Category Archives: Motor Vehicle Accidents

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How Can Motorcycle Riders Increase Visibility?

Motorcycles are some of the smallest motor vehicles on the road. Many motorcycle accidents occur when motorists fail to see riders in time to avoid a collision. It is extremely important to maximize your visibility if you regularly use a motorcycle. The following six tips may help you increase your visibility while riding: Wear bright clothing and gear. You could increase your visibility by picking yellow, orange or fluorescent colored helmets, vests, gloves and other gear. In addition, you could also consider using gear that is treated with reflective materials. Motorists may have a more difficult time spotting you if you are wearing dark gear, especially at night. Choose a brightly colored motorcycle. You could stand out more if your motorcycle is red, yellow or orange. Like with clothing, darker colors can make you less visible to motorists. Make use of reflective tape. If you are riding at night, reflective…
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Six Ways to Share the Road with Motorcycles

Motorists have a duty to share the road with motorcyclists. However, the 4,000 plus fatal motorcycle accidents that occur each year show that motorists are not always cautious around riders. You could help share the road by utilizing the following tips. Use your signals. Help motorcyclists and other drivers determine what you are going to do by making use of your turn signals. Never abruptly change lanes in front of a motorcyclist or other driver without signaling first. If other vehicles attempt to pass you at the same time you are changing lanes, it could force a collision. Give motorcyclists space. You should try to give motorcyclists extra space in front of and behind your vehicle. This will give them more room to maneuver in case there is an emergency, such as a surprise traffic jam or pothole. Never attempt to share a lane with a motorcyclist. Give motorcyclists the…
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Wrong-Way Crash in Charlotte Kills Two

The North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal wrong-way crash that occurred on Interstate 485 over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. Highway Patrol troopers said the wrong-way driver hit two other vehicles before slamming head-on into a Honda sedan. The wrong-way driver and the driver of the Honda sedan died in the wreck. Troopers believe the wrong-way driver may have been impaired. This is the third death caused by a wrong-way driver on I-485 since the Thanksgiving holiday. Wrong-way crashes caused 145 fatalities and 643 injuries on North Carolina roads between 2000 and 2016. Data published by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) show that 69 percent of fatal wrong-way crashes involve alcohol impairment. Officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) have also said that many wrong-way crashes are caused by impaired drivers. Could this Program Prevent North Carolina Wrong-Way Crashes? NCDOT’s Turnpike Authority is…
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