Articles Posted in Motorcycle Accidents

If you have ever ridden a motorcycle, chances are you’ve heard the phrase “loud pipes save lives.” If not, you might have heard a motorcyclist say it in defense of their loud exhaust pipes. So, is this statement true?

Well, in fact, this statement does hold truth.

Attentive Driving is More Than Looking

For the most part, motorists drive defensively to avoid accidents with other passenger vehicles and trucks. However, many times, motorcycles aren’t even on their radar. This is one of the leading causes of accidents between cars and motorcycles.

Motorcycles are the most susceptible to severe and even fatal injuries. With this in mind, drivers should always be actively looking for all sorts of vehicles on the road, including motorcycles.

In events when this isn’t the case, there are ways that motorcyclists can help keep themselves safe by increasing their visibility to drivers who aren’t necessarily looking for them.

Injuries sustained due to motorcycle accidents can be severe. In fact, motorcycle accidents are 29 times more likely to cause fatal injuries. When a motorcyclist is lucky enough to survive a crash, it doesn’t mean that they’re out of the woods yet. Oftentimes, these accidents land riders in the hospital.

Motorcycle accident victims sustain similar types of injuries due to the way in which they happen, and there are patterns that can be observed in the types and severity of injuries.

Head Injuries

Many people ride motorcycles recreationally and as a means of transportation. While they can be enjoyable, they can also be dangerous. Riders do not have the physical protection that vehicles provide and are therefore more susceptible to injuries if they are involved in a collision.

Helmets are one of the ways that motorcyclists avoid sustaining injuries in these instances, but not everyone feels the need to wear them. There are different laws, both federally and at a state level, that determine when a motorcyclist is required to wear a helmet.

History of Helmet Laws

Most people don’t know road clippings in the street could cause any sort of hazard or legal trouble. It sounds innocent enough. Many will leave their road trimmings scattered about the roadway, yet recently, concerns about them have begun to arise. Online debates have taken place as to the legality of this practice, with many residents arguing that there is no such law to prohibit putting your day’s grass clippings in the road. So why is this causing such a heated debate?

Road Hazards

Besides the obvious aesthetics of grass in the road that some may not like, the real hazard of lawn clippings in the road comes from the slipperiness that the grass can cause, especially for motorcycle riders. On a curve, or even on a straightaway, riding over grass trimmings is no different than riding in the rain. There’s less friction between the ground and wheels. Motorcycles have two wheels and have a harder time balancing, so the risk of getting into an accident is that much higher for them.

We’ve all seen it. A motorcyclist is riding the lines, a car doesn’t like it, the two exchange a few hand gestures and words, and an accident is narrowly avoided. Or a motorcycle rides through a line of cars full of many upset, impatient drivers who are stuck in a storm of traffic.

Whatever the circumstance, it seems like the road is never shared between these two and four-wheeled motor vehicles without some frustration coming out for one thing or another. This frustration can lead to dangerous or reckless driving and accidents as a result. Without the physical protection that cars provide, motorcyclists are at a much greater risk for sustaining severe or even fatal injuries if an accident does occur. So, where does this disconnect between motorcyclists and drivers stem from?

A Short History of Motorcycles

The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor is known for our incredible personal injury representation, our attorneys who love motorcycles, and our community involvement. We are always looking for new and better ways to improve the lives of the peoples in our communities through fundraisers, charitable events, donations, spreading awareness, and so forth. We continue our history of community involvement this weekend by hosting a Bikini Bike Wash that will benefit the Women’s Resource Center in Hickory, North Carolina!

What you should know about the Bikini Bike Wash:

  • Date: Saturday, September 1st, 2018

Our firm, The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor, is thrilled to announce our very own Attorney Taylor will be hosting a guest at an important event this weekend, the Ron Howard Memorial Veteran’s Day Ride. This exciting event will take place on November 11, at 10:00AM to 6:00PM, at Iomax at 129 Yeager Rd., Mooresville, North Carolina. All proceeds of this incredible event will go to Purple Heart Homes, Warrior 360, and Children’s Hope Alliance. Attendees will participate in door prizes, a raffle, a silent auction, and a 50/50 drawing. To learn more about this event, click here.

Attorney Taylor will be hosting a special guest, a young man who was sent to our firm by Camp Luck. Our special guest currently lives with congenital heart disease, and it has always been a dream of his to ride a motorcycle. More information can be found at Campluck.com.

We are thrilled to provide our special guest the amazing opportunity to do what he’s always dreamed of. Our sincere dedication to events such as these proves just how committed we are to being a positive force to our clients, colleagues, and community–we hope to see you this Saturday at this exciting event in memory of Ron Howard!

The 13th Annual Antique Bikes on Main event will be here soon! If you are as avid a motorcycle enthusiast as our team at The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor, in Hickory, Charlotte, and Columbia, then you will certainly want to attend. In fact, we are so excited about this event that we decided to sponsor it this year.

Important information regarding the event:

  • When: Friday, July 28th to Sunday, July 30th
  • Where: Downtown Chesnee
  • Additional info: http://www.antiquebikesonmain.com/
  • Contact for rally: Dennis Harris (864 – 590 –2141)

On Saturday, the Antique Bikes on Main event will feature an exciting fireworks display to end the day. There will also be a swap meet, free carnival rides, an assortment of vendors, and live music both weekend days. The swap meet is particularly interesting to our motorcyclists at The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor since it promises to be a one-of-a-kind opportunity to browse rare spare parts, find unique ornaments, and see some great rides at the same time.

With summer right around the corner and warm weather here to stay, North Carolina will naturally see an influx in the number of motorcycle riders on our public roads and highways. While some riders may be passing through or touring local cities as part of summer rides, others are traveling directly to North Carolina communities to celebrate several motorcycle events. These include the upcoming Hog Happenin’ and Smoke Out 18.

  • Hog Happenin’ – Hog Happenin’ is a regional bike fest that also features the North Carolina State Championship Barbeque Cook-Off. It takes place on June 2 and 3, 2017. During this upcoming weekend, riders and barbeque teams will be traveling from across North Carolina and surrounding states to attend the event in downtown Lincolnton, northwest of Charlotte in Lincoln County. The event draws hundreds of motorcycle riders and numerous barbeque teams that often travel with trailers or larger vehicles. This sudden influx in motor vehicle traffic, especially when a great deal of riders and motorists are from out of town and may not be familiar with local roads or laws, can create a number of risks for everyone on the road.
  • Smoke Out 18 – Smoke Out 18 is an annual motorcycle event held in Rockingham, North Carolina from June 16 -17. Each year, the event draws numerous riders from across the region, as well as other attendees who travel by motor vehicle to enjoy the entertainment, vendors, and festivities. Unfortunately, this means a weekend filled with additional traffic and increased risks of auto accidents.

Although this time of year can be great for hitting the town on your bike, heading out on a road trip, or attending local rallies and events, the increase in traffic, out-of-town motorists on vacation, and alcohol-impaired motorists can make the summer months some of the most dangerous months of the year. In fact, the period between Memoria Day and Labor Day is referred to as the ‘100 Deadliest Days of Summer’ by AAA. This is because the summer months historically see an increase in traffic wrecks, injuries, and deaths.

If you have plans to enjoy local events as a motorcycle rider or motorist, or if you are simply a local resident who needs to head out on the road, our Hickory personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor want to remind you that there are increased risks on our roadways, and that safety should always be a top priority. To help you stay safe, we have put together some key points about these risks and what you can do to protect yourself and those around you.

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