KELLUM LAW FIRM – NEWS & RESOURCES

Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Explain North Carolina Helmet Law

North Carolina is a beautiful state with the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west and scenic countryside with gentle rolling hills in between. Not to mention our vibrant and exciting cities with Southern charm, arts, culture, culinary delights, and some outstanding sports teams…North Carolina has it all, and with its temperate climate a great way to navigate the state is via motorcycle – stunning scenery and roads for every level of rider make North Carolina an ideal state for motorcycle riding.

Motorcycling can be a great way to travel…BUT…it can also be very dangerous if you don’t get the proper training and take the necessary and sometimes mandatory safety precautions.

So, what can you do to make your ride safer and what are you required to do by law?

The most important piece of safety equipment is a motorcycle helmet. There are three states that have no laws pertaining to motorcycle helmet use, another 28 states have partial helmet laws that require only some riders to wear helmets, and the other 19 states and the District of Colombia have what is known as universal helmet laws – meaning that all motorcycle riders AND their passengers are required to wear crash helmets. North Carolina is one of the 19 universal helmet law states.According to North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles “all operators and passengers on motorcycles and mopeds must wear a motorcycle safety helmet of a type that complies with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 218.”

Motorcycle helmets can save your life or greatly reduce the severity of your injuries when involved in a motorcycle crash.

If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident you may well have incurred hospital and doctor’s bills. You may not be able to work or provide for your family while you are recovering. If you have not yet been involved in an accident we recommend that you read on and take proactive steps to minimize your risk of personal injury.

In the past, more states had universal helmet laws. By the early 1970’s almost all of the states (47 to be exact) had universal helmet laws. This was due to pressure from the Federal Government which required the states to enact helmet use laws to qualify for Federal highway construction funds. In 1976, however, states got Congress to stop the Department of Transportation from financially penalizing states without helmet laws. Despite the overwhelming evidence that wearing a helmet saves lives, many states changed their laws to partial helmet laws which require only some riders, usually minors, to wear helmets.

Is North Carolina right to require you to wear a helmet?

Does it make you safer?

YES, and YES!

TheCenters for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) states “the single most effective way for states to save lives and save money is a universal helmet law”.

According to the CDC, the use of motorcycle helmets saved 1,895 lives in 2016. More people could have been saved if they had been wearing helmets, 802 people to be exact. Also, for survivors of a motorcycle crash, wearing a helmet can reduce your head injury risk by 69%.

Proper rider training and experience, protective clothing and boots, obeying all of the traffic laws, and driving sober will also help keep you safer on a motorcycle, moped or scooter, but nothing can protect you 100%. Accidents still happen no matter how prepared you are. There are almost 200,000 licensed motorcyclists in North Carolina. There are also three and a half million cars, four and a half million trucks, and around thirty three thousand busses registered in the state….plus drivers from neighboring states, tourists, etc…many of whom drive frequently above the speed limit, drive under the influence of alcohol, or just drive distracted. With all of those vehicles on the road it is actually quite astonishing that there were only 3,722 motorcycle accidents in NC in 2017. Unfortunately, 145 people were killed in those accidents and another 2,991 people were injured.

If you have lost a loved one to a motorcycle accident or if you were injured in a crash that was caused by another vehicle, one of the first things you need to do is hire an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. Kellum Law Firm has over 40 years’ experience dealing with the aftermath of motorcycle accidents and helping survivors get their lives back together. 

We will be with you all the way navigating the laws, dealing with insurance companies, and working to get you the best possible settlement for your case.

