Motorcycle accidents have soared in 2010 across North Carolina, and safety officials want to know why. According to the most recent numbers reported by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, motorcycle fatalities across the state have gone up 20 percent from last year.

Many riders and traffic experts say that the rise in motorbike accidents is a combination of the growing number of motorcycles on the road as well as driver inexperience – many new riders simply don’t know how to safety drive and maneuver their bike, making for a number of accidents involving unsafe speeding and poor decision making.

Others say that another problem that leads to motorcycle accidents is a lack of awareness on the part of other vehicles on the roads – cars and truck that are not looking out for smaller vehicles like bikes may cause collisions in intersections. Other unaware vehicle drivers may not know how dangerous tailgating a biker is to both parties.
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