Motorcycle Accidents in North Carolina

Motorcyclists on busy roads can be particularly susceptible to serious injury and death, even with the protection of a helmet. When you are riding on a motorcycle, you lack the physical protection that a car provides and are less visible to other drivers. As such, a motorcyclist may be more susceptible to the negligence of other drivers on the road.

North Carolina only has a few requirements to obtain a motorcycle license:

  • Possession of a full provisional, regular, or commercial driver’s license
  • A learner’s permit of 12 months if the driver is between 16-18
  • Vision test
  • Traffic sign test
  • General knowledge of motorcycles and road test

Interestingly, the North Carolina DMV does not enforce a mandatory motorcycle safety course that other states require for their newly licensed motorcyclists.

The most studied topic in motorcycle safety is the use of helmets in preventing and mitigating head injuries. The law behind helmet safety is well established. According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, all operators and passengers on a motorcycle or moped must wear a motorcycle safety helmet that fits safety regulations. Other factors commonly studied regarding motorcycle crashes include driver intoxication and rider training and experience.

If you or a family member have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be faced with medical treatment and bills, damaged property, lost time from work, and issues dealing with the insurance companies involved. Consider speaking with an experienced personal injury lawyer that can best represent your case for compensation for your motorcycle accident.

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