Charlotte Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Motorcycle Accidents in North Carolina
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 Charlotte motorcycle accident attorneys at Charles G. Monnett III & Associates are here for 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. 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.
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 decades of experience in helping families and victims get their lives back on track following the devastation of a motorcycle accident.
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Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
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:
- Left-hand turns from cars
- Parked open car doors
- Driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs
- 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; our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers in Charlotte can help you determine the viability of your claim. A successful claim could mean valuable financial assistance to help your family with lost wages, medical expenses, and a solid recovery.
Common Injuries Suffered by Motorcyclists
A motorcycle has no way of providing advanced protections to its rider in the event of a collision. As such, it is not surprising that many motorcycle accidents end with the rider being severely injured, even when they were traveling at relatively low speeds. In fact, statistics routinely show that motorcyclists are more than 25 times more likely to be severely or fatally injured in a crash than when compared to people in similar accidents while driving a passenger car.
Injuries common among motorcycle accident claimants include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord damage or paralysis
- Road rash and permanent scarring
- Broken bones
Compensation Available to You
You should be fully compensated for your injuries and damages after being in a wreck that was not your fault. To get that compensation, you will need to file a competent injury claim against the insurance policies of the driver who hit you or the other parties that contributed to your crash, like the motorcycle manufacturer who made a defective part that made you lose control. Our team can assist by uncovering all of your damages and calculating them accurately, so we can pursue every cent of compensation owed to you and nothing less.
The compensation we might be able to secure for you can include:
- Past and future medical costs
- Past and future lost income
- Motorcycle repairs or replacement
- Pain, suffering, and permanent disability
When to File a Police Report & Call Insurance
After being in a motorcycle accident that causes a serious injury or leaves pieces of your ride strewn across the road, you should call 911 to get the authorities on the scene right away. When they arrive, cooperate with the police to make a report of what happened. The officer who takes your report should file it the next time they go back to the station, but it helps to check within the next few days to ensure it was filed and that it had statements accurate to what happened.
You will also need to speak with your insurance provider at some point after your crash. Typically, the sooner you speak to them, the better because you don’t want to wait too long and create the appearance that your accident was fabricated, or that your injuries were exaggerated. To avoid the risk of saying the wrong thing and making yourself seem liable, though, you should first speak with our attorneys before speaking with your insurer. We can prep you for what to say or even talk to them on your behalf.
Schedule your FREE consultation with our Charlotte motorcycle accident attorneys today! Dial (704) 859-2003 or email us 24/7.
Motorcycle Accident FAQs
Are helmets required in North Carolina?
North Carolina law requires motorcyclists to wear a motorcycle helmet whenever the vehicle is in operation, which does not necessarily mean in motion. The helmet must meet the requirements outlined in Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 218. Buying a helmet that has been rated and approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation usually means this requirement has been met.
Can I still file an injury claim if I wasn’t wearing a helmet?
Yes, you can file a motorcycle accident if you were not wearing a helmet. However, if the opposition can prove that you were not wearing a helmet, then your liability and your chances of recovering a maximized amount of compensation could suffer.
Is lane splitting legal in North Carolina?
Lane splitting is the act of using a motorcycle to surpass traffic by riding in between two occupied lanes of traffic. North Carolina has not made lane splitting strictly illegal, but it has also not made it strictly legal. For your safety as a motorcyclist, it is recommended that you do not lane split because drivers in North Carolina probably will not expect it and will be more likely to merge, turn, or swerve into you without warning.
Who is liable for the accident if a car turned left in front of me while I was riding my motorcycle?
Liability for a left-turn motorcycle accident depends entirely on the unique circumstances of that crash. The motorist could be liable if they turned without a green arrow and failed to notice the approaching motorcyclist. Dashcams and helmet cams can often be used to determine who had the right-of-way and who failed to yield.
Can I still file a claim if I was in a single-vehicle motorcycle accident?
If you were in a motorcycle accident that did not involve another vehicle, there could still be a chance for you to file an injury claim depending on what caused the accident. Crashes caused by defective motorcycle parts can warrant claims filed against the manufacturers of those parts. Poor road conditions that cause you to lose control of your motorcycle could warrant a lawsuit filed against the municipal agency in charge of keeping the road free of hazards.
Can you get PTSD from a motorcycle accident?
Yes, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can follow virtually any violent, stressful, or traumatic event, which a motorcycle accident certainly is. Be sure to tell your medical provider if you have been experiencing any PTSD symptoms after a wreck, such as anxiety, depression, night terrors, etc.
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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. We can 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.
Call (704) 859-2003 to request your free initial consultation.
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