Motorcycle Accident LawyerThroughout North Carolina, motorcycles have become an increasingly popular mode of transportation and recreation. The open roads here play host to numerous motorcycle riders who must share the road with other, larger motor vehicles. Unfortunately, motorcycle riders run an extremely high risk of being involved in road traffic accidents and an increased potential for suffering injuries. Even experienced riders with the proper training and education are at risk of being in car accidents with distracted drivers, drunk drivers, and others who fail to be aware of their surroundings on the road. Involving an attorney is one of the most important steps you can take if seriously injured in a motorcycle accident. Representing riders throughout North Carolina, the team at Garrett, Walker, & Aycoth is prepared to fight for fair compensation that helps a victim rebuild and recover. You can learn more about our firm and how an attorney can help you by calling 336-379-0539 for a free consultation.
Injury Statistics for Motorcycle AccidentsIt is no secret that motorcycles can be dangerous, but the statistics regarding injury-causing accidents and motorcycle riders are truly eye-opening. Motorcycle riders wear little protection, making them incredibly vulnerable to injuries, many of which can be considered catastrophic. Although it is reported that more than 75% of motorcycle accidents also involve a passenger vehicle, single-motorcycle accidents can still be the result of automobile drivers who fail to see riders. Easily lost in blind spots or simply overseen, motorcycle riders may be made to crash when trying to avoid a collision with motor vehicle operators who are driving unsafely. In either case, proving negligence on behalf of another party can result in compensation being awarded. The likelihood that a motorcycle rider will be injured in an accident, be it a car accident or other road traffic incident, is overwhelming. According to many U.S. studies, there is a 98% chance that riders will be injured in multiple-vehicle accidents and a 96% chance of involvement in single-vehicle accidents. Common injuries include bone and joint breaks, road rash and other forms of soft tissue damage, concussions, and brain damage. As these injuries are most often severe in nature, compensation becomes essential in providing victims with the necessary medical treatment.
Liability IssuesAlthough there are many compelling statistics surrounding motorcycle accidents and injuries, riders still run the risk of being undercompensated or being held directly at fault for causing an accident. In order to avoid overpaying and shift blame away from drivers of passenger vehicles, insurance companies will frequently capitalize on the many unsafe practices used by motorcycle. Unsafe speeds, lane-changing, and lane-splitting are common tactics of motorcycle riders that insurance companies use to insinuate that riders had at least some percentage of fault in causing an accident. In order to reduce your risk of receiving unfair compensation or being held liable for an accident, it is essential that you have a qualified North Carolina motorcycle accident attorney assist you during your personal injury legal process.
What To Do After a Motorcycle Accident?
Motorcycle accidents come with their own unique circumstances that make them somewhat different from car accidents. If you are injured in a Greensboro Motorcycle Accident, you should contact an attorney right away to discuss your options. The same liability insurance coverage is typically available as in car accidents and the same claims process often applies; however, motorcycle accidents tend to cause more significant injuries to riders. This is usually the case because motorcycle riders have far less protection and are often thrown from the bike in a crash. Motorcyclists involved in crashes often incur serious injuries such as: spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, and wrongful death.
As a result, we advise motorcyclists to carry a large uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage policy limit on both their automobile insurance policy and motorcycle insurance policy. This coverage is there to protect you in several different situations: (1) when you are hit in a hit-and-run and are unable to identify the person; (2) when the person who hits you has no insurance; or (3) when the person who hits you has lower liability insurance policy limits than your limits. Making a claim for uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage under your policy should not raise your premiums; typically, your insurance premiums only will go up if you are found to be at fault for a wreck.
Contributory negligence applies to motorcycle accidents, much like car accidents. Unfortunately, sometimes officers and other drivers may not be as familiar with motorcycles and how they are operated, and they will sometimes place unjustified blame on the rider for the wreck. For example, motorcyclists cannot rapidly brake like other motor vehicles or the rider risks being thrown over the front of the bike. It is imperative that riders explain these limitations to officers after accidents in the event the officer is placing blame on the rider. It is important to have a lawyer confront these biases against motorcyclists in order to get the appropriate recovery for you.
Finally, motorcycles are often customized by their owners and are among their most valued possessions. Insurance companies often will make offers on the property damage of the motorcycle without considering custom or after-market parts that motorcycle owners have added to their bikes. Greensboro Motorcycle Accident attorneys can help you to obtain an offer on your property damage claim that takes into account the time and money you have put into customizing your bike, as well as to ensure that you are not unfairly blamed for the collision.
Fighting for Motorcycle Accident Victims in North CarolinaAt Garrett, Walker, Aycoth & Olson, we think nothing is more unfortunate than when victims of motorcycle accidents receive unfair compensation. Our firm is prepared to handle any case involving motorcycle accidents and can competently deal with any of the allegations and disputes that frequently arise. In addition, our client-focused North Carolina injury lawyers will never pressure you into accepting unfair settlements. Our goal is to provide you with the best compensation possible, not to move your case along and be done with you. If you would like to see our level of commitment for yourself and learn about the ways in which we can help, contact a North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyer at our firm as soon as possible.
Contact our Greensboro Motorcycle Accident Attorneys today for a FREE CONSULTATION! Call us at (336) 379-0539 or contact us to schedule a free, in-depth consultation with our experienced Motorcycle Accident lawyers. Our law firm is located at 436 Spring Garden St, Greensboro, NC 27401. Come see us today!