Speak with a motorcycle accident lawyer today and we’ll work to get you the settlement you deserve. CONTACT US HERE.

s

DISCLAIMER:

The content on this website is provided for general information only. It should NOT be construed by the reader as LEGAL ADVICE. The LAWS of the Nation and of the State of North Carolina are subject to frequent change and addition. Such changes and additions may periodically render the general information on our website out-of-date, thus, we disclaim any and all liability in respect to actions taken or not taken by the reader based on his or her interaction with the content of this website.

t

OUR ADVICE TO YOU:

It’s often the case that the outcome of an accident or injury claim can hinge on the smallest of details. While it may seem appealing to try to handle a case on your own, it’s rare that acting independently of a lawyer will yield the best results for the plaintiff. Therefore, whilst we encourage you to read the useful articles at our website,  we strongly recommend that you seek sound legal advice before attempting to deal with any type of accident or injury claim on your own.

PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS – ACCIDENTS AND AUTO CLAIMS – SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY LAW – ELDER ABUSE LITIGATION – WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CLAIMS – AND MORE.

PUT YOUR TRUST IN OUR TEAM OF LAWYERS AT KELLUM LAW FIRM – WITH TEN OFFICES AROUND NORTH CAROLINA, A FIFTY YEAR HISTORY OF PROVIDING LEGAL ADVICE TO NC RESIDENTS, AND MILLIONS WON IN SETTLEMENTS – ‘WE’RE WITH YOU ALL THE WAY’.

Featured And Recognized

The National Trial Lawyers top 100
American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys - 10 Best 2016
American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys - 10 Best 2016
American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys - 10 Best 2016
Martindale Hubbell Peer Reviewed
Rated by Super Lawyers
Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Best Attorney of America
Rated by Super Lawyers
Kellum Law Firm, PA is a BBB Accredited Lawyer in New Bern, NC
Best Lawyers Accreditation
Bar Register
The Best Lawyers In America Website

Our Office Locations

219 Broad Street
New Bern, NC 28560

Directions

(252) 633-2550

5178-A Hwy 70 West
Morehead City, NC 28557

Directions

(252) 726-7000

501 SE Greenville Blvd.
Greenville, NC 27858

Directions

(252) 353-4100

4944 Windy Hill Dr.
Raleigh, NC 27609

Directions

(919) 803-1908
Fax 919-803-1908

118 Cardinal Drive
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870

Directions

(252) 535-4444

445-A Western Blvd
Jacksonville, NC 28546

Directions

(910) 455-4546

1800 E. Ash Street
Goldsboro, NC 27533

Directions

(919) 722-6955

1213 Culbreth Dr
Wilmington, NC 28405

Directions

(910) 772-2242

1620 US-17 BUS
Williamston, NC 27892

Directions

(252) 789-4040

3250 Zebulon Road
Rocky Mount, NC 27804

Directions

(252) 442-3975

219 Broad Street
New Bern, NC 28560

Directions

(252) 633-2550

 

5178-A Hwy 70 West
Morehead City, NC 28557

Directions

(252) 726-7000

 

501 SE Greenville Blvd.
Greenville, NC 27858

Directions

(252) 353-4100

 

4944 Windy Hill Dr.
Raleigh, NC

Directions

(919) 803-1908
Fax 919-803-1908

 

118 Cardinal Drive
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870

Directions

(252) 535-4444

 

445-A Western Blvd
Jacksonville, NC 28546

Directions

(910) 455-4546

 

1800 E. Ash Street
Goldsboro, NC 27533

Directions

(919) 722-6955

 

1213 Culbreth Dr
Wilmington, NC 28405

Directions

(910) 772-2242

1620 US-17 BUS
Williamston, NC 27892

Directions

(252) 789-4040

3250 Zebulon Road
Rocky Mount, NC 27804

Directions

(252) 442-3975

Kellum Law Firm's corporate headquarters is located in New Bern, NC and has offices around North Carolina, including Raleigh, Greenville, Jacksonville, Wilmington, and more. We provide local residents with legal services focusing on personal injury law including automobile accidents, social security disability, workers' compensation, medical malpractice, and more.

Our Corporate Business Address:

Kellum Law Firm

219 Broad Street
New Bern, NC 28563

Directions

(252) 633-2550