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North Carolina Motorcyclists: Be Careful!

Merlin Pogson became a victim of some of the most dangerous roads in the United States just before the New Year. The Mt. Ulla man, who luckily only suffered minor injuries, was riding his motorcycle near Salisbury, when a sedan collided with him, causing him to lose control of his motorcycle. The driver of the sedan, Coreen Ramos of Salisbury, was charged with failure to yield while turning.

North Carolina has the dubious distinction of having two of the most dangerous roads in America (the only state with more than one) according to Destination America. US 129 was ranked by the American Automobile Association (AAA) of the Carolinas as being the road with the “best chance of being killed” in 2008. I-26 is also a killer road, accounting for 325 deaths in the past decade. Another website, High Country Press, lists Graham, Alleghany, Clay, Pamlico and Pender counties, with their narrow mountainous roads and harrowing turns, as being the most dangerous in the state for motorcycle riders.

With motorcycles less visible on the roads than other kinds of vehicles, it is vital that motorcycle riders practice defensive driving:  In general, try to take the full width of your lane, watch for other vehicles which may get too close to you and don’t be afraid to use the lights on your bike to signal. Always consider the possibility that the other driver may not see you.

If you or a loved one has been injured on one of these roads while riding a motorcycle, it is important to obtain quality representation as soon as possible. Drivers of sedans often try to blame motorcycle drivers for being reckless on the roads — you will need an experienced personal injury attorney working hard to defend your rights in court.