The motorcycle operator and his 52-year-old female passenger were killed.

The truck driver, who did not suffer any injuries, was charged with two counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. Authorities do not suspect drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.

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A man who suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle accident will now have a chance to continue with his appeal of the summary judgment in favor of the defendant. The case highlights just one of the many hazards motorcyclists face on our roads each day. motorcycle

According to court records in Havner v. Northeast Arkansas Electric Cooperative Majority, the Arkansas Supreme Court vacated a state appeals court decision dismissing the appeal for lacking a final order. Parties to a lawsuit typically cannot appeal a ruling unless it is final, and in this case, the certificate of judgment in favor of the defendant was allegedly recorded but never filed, as required by state rules.

The motorcycle accident in question occurred when the plaintiff’s bike was struck by an overhead cable. He had been driving southbound along a highway, with a tractor-trailer moving behind him. As the motorcyclist stopped at an intersection, preparing to make a right turn, a sickle tool on the truck caught an overhead cable. The result was that it caused the cable to come crashing down and hit the front of the plaintiff’s motorcycle. The plaintiff lost control of his bike, and his motorcycle overturned. The plaintiff sustained serious injuries as a result.

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Sorting through the complex language of an auto insurance policy is the last thing grieving family members want to do when they’ve lost their loved one in a crash. This is why it’s so important to have an experienced injury lawyer advocating on your behalf at the very outset. motorcycle1

Although we cannot guarantee coverage, we can work to help you dispute denials or counter low-ball offers. We can help you determine when it’s in your best interest to accept a settlement, and when it makes more sense to take the fight to a jury. Insurance companies are always going to be looking out for their bottom line – even when you are enduring the devastating loss of a loved one.

The recent case of Edens v. Netherlands Insurance is no exception. This was an appeal out of Oklahoma heard recently by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. This case was about two parents seeking collection of $1 million in underinsured motorist benefits following the motorcycle accident death of their son. The policy in question was in the parents’ names, but the son was covered as a member of insured’s family. However, because the couple also owned the motorcycle the son was riding at the time of the crash, it was held that the policy didn’t cover the action due to an exclusion provision.  Continue reading

Officials with the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles recently announced that there is a new motorcycle beginner permit renewal system. This change comes as officials attempt to improve motorcycle rider safety. Now, before renewing a beginner’s permit, each rider is required to make an effort to pass the motorcycle skills test.
This change was made specifically so that motorcyclists would not be able to continuously renew their beginner permit instead of applying to get a motorcycle license. Now they’re got to take the test. If they pass then they will get a motorcycle enforcement or license. If they fail the test, they will more than likely be able to renew the beginner’s permit.

Our Anderson motorcycle accident lawyers understand that motorcycle permits are good for one year and can be renewed without limit. The only difference between these two permits is that a motorcyclist is not allowed to operate the vehicle during nighttime hours. The law, however, also gives the DMV the option to refuse a renewal if they feel that the applicant does not make an attempt to pass the test.
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Motorcyclists face many dangers on the road–distracted drivers, potholes, construction sites, failing traffic control devices and blind spots, just to name a few. While new riders may learn safety tips to avoid accidents and injuries, veteran motorcyclists may forget the importance of safety after years of riding. To raise rider awareness, May has been deemed “Motorcycle Safety Month” for riders in North Carolina, South Carolina, and nationwide.

Our Charlotte motorcycle accident lawyers have seen countless accidents involving serious injury and fatalities. Motorcycle injuries can range from road rash and broken bones, to brain and head injuries, permanent injuries and accidental death. While many of these accidents are caused by negligent vehicle drivers, motorcyclists can take precautions to avoid unnecessary dangers or accidents.

To increase rider safety, here are some reminders for the month of May and into the summer season.

Be aware of blinds spots. Remember that other drivers cannot always see you. Don’t assume that a car is going to yield or that a driver can see you. Unfortunately, riders are less visible on the road and therefore prone to accidents caused by blind spots.

Make yourself visible. In addition to remaining mindful of your blind spots, you should also make yourself visible to other drivers. Ensure that your lights are in working order and that you are wearing appropriate gear.

