Motorcycle Accidents in North Carolina
People love their motorcycles for a number of reasons, some for the thrill of the ride and others for the fuel-efficiency on their commute to work.
Yet no matter the reasons for owning a motorcycle, it’s plain to see that they come with significant risk. All drivers take a chance when they get on the road, but motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to suffer a fatal crash than drivers in an enclosed passenger vehicle (IIHS).
Whether it is your son or nephew, your husband or wife – we care about the motorcyclist in your life. In the unfortunate event that you or someone you know has been injured or even died in a motorcycle accident, the motorcycle accident attorneys at Charles G. Monnett & Associates are here for you and ready to assist you.
If you’ve never sought legal help before and you think your motorcycle accident could have been prevented, please call us to take advantage of a free, professional and confidential consultation at (704) 376-1911. Or if you or your loved one are unable to set up an in-person appointment, we will come to your home or even the hospital where you are recovering.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
At Charles G. Monnett III & Associates, we are committed to protecting the rights of injured motorcyclists. We understand the unique set of challenges they face when out on the road, and have over 30 years of experience with helping families and victims get their lives back on track following the devastation of a motorcycle accident.
Understanding the contributing factors in the wreck will help your attorney better evaluate your case. The following list includes seven main causes of motorcycle accidents:
7 Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
- Left-hand Turns from Cars
- Lane Splitting
- Parked Open Car Doors
- Driving Under the Influence
- Unsafe Lane Changes
- Road Conditions
Were you involved in a wreck that stemmed from any of the causes listed above? You may qualify for compensation, and an experienced attorney can help you determine this. This could mean valuable financial assistance to help your family with lost wages, medical expenses and a solid recovery.
Aside from these common causes, another alarming factor that contributes to motorcycle accidents is age. Slower reflexes, impaired vision and brittle bones all increase with age, putting motorcyclists over the age of 50 at a higher risk for life threatening injuries. As more and more riders are returning to the road after years of being off a motorcycle, the number of fatalities has been steadily climbing since roughly 2001 (IIHS).
Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents
Even cars offer more protection than a motorcycle in a collision, and the injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident can often be severe. The more serious the injury, the more extensive the recovery can be. This is when it’s critical to choose a lawyer who understands the kind of care and treatment you need, so that he or she can help you obtain the right resources.
Our firm has helped people who have suffered from:
- Broken Bones
- Neck Injuries
- Back Injuries
- Road Rash
- Muscle Tears
- Partial or Complete Paralysis
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Wrongful Death
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Injuries can come in many forms, but brain injuries are one of the most complex, and they are very common in motorcycle accidents even with a mandated helmet law throughout North Carolina. Brain injuries are not always immediately detectable, and only a medical professional can properly diagnose them.
At Charles G. Monnett III & Associates, our extensive background in catastrophic injuries, particularly traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), has given us invaluable insight into the needs and challenges of those with TBIs recovering from motorcycle accidents.
If after a motorcycle accident you feel fine and have no scrapes or bruises, you could still be suffering from a TBI. Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms?
Moderate to severe TBI symptoms can include:
- Slurred speech
- Loss of coordination
- Increased confusion
- Constant headaches
- Numbness in arms or legs
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, see a doctor immediately.
The attorneys at Charles G. Monnett III & Associates are North Carolina’s leading brain injury trial lawyers. We are members of the North Carolina Governor’s Traumatic Brain Injury Council, and founding partner Charles G. Monnett III is a respected educator and advocator for victims of TBIs throughout the country.
When choosing the right attorney to represent you, be sure to choose one who understands the extensiveness of your injuries and is prepared to take your case to trial if necessary. Call to speak with the motorcycle accident attorneys at Charles G. Monnett III & Associates at (704) 376-1911. We want to help you get all that you need to heal and move on.
What to Avoid Following a Motorcycle Accident
After you’ve sought immediate medical attention, the next few steps following a collision are critical for the outcome of your claim if you choose to file one.
At all times, you should avoid speaking with the other party’s insurance company. Any information you give them could later be used against you to try and paint you as the driver at fault for the collision.
- Do not leave the scene of the accident – unless you are taken away in an ambulance, stay at the scene until police arrive.
- Avoid conversations with the other driver(s) – this could put you in a compromising position.
- Never admit fault for the crash – even if you think you might have been partially at fault.
- Avoid speaking with insurance adjusters – you may refer them to your attorney.
- Do not share your thoughts or opinions – they could compromise your case.
- Do not accept a settlement without speaking to your attorney - insurance companies will often offer you less than you are entitled to; ask your lawyer first.
- Do not give a recorded statement – you are not obligated to do this and have the right to decline. It’s best to speak with your lawyer first!
What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident in North Carolina
Immediately following medical attention, it is highly advised that you contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney.
Call 9-1-1 if you or someone else is injured
Find a safe place, away from the road and oncoming traffic
This will help avoid the chances of causing another accident.
Look for witnesses
Even if you can find a witness who saw part of the accident, it can be a valuable component to your claim.
Take pictures and document any information about the wreck
Examples can include photos from every angle of the wreck, your injuries, your bike and all other vehicles. You’ll also want to note the road conditions, time of day, weather and any events leading up to the collision that you can remember.
Follow your doctor’s orders
Failing to do so can hurt your claim if your injury worsens as a result of your neglect to follow medical advice.
Contact your insurance provider
File a claim so there is record of the accident.
Speak to an experienced motorcycle accident attorney
An attorney can skillfully navigate you through your claim and help relieve the burden on your shoulders.
Speak to a North Carolina Motorcycle Accident Attorney
However a motorcycle accident has impacted you and your family, the attorneys at Charles G. Monnett III & Associates are ready to help. There are a number of expenses that quickly add up with a collision, and we will do all we can to make sure you have what you need to make the best recovery possible.
Contact us today to set up a free, professional consultation by calling (704) 376-1911. We will provide honest, clear answers about what is in your best interest, and we only accept payment if we win a settlement or verdict on your behalf. Whether your family is struggling through a catastrophic injury or the loss of a loved one, we can help you take the first step towards your healing.
Three Ways We Can Help You Today
- Help you understand your rights as they apply to your unique case
- Help you to know which medical treatments may be needed
- Help take calls and handle the paper work from insurance companies
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