According to the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles, about 2,940 motorcyclists were injured, and 168 motorcyclists were killed in traffic crashes across the state in 2018. Motorcycle accidents are often responsible for minor to severe injuries to riders and their passengers, including road rash, facial fractures, disfigurement, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, limb amputation, and sometimes death.
If you or a loved one were hurt in a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent party, you may be entitled to recover damages. At Life Law, we are committed to offering compassionate representation to victims of motorcycle accidents and their loved ones. Our experienced North Carolina personal injury attorneys can fight vigorously to protect your rights and help pursue rightful compensation for your injuries, damages, or loss.
Life Law is proud to serve clients throughout North Carolina, including Raleigh and the surrounding counties of Wake County, Johnston County, Franklin County, and Durham County.
If you were involved in a motorcycle accident, it is important to protect yourself and take steps that will help your personal injury claim. Here is what to do:
Seek immediate medical help and adequate treatment for your injuries.
Report the incident to the police or law enforcement agency.
Obtain relevant information from the other drivers involved in the motorcycle accident, including name, address, phone number, license number, and insurance information.
Gather and document everything, including the police report, medical treatments, medical records, accident scene photos, doctor's appointments, and witness statements.
Document your personal account of the incident and how your day-to-day life has been affected following the accident.
Contact your insurance provider and notify the company about your involvement in a motorcycle accident.
Hire an experienced personal injury attorney to help file injury claims or negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company.
The sooner these steps are taken the better as critical information can be lost or forgotten with the passage of time.
North Carolina is a "fault" state. This means that the person considered to be responsible for the accident (the at-fault driver) will be financially liable for injuries and damages to the other driver and passengers. Pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes Section 1-52, a civil lawsuit for injury or damage to property from an accident must be filed within three years from the date of the incident.
North Carolina uses the "pure" contributory negligence rule. According to the law, a plaintiff may not recover damages if found to be partially at fault for the incident, even if they were only 1 percent liable.
Lane splitting can be described as a traffic maneuver that involves a motorcyclist driving between two rows of cars moving in the same direction. Under North Carolina laws, motorcycle riders are allowed to share a lane. However, lane splitting is illegal. Therefore, riding between motor vehicles traveling in the same direction is both dangerous and illegal in North Carolina.
If a motorcycle accident resulted in the death of a loved one, a family member or representative of the deceased may bring a wrongful death claim against the person who caused the crash. The purpose of a wrongful death claim is to hold the responsible party liable for an avoidable accident that resulted in a loss of life.
Being involved in a motorcycle accident can be a painful and overwhelming experience. Such an accident can affect your physical, financial, and mental health. However, you don't have to go through it alone. If you were injured or if you've lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, hiring a knowledgeable North Carolina personal injury attorney is crucial to help protect your rights and pursue your deserved compensation.
Our attorneys at Life Law have devoted their careers to providing experienced legal services and compassionate representation to clients in their motorcycle accident cases. As your legal counsel, our team can help you with the following:
Fight compassionately to protect your rights and represent your best interests
Review every aspect of your case and conduct a comprehensive, private investigation
Obtain necessary information, pieces of evidence, and documentation
Prove fault and establish liability
Determine and estimate case-value
Handle all negotiations and communication on your behalf to enable you to recover fully
Negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company
File a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, where applicable
If you or a loved one were involved in a negligent motorcycle accident, contact Life Law today to schedule a one-on-one consultation. Our experienced North Carolina personal injury attorneys can fight compassionately to protect your rights and help pursue fair financial compensation to cover medical expenses, property damages, lost income, future medical treatment, pain and suffering, or loss. We proudly represent clients in Raleigh, Wake County, Johnston County, Franklin County, and throughout all of North Carolina.