The driver of a pickup truck that struck a motorcycle, killing the couple, says he did not see the bike until it was too late. It is not yet clear how this could be, given that this motorcycle accident happened before 8 p.m. on a North Carolina highway not far from Burlington. However it happened, this deadly incident is a solemn reminder of what can happen when car and truck drivers fail to look out for motorcycles.
One reason that motorcycle accidents happen is drivers fail to look at their blind spots, or they simply fail to watch out for (and respect) motorcyclists on the road. Motorcyclists and driver of other vehicles may have a somewhat rocky relationship out on the road -- but that shouldn't prevent drivers in closed, protected cars from dismissing the presence of a motorcyclist. People on motorcycles are inherently more prone to injuries in an accident.
A North Carolina organization that helps people who have been injured in a motorcycle accident helped a man in another state get back on his bike. The man suffered serious brain and collarbone injuries, and was hesitant to ride his motorcycle again until he joined the group, called the Bikers for Bikers Foundation.
Motorcycle riders in Wilmington know that no matter how much care they take to protect themselves on the road, negligent drivers pose a threat all the time. There are many ways that a car or truck can cause a motorcycle accident but one of the easiest ways a driver can do so is to make an unsafe left turn. Failing to signal the turn or turning too close to an approaching motorcycle often leads to a collision, and for bikers any accident can be very serious.