GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Temperatures are rising, and so is the number of motorcycles on the roads.
Troopers across the area said there’s an uptick in motorcycle accidents over the past few months. One fatal accident involving a motorcycle happened in Greenville just over a month ago.
Across the country, nearly 4,300 motorcyclists died in crashes in 2014. North Carolina ranks 12th highest in the country for motorcycle fatalities.
Troopers said avoiding such high numbers falls largely on the drivers. A vast majority of collisions result from drivers simply not seeing the motorcycle.
Highway Patrol Sergeant Gary Weaver said drivers should be aware of their surroundings at all times.
“One motorcycle can be overlooked and that’s what people have to do. Just take the time to slow down and look to make sure that they see the motorcycle approaching an intersection,” said Sgt. Weaver with Highway Patrol Troop A.
Troopers said motorcyclists should assume they are invisible. They advise riding in pairs or groups, being aware of your surroundings, and wearing some sort of reflective clothing.
Thousands of motorcycle collisions are reported in our state every year.