Kevin Woods is a state trooper in North Carolina. He is also a veteran motorcycle rider with over 30 years of riding experience. He patrols in a car, but still loves to take the occasional ride.
“It’s a passion of mine,” Woods said. “Just get out and hit the open road – it’s so relaxing.”
However, he also knows that motorcycle riders are at a disproportionate risk of suffering fatal injuries on the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are 37 times more likely to die in an accident per mile traveled than automobile passengers are. This is why he is crafting a motorcycle safety presentation to teach his community about motorcycle safety.
His biggest concerns for bikers are speeding and drinking, which are leading factors in fatal motorcycle accidents.
“Operating a motorcycle is so complicated anyway, it’s just never a good idea to mix any alcohol and riding a motorcycle,” Wood said. He explained that since you use both your hands, your feet and your sense of balance to perform a variety of functions, any amount of alcohol can worsen rider performance. He also says that it is easy to speed on bike, especially for new riders.
For other drivers on the road, Woods says driver inattention causes most of the motorcycle crashes he sees on duty.
“That’s what we hear a lot at wrecks – ‘I never saw him,’” he said.
We commend Woods’s efforts, and we hope it leads to a reduced amount of motorcycle accidents in his community. If you are suffering from a serious motorcycle-related injury, talk to us. Many of our attorneys are bikers too, and we may be able to assist in your recovery. Call (866) 377-3800 today, and ask about our free consultations.
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