Motorcycle accidents are no small thing. While car collisions sometimes result in minor damage and scratches, the same is rarely true for a motorcycle accident. When a motorcycle is in an accident, even if the riders are wearing helmets and protective gear, their bodies are exposed and the larger mass of another vehicle or object tends to do a lot of damage to the motorcycle and rider.
Serious motorcycle accident injuries account for a disproportionately high percentage of all accidents on the road. Many of these motorcycle crash victims require medical attention and lose time on their jobs. Others will experience financial hardships when insurance companies fail to cover medical and lost wages on motorcycle riders. Some injuries are permanent and debilitating due to traumatic brain injury (TBI) or closed head injury.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. Whether you were a passenger or a motorcycle operator, we can help you seek compensation for your personal injuries and assist you with your motorcycle accident claim. The personal injury attorneys at Teddy, Meekins & Talbert are ready to stand shoulder to shoulder with you and help you get your life back.
When work with a personal injury attorney at Teddy, Meekins & Talbert after a motorcycle crash, you can rely on us to:
While your claim is pending, you can rely on Teddy, Meekins & Talbert to keep you informed about what’s going on. Feel free to talk to your attorney to get answers to all your questions. We believe our clients truly deserve that level of personal attention.
One of the major difficulties that motorcyclists face, which frequently leads to collisions, is that other drivers simply do not take the time or make the effort to see motorcycles. Many motorists are conditioned to notice only bigger vehicles — other cars, vans, trucks, etc.
Many motorcycle accidents involve a head-on collision, generally a car hitting the motorcycle from the front. Head-on collisions are often fatal, accounting for more than half of motorcycle collision deaths in the United States.
Another common cause of motorcycle accidents is a vehicle making a left-hand turn in front of a motorcycle that is going straight through an intersection.
Other causes include:
You may be able to recover compensation for many of the damages you suffer as a result of a motorcycle accident that was someone else’s fault. For instance, your compensation could include money for:
The injuries suffered by a motorcyclist in a motorcycle accident are often more severe than the injuries suffered by occupants of another type of motor vehicle.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), by far the most common injury location in motorcycle accidents is on the feet or legs of riders. The next most types of injuries are injuries to the back, chest, or shoulders.
Other injuries common in motorcycle accidents include:
Although fault in many accidents is a little complex, North Carolina follows a theory of contributory negligence. This is called the “all or nothing” rule, and North Carolina is one of only four states that still use it.
Contributory negligence means that no matter what the defendant did that resulted in injury to the plaintiff, the plaintiff cannot recover damages if his or her own negligence contributed at all—anything more than 0%—to the accident.
If the defendant is unable to prove that the plaintiff contributed in some way to their own injuries, then the plaintiff is not barred from recovering damages. This makes it critical to have a strong legal advocate to present evidence that you were not to blame for the crash.
In a single recent year, there were 164 fatalities in North Carolina from motorcycle accidents, a 13.2% increase over the previous year. While the overall number of motorcyclists who were injured in accidents decreased by more than 8% from 2014 to 2015, the number of fatal motorcycle accidents increased. 3,119 motorcyclists were injured in 2015, an 8.8% decrease from 2014.
Those in the industry think that the increase in fatalities can be explained by lower gas prices and a strong economy encouraging more people to drive more.
North Carolina law limits the time you have to file a lawsuit to recover compensation for losses suffered in a motorcycle crash. In most cases, you must bring an action within three years after the wreck or give up your legal right to seek compensation.
The sooner you get legal help after a motorcycle crash, the better. Evidence may get lost and memories may fade with time. At Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, our attorneys are ready to get started investigating your case as soon as you call. Don’t wait to take action. Protect your future now.
Schedule a free consultation now. At Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, you will get the individual service of a small firm combined with the knowledge and legal skill of a law firm that takes on big cases.