Never drink and drive. While everyone knows that drinking and driving is dangerous, a healthy reminder can improve rider safety. Even one or two drinks can impair reaction time, and those two seconds could save your life.

Drivers should share the road. May is motorcycle safety month, but drivers of vehicles should also remember to share the road. Riders have additional dangers to face and drivers should make an extra effort to avoid accidents and injury involving motorcycles.

Be proactive. As a rider, you should always take extra safety precautions. Always use your mirrors and double-check before changing lanes. Continue to size up risks and potential dangers you may encounter on the road.

While most motorcyclists appreciate the risky nature of riding, it can be eye-opening to realize the number of accidents and serious injuries caused by collision. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists account for 14% of accident traffic fatalities (even though they make up just 3% of all registered vehicles). The NHTSA estimates that riders are 30 times more likely that car passengers to suffer a fatal injury.

Motorcyclists face some of the most catastrophic injuries when involved in accidents. In many cases, riders will need long-term medical treatment and care, including rehabilitation. Our firm is highly experienced in complicated accident cases involving motorcycle accident and injury. We know that rider safety is important, but that even the most careful drivers can become victims of catastrophic, even fatal motorcycle collisions. We will initiate an immediate investigation to determine the cause of the accident, identify responsible parties, and help you pursue the compensation you are entitled to.
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There’s a new addition to the Columbus Police Department. It’s a new motorcycle and it’s helping to help to educate riders and to raise awareness in all motorists of their presence on our roadways, according to Blue Ridge Now.

Police Chief Chris Beddingfield says that his department has always been active members in the Governor’s Highway Safety Program and enjoy being safe driving advocates for all types of motorists. The Department also participated in the state’s Bike Safe program.
“North Carolina’s Bike Safe program promotes accident prevention training and pairs motorcycle officers with civilians,” said Beddingfield.

Our Columbus motorcycle accident attorneys understand that motorcyclists face serious risks for fatal accidents on our roadways. These motorists may have some of the most advanced skills on two-wheels, but without defensive driving habits they can find themselves in some serious trouble. Through the Bike Safe program, local police departments get to offer Rider Skills Days to motorcyclists in the area to help them to brush up on these skills. These courses allow officers to team up with riders to get a hands-on assessment on their current motorcycle skills along with advice on how to be an even safer driver.

Chief Beddingfield says that the program kicked off back in 2005 after the department noticed a significant spike in the number of motorcycle crashes in the area. He adds that there are only a few departments in the state that offer this program, be he hopes to take it national one day.

The Governor’s Highway Safety Program offers police departments “points” when they participate in safe driving programs. Departments can then turn in these points for money to help to fund new equipment. In 2011, the Columbus Police Department was able to cash in their points to get the new motorcycle. Without the point system, none of this would have been possible.

Beddingfield says that the motorcycle program has been quite effective. He says that residents have stopped him in the area to talk about the bike and to talk about the risks associated with motorcycling. He said it has made more of a contribution than he would ever have thought.

Both the Bike Safe program and the new motorcycle has helped to create closer ties between police agencies across the state. Both Asheville and Hendersonville offer the Bike Safe program. Sometimes these departments even team up and share their equipment and resources for even bigger programs.

The Columbus Police Department will be holding a Bike Safe Program on the 10th of August and again on the 21st of September. Anyone can participate. All you have to have is your own motorcycle and your own motorcycle license.

This program is important and helpful in the state because in order to get a motorcycle license in North Carolina, you have to only pass a written test. Unfortunately, they don’t need to ever have ridden a motorcycle to get one.
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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.
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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.
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We thought there may have been a glimmer of hope when we saw a 16 percent decrease in the number of fatal motorcycle accidents in Spartanburg and elsewhere back in 2009. That glimmer has been squashed. According to Reuters, the number of motorcycle accidents nationwide has been on the rise for the last 2 years despite the recent decrease in the number of overall motor vehicle fatalities nationwide.
We’re seeing the lowest number of overall motor vehicle accidents since 1949, but that doesn’t count the number of motorcycle accidents. There have been a number of safety awareness campaigns, like the recent Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, but nothing seems to be working. Within the last year, the number of motorcyclist fatalities has r increased in 26 states.

