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In an episode that highlights just how dangerous motorcycle riding can be, a freshman at North Carolina A&T was killed late last month after his bike collided with a stopped vehicle. The force of the accident threw the motorcyclist into oncoming traffic, causing severe injuries that led to his death.
According to police, Xavier Watkins died while riding his 2012 Yamaha motorcycle sometime after 10:30 p.m. Police say Watkins was traveling around 50 miles per hour when he collided with a vehicle that had stopped at a stop sign.
Authorities say that the impact with a stopped car caused Watkins to be thrown from his bike and fly more than 97 feet in the air before landing in oncoming traffic. Emergency responders say Watkins was taken to Moses Cone Hospital with multiple broken bones and a variety of other severe injuries. Sadly, Watkins died several days later from his injuries.
According to public safety experts, the kinds of injuries caused by motorcycle accidents can be incredibly severe and wide ranging, depending a lot on the circumstances of the accident itself. Concussion and brain damage are common results of accidents where drivers are thrown from their bikes given the force with which the riders hit the pavement. Wearing a helmet reduces your risk of death by 37 percent, though by no means ensures your survival. Other common injuries in motorcycle accidents where a rider has been thrown from a bike incudes broken arms, legs, shoulders, hips, knees and wrists. Arms and legs are most vulnerable to breakage given a person’s natural instinct to use them to break their fall.
According to some sobering statistics, if a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, the chance of injury is high: 98 percent of multiple motor vehicle accidents and 96 percent of single vehicle accidents result in serious injury for the motorcyclist. Of these accidents, only 45 percent of riders managed to escape with a minor injury. The best way to avoid these terrible odds is to do your best to avoid an accident in the first place. Be alert and keep your eyes on other drivers and make sure to obey all traffic laws.
If you, or someone you know, have any questions regarding personal injury claims, please feel free to contact the experienced personal injury attorneys and lawyers in Charlotte, North Carolina at Arnold & Smith, PLLC for a free consultation. Call at 704-370-2828.
About the Author:
Matthew Arnold is a Managing Member with Arnold & Smith, PLLC where he focuses his practice on Personal Injury, Family Law and Business Litigation. Mr. Arnold began his career handling insurance defense litigation for several major insurance companies. He also went on to handle business litigation cases and high value mortgage fraud cases, primarily in Superior Court.
Mr. Arnold grew up in Charlotte, graduating from Providence Senior High School and continued his education at Belmont Abbey College on a basketball scholarship. After graduating cum laude he attended law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a full academic scholarship. In his spare time, Mr. Arnold enjoys golfing and spending time on the North Carolina Coast with his wife and three young children: two daughters and one son.
“Xavier Watkins, NC A&T Student, Dies From Injuries In Motorcycle Wreck,” published at DigTriad.com.
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