North Carolina Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
We fight for maximum compensation when you’ve been injured
Motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable people on the road. It only takes one negligent driver to cause an accident that leaves a motorcyclist with serious and sometimes fatal injuries. If you’ve been hurt due to another’s negligence, you deserve financial compensation. But recovering the compensation you deserve is a complicated process.
The experienced North Carolina motorcycle accident lawyers at Brent Adams & Associates know how to handle insurance companies. Since our founding in 1973, we’ve been fighting to help clients recover the maximum compensation possible from negligent drivers and their insurance carriers. We also pursue compensation from all possible sources of insurance, including the client’s own insurance and their employer’s disability and health and accident insurance policies. We know the law.
What causes motorcycle accidents?
There are times when an accident is the result of bad driving on the motorcyclist’s part, but often it’s because of the negligent driving of someone else. Many times, a driver is not paying close enough attention to the road and doesn’t see the motorcycle. The driver may have been texting behind the wheel or talking on the phone.
Other examples of driver negligence include speeding and aggressive driving, such as unsafe lane changes or failure to yield. Some drivers were under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In dooring accidents, motorcyclists are hurt because a driver opens the door of a parked car without checking for oncoming motorcycles.
Can I sue the driver who caused my motorcycle accident?
Yes. You can seek financial compensation for all of the damages you suffered as a result of the accident. These damages may include current and future medical expenses and lost wages if you couldn’t work. You may also be able to recover compensation for other types of damages, such as pain and suffering.
In North Carolina, you have three years from the date of your accident to take legal action. That sounds like a long time. But in a matter of months, evidence can be lost or destroyed and the memories of witnesses can fade. That’s why it’s important to get legal advice as soon as possible after you’ve been injured.
Will the insurance company pay for all damages?
Insurance adjusters have a job – and it’s not to pay you everything you are owed after being hurt in a motorcycle crash. Their job is actually to pay you as little as possible to help the insurance company save money and protect their profit margins. And there are many tactics they use to try to do that.
Insurance companies take the position that motorcyclists are often risky drivers, so they’ll try to blame you for what happened. Another tactic is to minimize your injuries or claim that they were pre-existing. Or maybe they’ll offer you a lowball settlement. It’s in your best interests to have an attorney who knows how to respond to insurance company tactics.
Can motorcycle accidents be prevented?
If you are reading this, you or someone you love was most likely injured in a North Carolina motorcycle crash. This is an emotionally traumatic time and we know it is difficult to focus on prevention when you are recovering or helping a loved one get well. We have created a few tips for you to share with friends and family to help prevent future motorcycle accidents:
- Drive defensively. The more you watch out for what other drivers are doing, the better chances you have to avoid a collision.
- Obey the speed limit. Obviously, if you’re involved in a motorcycle accident and it is proven that you were driving above the speed limit, your chances of your case coming out on top may be less.
- Take into account the weather and/or road conditions. Motorcyclists can succumb to bad weather or poor road conditions more easily than those driving automobiles. Drive according to the environment you’re in.
- Wear a helmet. North Carolina requires helmets, so obey the law and protect your head.
- Stay calm. If you are in an accident, try to remain calm. Having a clear head when speaking to law enforcement officers can greatly help your case.
Are motorcycle accident injuries more serious than car accident injuries?
Generally speaking, the injuries received in motorcycle accidents are much more severe than those from car accidents. The frame of a car provides some protection for drivers and passengers in a collision. But motorcyclists have very little protection out on the road. They may be hit directly by a car or the impact may throw them off their bike and onto the ground.
It can take months or years to recover from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Some victims are left with a permanent disability. Many people need surgery, hospitalization, medication, physical therapy and multiple follow-up appointments with doctors. Medical expenses can become overwhelming.
Experienced attorneys who focus on maximum compensation
Many cases are resolved through a negotiated settlement. Some law firms are settlement firms. Insurance companies know that these firms won’t take them to trial, so they offer lower settlements. We are not a settlement firm. If the insurance company tries to lowball you, we are not afraid to take them to court.
If a motorcycle accident has affected your quality of life, or if a loved one has been severely injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, we can help. Whether you drive a Harley or a Honda, a sport bike or a cruiser, our attorneys will do everything we can to make sure you are protected to the full extent under the law.
There’s no cost and no obligation when you talk to us. We can review the details of your motorcycle crash and go over your legal options for pursuing financial compensation. We can also answer any questions you have. If we do represent you, you still owe us nothing unless we get results. We work on a contingency fee basis.
Our firm is proud to represent safe and responsible motorcyclists who have been in accidents, and fight for them to get the maximum benefits available under North Carolina law. We want them to continue to be able to experience the unique freedom they have on the open road. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation at one of our office locations.