Our Spartanburg motorcycle accident lawyers understand that there were nearly 5,000 motorcyclist fatalities in each year of both 2010 and 2011. Officials are pointing to a number of reasons for the steady numbers. Some credit the improving economy, saying that more residents have the extra cash to splurge on a motorcycle. Some credit the rising gas prices, saying that motorists are looking for the cheapest way to get around. For both of those reasons, more motorcyclists are hitting our roadways and with more traffic we’re seeing more risks for accidents. Some even credit a lackadaisical government, saying that motorcycle helmet laws in many states aren’t strict enough and too many riders are flying down our roadways unprotected.

Back in 1975, there were 47 states that required helmets for all riders. Now there are only 19 states that have this kind of law in place. With opposition from bikers’ rights groups, there are five states that are looking at repealing their current helmet law. Motorcyclists are already at high risks for serious injury and death in the event of a traffic accident. Their risks skyrocket when they’re not wearing a helmet!

In the state of South Carolina, only motorcyclists under the age of 21-years-old are required to wear a motorcycle helmet, according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS).

Some of these fatal accidents are just because of a lack of safety. In 2010, nearly 30 percent of motorcyclist fatalities were the result of alcohol. During this same time, nearly 40 percent involved a speeding driver, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.

How can you help?

If you’re a motorist, try to keep a better eye out for our two-wheeled friends. Motorcyclists are oftentimes overlooked in traffic because of their small size. Take that extra moment to check your surroundings, especially your blind spots, to make sure there are no motorcyclists around you before making a move in traffic.

If you’re a motorcyclist, wear a helmet regardless of your state’s law. Avoid drinking and driving, abide by the speed limit and drive cautiously.
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There were nearly 31,000 motorists cited throughout the state during this year’s “Motorcycle Safety Awareness” Campaign, which took place from April 30th through May 6th.

Motorists were handed various traffic and criminal citations during this time by both local and state law enforcement officials. This campaign aims to raise awareness about motorcycles on our roadways and to help to reduce the risks of accidents in Charlotte and elsewhere.
“State and local law enforcement agencies across the state stepped up patrols and conducted training during the week-long campaign to educate cyclists and motorists about the importance of motorcycle safety,” said Governor’s Highway Safety Program (GHSP) Director Becky Wallace.

Our Charlotte accident lawyers understand that motorcyclists have some of the highest fatality rates of all drivers. As we head into the summer months we can only expect more and more motorcyclists on our roadways. These motorists are oftentimes overlooked on our roadways and with the little protection, they’re likely to be seriously injured or killed in traffic accidents across the nation. For that reason, safety officials believe it’s important to raise awareness about these vulnerable motorists.

During this year’s safety campaign, officials with the GHSP worked alongside various law enforcement agencies to conduct a number of motorcyclist safety rider training programs statewide. In addition to these efforts, Bike Safe North Carolina conducted a number of motorcycle safety training classes throughout North Carolina. These classes will be continuing on throughout the remainder of the month.

In 2011, there were nearly 200,000 registered motorcycles in the state of North Carolina. During this time, there were more than 4,115 motorcycle accidents. These crashes ended up taking the lives of more than 140 motorcyclists and injured another 4,000, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).

To help to further the education, the GHSP offers these safety tips to motorists:

-Motorists and motorcyclists are required to share the road with one another. Motorcycles have the right to a full lane of traffic. They follow the same road rules as you and I and should be treated with the same respect as any other driver.

-Stay alert behind the wheel. Motorcyclists can easily get lost in traffic and in a vehicle’s blind spot. Be sure that you take an extra second to look through traffic for these small motorists before making a maneuver in traffic, whether it’s a turn or a lane change.

-Make sure that you keep a safe distance from motorcyclists. Allow more following distance behind these vehicles.

-Be cautious. The turn signals on motorcycles are not self-canceling. Sometimes riders can forget to shut them off. Make sure a biker’s signal is for real.
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