Governor Roy Cooper is currently raising awareness about the dangers facing motorcycle riders in North Carolina. May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, you’re five times more likely to be injured in a motorcycle crash than any other type of vehicle, and you’re 29 times more likely to die. Motorcycle riders are still one of the most vulnerable roadway user groups in North Carolina and across the nation. At this time, the Asheville Police Department is increasing motorcycle patrols in the Town Mountain area. They’re also encouraging riders to wear protective gear and helmets.

Motorcycle Crash Facts

In 2015, there were 5,029 motorcyclists killed in crashes.

In 2015, more than 88,000 motorcycle riders were injured in crashes.

In 2016, there were 5,286 motorcycle riders killed in crashes.

Motorcycles make up three percent of all registered vehicles in the U.S., but motorcycle riders account for nearly 14 percent of all traffic fatalities.

Safety Tips For Motorcycle Riders

There are a variety of ways that motorcycle riders can improve their personal safety. First of all, it’s critically important to wear a DOT-complaint helmet for every ride. Motorcyclists should always obey traffic laws and use hand or turn signals when turning or changing lanes. Wearing brightly colored clothes can also improve visibility to other drivers. Finally, riders should never ride distracted or impaired.

Tips For Motorists

At the end of the day, drivers need to share the road and be on the lookout for motorcycle riders and other vulnerable roadway users. Drivers need to stay alert and refrain from any form of distracted or impaired driving. Always check blind spots before switching lanes, and make sure to use your signals diligently. Look twice before pulling out into traffic, and give motorcycles plenty of room to maneuver. A motorcycle can’t stop on a dime, and they have a right to a full lane.

Motorcycle Accidents in Asheville

Motorcycle accidents can be devastating for riders. Even a seemingly minor accident can send a rider to the hospital with severe or catastrophic injuries. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident involving a dangerous or distracted driver in Asheville or in any of the surrounding Western North Carolina communities, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 828-303-2842 for a free case consultation today.