Motorcycle Accident FAQ

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Motorcycle accidents can come on quickly. In the majority of situations, motorcycle crashes are caused by a car or truck driver that didn't notice a motorcycle at an intersection.

At Brent Adams & Associates, our attorneys help motorcycle accident victims in North Carolina get the compensation they need to heal and get their lives back on track.

Our legal team understands the complexities of motorcycle accidents and what it takes to get you the most money for your claim. Our lawyers have a lot of motorcycle wreck knowledge. We have prepared answers to some of most frequent questions we hear following a bike crash.

For information about how the law applies to your specific accident and the value of your claim, contact us for a free, no-obligation case review.

Until then, you can read our FAQ:

We are not afraid to go to trial

To collect maximum compensation for your injuries and lost property, you must file a claim with an insurance company, or companies. You do not, however, have to play along with any of their games.

With a lawyer by your side, you are telling the insurance companies that if they don’t pay the money they owe you, you will bring them to court. Alone, you don’t have this leverage.

Brent Adams & Associates has been representing North Carolina accident victims in the Raleigh, Fayetteville, Clinton, and Dunn regions for decades.

Our firm understands how much is at stake with your motorcycle accident claim. We know that if we don’t get you the maximum compensation now, it’s gone. That’s why we don’t accept anything less than the best outcome for your case.

If the insurance companies won’t move on from a too-low settlement offer, our lawyers are not afraid to take them in front of a judge and jury to prove your case.

Contact our firm for a free case consultation. We can review the details of the motorcycle accident and your recovery needs. Together, we will weigh your best legal options.

Our firm often represents injured accident victims on contingency - that means that you don’t pay anything out of pocket for our fee. The insurance company pays for our service, and we only get paid when we win.

Contact us and start working on your claim today.

What is the most common type of motorcycle accident?

Motorcycle accidents are always serious. Bikes provide no head or body protection to the rider. The majority of all reported motorcycle crashes result in a biker’s injury or death. Ejections are frequent in crashes. Bike wrecks come in a variety of forms including head-on collisions, T-bones, rear-enders, highsiders, lowsiders, and slides.

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What causes a motorcycle crash?

Just like with cars and trucks, a significant number of motorcycle accidents are single-vehicle crashes. A large number of single-vehicle bike crashes are the result of biker inexperience or failure to adjust to sudden changes in the roadway, environment, or vehicle.

The vast majority of motorcycle crashes are caused by drivers of trucks and cars. These car and truck drivers cause collisions by failing to keep a proper lookout, texting, talking on the phone, or other careless acts such as:

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Do I have to wear a helmet when I ride in North Carolina?

Everyone operating or riding on a motorcycle must wear a helmet in North Carolina. This goes for people on mopeds, as well.

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When are motorcycle accidents most likely to happen?

The most dangerous months for motorcycle riders in North Carolina are May, June, and September. The day of the week with the most motor vehicle accidents is Friday. The time of day with the highest risk for accidents is 5 p.m.

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Can I still file a claim if the accident was partly my fault?

Probably not. North Carolina is one of four states with a “pure contributory negligence” rule. This means that even if you are 1% at fault in an accident, you cannot recover any damages. However, in egregious cases, the contributory negligence defense can be overcome. To get around PCN, you must prove that the other person’s “willful and wanton” acts caused your injuries or that the other driver had the last “clear” chance to avoid the accident but didn’t take it.

North Carolina’s pure contributory negligence rule makes hiring a motorcycle accident lawyer even more important than in other states. To get out of paying your claim, insurance company lawyers will do all they can to prove you had a sliver of responsibility for the accident. If this happens, you’ll be paying for your medical bills and bike repairs by yourself. A motorcycle accident lawyer can fight back against unfair blame.

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Where do most motorcycle accidents happen?

Intersections are the most likely place for a motorcycle accident to happen. The problem is car and truck drivers not taking the time or care to notice smaller vehicles like motorcycles, bicyclists, and pedestrians. About two-thirds of multiple-vehicle accidents involving bikes happen because another vehicle violated a motorcyclist’s right of way.

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Do motorcycle helmets really save lives, or do they do more harm than good?

Motorcycle helmets reduce the chance of fatal head injuries by as much as 40%, but there’s still a lot of people who think they are dangerous.

Motorcycle helmets have been tested and studied often. There is no evidence to support the persistent rumors that helmets significantly reduce a rider’s sight or hearing.

Helmets do have a slight impact on what you can see – if you are starting with superb peripheral vision. Most people have peripheral vision between 200 and 220. Federal safety standards require helmets to provide 210 of vision.

Helmets do reduce noise, but they do not affect a person’s ability to distinguish between sounds.

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What are North Carolina’s motorcycle laws?

Outside of the regular rules of the road that apply to all motor vehicles in North Carolina, there are a few state regulations that address motorcycles, too.

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Can I afford a lawyer to handle my motorcycle crash claim?

Yes. Most motorcycle accident lawyers, including Brent Adams & Associates, offer free case reviews to injured crash victims and represent them on contingency. When our legal team works on contingency it means there is no retainer or hourly rate for you to pay. Our fee is covered by the insurance companies. We only get paid when we win.

Hiring a lawyer to fight for your rights likely won’t cost you any money out of pocket.

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What is the average payout for a motorcycle accident?

Each motorcycle accident is unique as are the circumstances and injuries. While there isn’t an average settlement or verdict for a motorcycle accident, there are many types of damages for which you can claim compensation, including:

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