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A 45-year-old man from Charlotte, N.C., was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident while riding on the “Dragon.” The estimated time of the accident was about 11:20 a.m. according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Phillip Warren, who was at the accident scene.

Trooper Warren reported that the man had to be airlifted out in what appeared to be a serious injury. The motorcycle accident happened a half a mile south of the overlook on U.S. 129 (Calderwood Highway).The motorcyclist lost control in some gravel that was on the side of the road, which caused him to shoot off the bank of the turn and into the trees.

Upon hitting a tree, the motorcycle fell almost straight down, coming to rest 50 feet from the road. The steepness of the terrain on mountain where the accident occurred was estimated at approximately 60 degrees more or less. The ambulance called in Lifestar, an air ambulance. The helicopter then flew the man to University of Tennessee Medical Center.

At first the man was thought to have possibly suffered a broken pelvis, arm and/or leg. The motorcycle victim was not identified as they are waiting to notify his family.

Cornering means riding a motorcycle around a corner, curve or bend. It is one of the main riding activities and it is important to get it right. Many single vehicle crashing involving improper cornering.

When you corner, your bike loses stability and places extra demands on available tire grip. The faster you go and the tighter the curve, the greater the demand.

Principles for safe cornering

Correctly assessing the severity of the curve is essential. Key principles are:

  • Right position on approach
  • Right speed
  • Right gear for the speed
  • Ability to stop on your side of the road in the distance you can see to be clear

Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm is based in Virginia (VA), with an office also in Elizabeth City, in Northeast North Carolina (NC), practicing primarily in the southeastern U.S. and handles only injury law, including car, truck, railroad, and medical negligence cases and more. Our Carolina injury law website is:, the firm edits the injury law blogs Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, as well as the Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard and also hosts a YouTube injury law video library covering many FAQ’s on personal injury subjects. Lawyers licensed in: VA, NC, SC, WV, DC, KY.


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