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.

Normative beliefs are an individual’s beliefs that they hold closely to their core principles, and therefore believe to be the norm. Everyone projects their normative beliefs onto those around them, such as setting expectations for family and friends based on your own ideas. In a legal setting, normative beliefs can be a major influence on the outcome of a case. undefined

To help legal professionals understand normative beliefs and how they can be tested and used in a legal case, Attorney Jason E. Taylor of The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor will soon cohost two focus groups. He will be joined by his good friend and colleague, Attorney William Goldfarb from Monroe, North Carolina. By the end of the focus groups, attendees should have a clearer idea of normative believes, how they can influence the interpretation of evidence, and so forth. The purpose of the exercise is learning how to frame a case in a way that gives you and your client the best chance for success.

Important information about the focus groups:

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 upcoming “MOMENTUM: DWI & DUI Advocacy for North Carolina & South Carolina Practitioners” conference will be a hot destination for legal professionals throughout the Carolinas. At the conference, a number of key speakers will present topics about everything related to driving while impaired (DWI) and driving under the influence (DUI) charges and cases.

The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor is excited to announce that Attorney Jason Taylor has been invited to speak. Jason Taylor is looking forward to sharing his experience and thoughts with his criminal law peers.

Important information about the Momentum conference:

Motorcycle accidents cause some of the most serious road injuries. In fact, they’re nearly 29 times more deadly than normal vehicular accidents. These accidents can cause even more severe injuries when motorcyclists don’t wear helmets, although injuries can happen to anyone involved in an accident on two wheels. One of the most common injuries that motorcyclists sustain are head injuries, so it’s essential to know the signs of one following an accident. 

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can take days, weeks, or even months after an accident to show symptoms. Being that head injuries are one of the most common causes of motorcycle accident fatalities, it’s essential to understand the signs of a head injury to look for after being involved in one. Depending on the size, type, and location of the head injury, symptoms may include:

  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Memory loss or amnesia
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Visual problems
  • Poor attention or concentration
  • Irritability or emotional disturbances

Secondary Brain Injuries

Secondary brain injuries, versus primary brain injuries, occur specifically when there are changes to the brain that occur hours or days after the primary brain injury. It happens when there is inflammation or a release of chemicals in the brain following a head injury. Swelling in the brain may cause increased intracranial pressure, which could lead to brain damage or death. It’s possible that, after a motorcycle accident, a victim could still have head trauma or a brain injury that develops later on. Immediately seek medical treatment if you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, as brain injuries could develop at a delayed time.

At The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor, we are dedicated to helping clients throughout North and South Carolina who have been injured in devastating car accidents. Car accidents are one of the leading causes of injury in the United States. In 2015, 123,589 people suffered serious car accident injuries, while 1,380 were killed in traffic accidents in North Carolina.

Now that Labor Day Weekend is approaching, it is important to know how to keep you and your family safe when you are on the road. Because Labor Day Weekend is one of the deadliest times of the year, we want to take the time to discuss accident statistics for Labor Day Weekend.

Consider the following accident statistics before you get behind the wheel this holiday weekend:

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

The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor is pleased to announce the grand opening of our new office in Greenville, NC! The new office will be located at:

313 South Evans St.
Greenville, NC 27858

Our entire legal team is thrilled to become a part of the Greenville community, and looks forward to helping local residents protect their rights as they navigate the personal injury process. With an established office in Charlotte, our Greenville, NC location will help us provide residents throughout the northeastern part of the state with greater access to a team that has earned the respect and trust of clients across North and South Carolina, and has secured a track record of proven results in all types of personal injury cases, including:

Hog Happenin’ 2018 is just around the corner! As the sponsor of this exciting regional bike festival, our team at The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor are more hyped than ever before, especially when we start thinking about all the reasons why you should be at the event. What is reason #6 for coming to Hog Happenin’?

#6 BBQ Competition

Hog Happenin’ is scheduled from June 7th to June 10th at the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds in Newton, which is no stranger to awesome BBQ competitions. We are going to bring in local BBQ judges to sample the food of the competing teams. It is going to be a food-lover’s dream to see who comes out on top as the best BBQ pit master in the Carolinas!

If you are not going to enter into the BBQ competition yourself, then you will still be able to partake in the incredible BBQ offerings. There will be BBQ vendors selling food, sauces, accessories, etc. Best of all, some of the BBQ competition teams are going to sell the same BBQ the judges will be sampling. Our mouths are already watering!

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