Let a motorcycle accident lawyer in Durham
protect your rights
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident in North Carolina,
Don’t settle before you get legal counsel.
Contact the Law Offices of Adrienne Blocker, PLLC, at 919 – 251- 8197
Small firm. Big difference.
Motorcyclists have significantly less protection than occupants of passenger vehicles and collisions can result in serious injuries for the bikers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) reported that, per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists in 2012 were 26 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a traffic collision.
Often, the biggest issue is liability, requiring early involvement of a knowledgeable law firm.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
According to NHTSA, most motorcycle vehicle collisions occur at intersections. Many car collisions with motorcycles occur because the automobile driver did not see the motorcycle. Drivers are looking for cars and trucks and often fail to register the much smaller outline of a motorcycle and its rider. They are looking through, over, and around the motorcycle – often with tragic results for the motorcyclist.
Fifty two percent of all fatal motorcycle crashes in 2012 involved collision with another type of vehicle. As reported by NHTSA, there were 2,317 fatal collisions between a motorcycle and another type of vehicle. In 41 percent of these accidents, the other vehicle was turning left while the motorcycle was going straight, passing, or overtaking another vehicle.
Automobile drivers can also cause accidents with motorcycles in the following ways:
- Trying to share the lane with the motorcycle or passing too closely
- Failure to yield right of way to the motorcycle rider
- Deliberately intimidating aggressive driving behavior
Diligent motorcycle riders have been rear ended, sideswiped, and broadsided by automobile drivers. They have been injured and left to suffer by hit and run drivers. They have been involved in accidents caused by drunk drivers, drowsy drivers, and distracted drivers.
In cases of aggressive driving and road rage, riders have been deliberately forced into dangerous situations and accidents.
Regardless of how your accident was caused, it is in your best interests to have the representation of a knowledgeable and experienced motorcycle accident lawyer.
Compensation in North Carolina Motorcycle Accident Claims
If your accident and injuries were caused by the negligence or fault of another driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Take advantage of the free consultation we offer to our prospective clients. When you work with our firm, we will thoroughly investigate your accident to determine who was at fault and how and aggressively pursue a claim on your behalf.
You may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries including the following damages for a motorcycle accident in North Carolina:
- Past, present, and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Physical pain
- Permanent disability
- Emotional suffering
The same rules of the road that apply to cars also apply to motorcycles. North Carolina is a “fault” state for auto insurance purposes. This means that the party at fault for the accident is liable for the injuries and damages. There may be several possible approaches to obtaining a fair settlement in your case:
North Carolina is one of the few states that still has contributory negligence laws. These laws mean that when a plaintiff, suing for damages, is found to have contributed to his or her own damages, that plaintiff is barred from recovering compensation for those damages. Contributory negligence can bring complex legal issues to motorcycle accident cases.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle collision, it is to your advantage to consult with an attorney and get advice.
Choose a Motorcycle Accident attorney in Durham
Contact the Law Offices of Adrienne Blocker, PLLC, at
919 – 251- 8197
Small firm. Big difference.