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People take serious risks while riding motorcycles, dirt bikes and ATVs. Proper safety precautions should be used at all times because it’s easy for a joy ride to end in death. Since riders cannot use safety belts and restraints like drivers and passengers in automobiles, it’s imperative that riders wear a helmet at all times while operating a dirt bike, motorcycle or ATV regardless of their age or experience.

Recently, the NC General Assembly passed a law that makes May Motorcycle Awareness Month in North Carolina. You can read more about Motorcycle Awareness Month on my egertonlaw.com blog.

Several people are in the hospital with serious injuries following two separate collisions between bikes and an ATV this weekend in central North Carolina.

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On Friday, April 29, 2011 two children were riding dirt bikes in Mountain Park, N.C. when they crashed into each other head-on. One of them, a ten-year-old, was taken to Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital while the other, only five-years-old, was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. The kids are reportedly in stable condition, but they face long roads to recovery after these serious injuries.

In Alamance County, N.C., two men were in a crash that sent them to nearby trauma centers. Charles Clemmons, of Burlington, N.C., was travelling on Stoney Creek Church Road when Frederick Wallace pulled out in front of him on his ATV. Mr. Wallace was attempting to cross the street to check his mailbox when the collision occurred. Both vehicles were totaled and both men went to the hospital via helicopter. Luckily—like the children injured on dirt bikes—these grown ups are in stable condition, too.

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