Two motorcycle riders sustained serious injuries on Thursday morning when they were thrown from the bike they were riding in a Catawba County motorcycle accident close to the intersection of Highway 10 and Bethany Church. According to witnesses, the motorcycle driver was operating the bike at a speed of over 100 mph when it crashed into a 1989 Mazda pickup truck that had stopped to make a left turn.
Police say that the pickup truck driver never saw the motorcycle. A small hill at the intersection made it hard to see.
The motorcycle’s driver, Bruce Offenbacker Jr. of Catawba, was thrown 97 feet while his girlfriend, Jasmine Shope of Newton, was thrown 154 feet. At the North Carolina motorcycle accident site, Offenbacker complained that he couldn’t feel his legs. He sustained multiple broken bones and fractures. Shope was admitted to the hospital in critical condition.
A mother and son who were riding in the pickup truck were treated at the hospital for minor injuries. The pickup truck driver refused to be transported to the hospital following the Catawba County motorcycle collision.
Common Causes of North Carolina motorcycle crashes:
• Distracted driving
• Poor visibility
• Road hazards and defects
• Texting or talking on a cell phone while driving
• Motorcycle defects
• Drunk driving
70% of motorcycle accidents involving other vehicles occur at intersections.
Motorcycle riders only have their helmets and safety gear to protect them during a collision. Many motorcycle accidents result in catastrophic injuries for the victims. If you or your loved one got hurt in a North Carolina motorcycle accident that you believe was caused by the other driver, you may have grounds for pursuing a personal injury lawsuit.
2 Injured In Catawba County Motorcycle Crash, WSOCTV, June 24, 2010
Two critically injured in accident, Hickory Record, June 25, 2010
Related Web Resources:
Motorcycle Accidents, Nolo
Motorcycle Safety Foundation