Increase In Motorcycle Fatalities In ENC

A new report shows that motorcycle fatalities in Eastern Carolina are up 20 percent from this time last year.

It's a staggering number that troopers hope motorcyclists and others on the road will pay attention to and be more cautious.

NC Highway Patrol Trooper Jeff Collins says some important safety tips are for motorcyclists to follow the speed limit, wear bright clothing so that they can be seen, and to ride alone in the lane, not next to eachother. He also says there are many bike safety courses that riders can take that can be really helpful.

Jeff Fichten, owner of Motorcycle Dreamz in Greenville, says he recently had a friend die in a motorcycle accident and he hopes riders will heed officials warnings and be very cautious.

He says sometimes people ride too fast, or inexperienced drivers get on a bike that is too big or fast for them and that can cause accidents.

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  • by Amy Location: Ayden on Sep 13, 2010 at 11:41 AM
    I would like to think that cell phone usage and texting can also attribute to the dangers of riding any type of vehicle. I often see drivers making stupid mistakes because they are not paying attention and this is not directed towards our youth but all drivers. It doesn't matter what the motorcylist is wearing when the driver is too busy to pay attention. Take notice when you are sitting at a stoplight of the drivers around you on a phone. I can also be included in the ignorance of chatting while driving.
  • by Ducati girl Location: ENC on Sep 13, 2010 at 10:23 AM
    hey folks i ride a liter bike and have put over 6000 miles on it in the last 3 years. i take care to wear appropriate safety gear--APPROVED full-face helmet, leather jacket, kevlar jeans, and proper boots. i'm cautious, i know my bike, and i expect every other driver (car, truck, or bike) around me to be a total idiot. i just assume everyone else doesn't see me, and ride accordingly. this article merely states a headline without giving any details or facts. noting the details/statistics of accidents would be helpful to pinpoint where the biggest problem is with motorcycle accidents in ENC. bottom line though: be HONEST with yourself and your abilities on YOUR bike, and always ALWAYS be aware of your surroundings on the highway--whether you're driving a car, truck, school bus, motorcycle, or scooter. PAY ATTENTION PEOPLE & KNOW THE RULES OF THE ROAD FOR EVERYONE!!!! also flip flops, shorts, t-shirts, and "brain buckets" are NOT safety gear on a motorcycle!!!
  • by Cautious Location: ENC on Sep 13, 2010 at 09:58 AM
    Somewhere along the line, I learned to leave one car length between my vehicle and a motorcycle rider at a red light. If I get hit from behind, at least the cyclist in front of me would stand a chance if there were room between the two vehicles. Invariably, every time I use this procedure, some impatient driver feels compelled to wedge themselves between me and the cyclist. Is getting somewhere one tenth of a second ahead of me worth risking the life of another?
  • by Dave on Sep 13, 2010 at 09:36 AM
    I'll be the first to admit that I was once one of those young crotch-rocket riders with little or no fear and/or respect for the bike. It took a couple of stupid mistakes on my part to change my attitude toward riding (in general) and now at 49, I consider myself a more vigilant rider in watching out for the oblivious car/truck driver. I still ride the same "sportbike", but I'm inclined to agree with the majority here, that most accidents occur when drivers aren't aware and concentrated on the task at hand - driving. And I find that a lot of these accidents also seem to occur after dark! That's why I personally don't ride my bike after dark! I don't think it's fair to try and single out one sect of rider over another, because the simple fact is... car/truck drivers are indiscriminate. They don't care what kind of bike you're riding. There's an old bycicle saying that really fits here that says: "share the road" - PLEASE! God bless and watch over all riders. Amen
  • by Anonymous on Sep 13, 2010 at 09:05 AM
    On Sept. 9, 2010 WITN ran this story "U.S. Highway Deaths Hit Lowest Level Since 1950 - The number of people dying on the nation's roads has fallen to its lowest level in six decades, helped by a combination of seat belts, safer cars and tougher enforcement of drunken driving laws." So dying on the roads is way down, but dying on a motorcycle is way up?????
  • by Charles Location: Chocowinity on Sep 13, 2010 at 08:25 AM
    This info should be classified in several ways to be useful. Which are caused by the rider, which by operators of other vehicles? Type of bike. Age of rider. Location. Experience level of rider. Day/night. Weekend/weekday. I have been riding a curiser for 37 years. I had my first and only accident 6 wks after I purchased my first bike. I was 18, inexperienced, enjoying myself to much, and going to fast to share the road in a curve. I had to lay it down. My fault. Minor injuries and minor damage, by God's grace, left me shaken and MUCH wiser. Since then I have had many close calls, ALL THE FAULT OF AUTOMOBILE DRIVERS. I have learned many defensive driving tatics, which I also use in operating my car. Youth and inexperience do cause bike accidents, BUT THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY ARE DUE TO CARELESS AUTOMOBILE DRIVERS. Stress on motorcycle awareness for automobile drivers is the No.1 way to reduce motorcycle accidents. Teaching defensive driving tactics to inexperienced riders is the 2nd.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 13, 2010 at 08:10 AM
    About the time I got my drivers permit, almost 40 years ago, my Mom took me to a demo on riding motorcycles. It was an hour long class that explained everything from what you need to wear for when you hit the pavement to safety. It was followed by time on a bike with insturctor. This made me very more aware of motorcycles on the road around me and what I, as a responsible driver need to watch for. Safety is everyones responsiblity. Know what is going on around you at all times.
  • by amazed Location: washington on Sep 13, 2010 at 06:27 AM
    35 mph scooters need to be outlawed. Are they included in this statistic? It is quite a rush for one to appear from behind a vehicle you are following on 264 @ 55mph. Also, motorists see approaching headlights and can't tell at a glance if they are coming towards them at 35 or 85 mph (esp at night). How are these vehicles legal? No ins, no lic., can't maintain highway speed!
  • by Mike Location: Pantego on Sep 13, 2010 at 06:26 AM
    I own and operate a Motorcycle repair shop. I only service harleys period. I have seen pepole Drop bikes coming in and out of my drive way. Ive seen pepole drop them in the road in front of the shop. Ive also seen pepole leave and wonder if they will make it home or not. I agree that the majority of rocket riders are under expeienced on a motorcycle that is overpowerd but No matter what type/brand bike you ride it comes down to the rider. The MSF is a great program but the majority of accidents ive seen here at the shop was by riders who took the course. The course gives to much confidence to an unexperinced rider. I cant count the number of close calls ive had over the years with drivers pulling out,turning in front,or just plain cutting me off. Its gonna happen but it is point less to lay blame. Pay attention and look twice.This goes for everyone,drivers and riders.
  • by Bilge53 Location: Oriental on Sep 13, 2010 at 05:21 AM
    A cardinal rule: "It's not who is right but who is left." See, prepare and avoid.
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