Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in NC
At Randall & Stump, PLLC, we have handled may motorcycle accident claims. The most common causes of motorcycle collisions and crashes include:
- Driving recklessly, erratically, or aggressively
- Failure to stay in the proper lane
- Lane splitting
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Failure to adhere to traffic devices and signs
- Following too closely
- Turning in front of a motorcycle
- Changing lanes into a motorcycle
- Left-turns into a motorcycle
- Intoxicated driving
If you were injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, you should contact a Charlotte motorcycle accident lawyer at Randall & Stump, PLLC, as soon as possible. By hiring a lawyer following your accident, you have a professional to focus on your needs while you concentrate on recovering. If you lost a relative, you should have time to grieve and be with your family. Our Charlotte motorcycle accident attorneys will vigorously investigate what happened to cause the crash, gather evidence, and analyze who is liable. If there is evidence that another driver caused the collision through careless or reckless driving, we can use this to fight for compensation through an insurance claim, personal injury lawsuit, or wrongful death lawsuit.
Proving Fault in a Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident and are interested in pursuing compensation, you need to speak with a motorcycle injury lawyer. To obtain a financial recovery, you must prove that another individual or business is liable. This means proving that another person is 100 percent at fault for the crash and your injuries, or in the event that the other person raises contributory negligence as a defense, that they had the last clear chance to avoid or prevent the collision.
To prove liability, you must establish that the other person caused the accident through their negligence. Through an investigation, an experienced lawyer will gather evidence of the other driver’s carelessness or recklessness. To prove carelessness, your lawyer will establish that the driver did not behave as a reasonable person should have under the circumstances. Recklessness is more egregious conduct. It means the other driver acted with a willful disregard for others’ safety.
To establish fault and liability during an insurance claim or lawsuit, your lawyer may utilize:
- Your testimony
- Witness testimony
- Police reports
- Photos of the accident scene
- Video of accident
To discuss how to prove fault and liability after a motorcycle crash, do not hesitate to call Randall & Stump, PLLC.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Our Charlotte motorcycle accident attorneys have handled a wide range of motorcycle accident claims, some of which include moderate injuries, and others that include significant injuries. Motorcycle riders do not have the safety benefits of being within a vehicle during an accident. Even if you were wearing heavy-duty protective gear and a helmet, a motorcycle crash could cause serious injuries and death.
Motorcycle accidents often cause:
- Bone fractures
- Loss of limb
- Soft tissue injuries
- Road rash
- Eye injuries
- Head and skull injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Neck, and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
Whatever injuries you or a loved one experienced, do not hesitate to call a lawyer. You may consider working with an insurance company yourself after a motorcycle accident. However, we have seen many individuals underestimate the value of their injury claim or get bullied into accepting the insurance company’s offer because they aren’t familiar with the law. To determine the compensation you are owed concerning your injuries, you need to consider more than your medical bills. The physical and psychological toll of your injuries are also relevant to your case and how much compensation you may be owed.
Pursuing Motorcycle Accident Compensation
Following a motorcycle accident in which you were injured because of another driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Our Charlotte motorcycle accident attorneys are here to thoroughly review your injuries and calculate a potential value of your claim. We will take into consideration every aspect of your situation, from your economic losses to the emotional impact of your injuries. We will also consider other factors that may impact your potential settlement or verdict, such as how egregious the other driver’s actions were.
We will fight for you to receive fair compensation for your:
- Medical bills
- Future medical needs
- Lost wages
- Lost future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disfigurement
- Loss of consortium
North Carolina’s Contributory Negligence Laws
North Carolina follows a very strict rule regarding contributory negligence. Under this law, you cannot recover compensation if you are in any way at fault for the accident and your injuries. If an insurer or judge believes you are even one percent responsible, you will be denied any compensation, unless you can show the other person had the last clear chance to avoid or prevent the collision. Because of this, motorcycle riders are often accused of being negligent during accident claims. The other driver will try to say you did something to partially cause the accident. Our attorneys will vigorously defend you against these claims and fight hard to prove the other driver is entirely at fault.