Brian Bowden died on January 13 when he was hit while riding his motorcycle in Craven County. The 20-year-old New Bern man died almost instantly when he was hit by 41-year-old Angela Heath. Ms. Heath has been charged with misdemeanor death by a motor vehicle as a result of the accident.
Nationally, thousands of people die every year due to motorcycle accidents. In 2006, the latest year for which data is available, some 4,810 people throughout the United States were killed while riding on their motorcycles.
Wearing the right kind of helmet can help to save your life though. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends using a helmet with specific safety characteristics.
Some of the things they recommend consumers look for are:
- Thick lining — the inner lining of the helmet should appear nice and thick
- Sturdy chin strap — even the best helmet is worthless if it flies off of your head during an accident
- Weighs at least three pounds — quality helmets will have significant heft to them.
- Smooth surfaces — for example, if there is a visor on your helmet, you should not see spikes on the sides to hold it in place
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, it is vital that you obtain the services of a qualified personal injury attorney to represent you. Motorcyclists are at particular disadvantage in many accidents because insurance companies often try to claim that they were driving in an unsafe manner. It is imperative that you have an experienced attorney working hard to get you everything you deserve.