On Friday night, there was a motorcycle injury crash in Marion. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime before 8:00 p.m. on Reid Street in McDowell County. Very few details about this apparent one-vehicle crash have been released, but we do know that when first responders arrived on the scene, the motorcycle rider was found to be suffering from life-threatening injuries. That person was transported to Mission Hospital’s Trauma Center for treatment.
A portion of the roadway was closed until about 10:00 p.m. as crews and first responders worked the scene. No information has been released about the injured motorcycle rider’s current condition. Additionally, there has been no word on the cause of the crash, which is likely still under investigation with local law enforcement officials.
U.S. Motorcycle Crash Facts
- There were 5,172 motorcyclist fatalities in 2017.
- In 2016, there were 5,337 motorcyclists killed in crashes.
- Between 2016 and 2017, there was a three-percent decrease in motorcyclist fatalities in the U.S.
- Per vehicle mile traveled in 2017, motorcyclist fatalities happened nearly 27 times more frequently than passenger car occupant fatalities in traffic crashes.
- The NHTSA estimates that helmets saved 1,872 motorcyclists’ lives in 2017.
Improving Safety for Motorcycle Riders in The U.S.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently trying to improve safety for motorcycle riders in the U.S. through a variety of public campaigns. Their “Share the Road” campaign is all about educating motor vehicle drivers about how they can better share the road with motorcycle riders and other vulnerable roadway users.
The NHTSA also has a Rider Safety campaign aimed at raising awareness about risk factors associated with motorcycle crashes. They have plenty of tips to help riders improve their own personal safety while navigating busy roadways.
Motorcycle Accidents in Asheville
After any kind of accident involving a motorcycle and another motor vehicle, it’s a good idea to speak with a Personal Injury lawyer about your case. You may be entitled to compensation to cover medical bills and other costs associated with your injuries.If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident in Asheville or in any of the nearby Western North Carolina communities, contact the skilled and proven Personal Injury team at a Davis Law Group, P.A. at 828-303-2842 for a free case consultation today.