Although motorcycle accidents do not necessarily occur more frequently than other types of accidents, but they are more likely to result in serious injury or death, since motorcycles offer virtually no protection to riders in the event of a crash.
Some of the most frequent circumstances surrounding motorcycle accidents include:
Crashes involving motorcycles and other vehicles, such as automobiles, account for an estimated 56 percent of motorcycle accident deaths. In most motorcycle-car accidents, the car struck the motorcycle head-on 78 percent of the time, and from the rear only 5 percent of the time.
Cars Making Left-Hand Turns
The most dangerous situation for a motorcyclist to be in is when a car is making a left-hand turn and the motorcycle is traveling through the intersection, passing the car, or trying to overtake the car. This is because a motorcycle is smaller in size and less visible to the turning vehicle.
Although not authorized in North Carolina, the process of lane splitting, when a motorcycle drives between two lanes of stopped or slowly moving cars (typically in traffic jams) is extremely dangerous to the motorcyclists, for several reasons:
- The motorcycle is very close to the cars.
- The motorcycle has very little space in which to maneuve.
- The cars don’t expect a motorcycle in between lanes.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident in Guilford County, North Carolina, contact the attorneys at Nagle & Associates online or call (800) 411-1583 for a free case evaluation. We handle motorcycle accident cases on a contingency basis, and won’t charge a fee unless we recover damages on your behalf. For a no-risk consultation, call us today.