Motorcyclists are at great risk of serious injuries every time they take to the road in North Carolina. A rider is extremely vulnerable, even if wearing a helmet and protective clothing.
An impact with another vehicle usually leads to the rider being thrown onto the roadway, often causing catastrophic injuries or death. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,668 people died and 88,000 were injured in U.S. motorcycle accidents in a single recent year. Motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to die in a crash than car occupants, and they are five times more likely to be injured.
North Carolina requires helmets to be worn by all motorcycle riders. They must also adhere to regulations for brakes, mirrors and carry a valid motorcycle license. The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles reports that 147 motorcyclists were killed and 3,351 were injured in one recent year. The major causes of motorcycle accidents were failure to reduce speed and inattention.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in the Goldsboro area, it is crucial that you seek legal advice from an experienced motorcycle accident attorney from Strickland, Agner & Associates. Find out how we can help you get the compensation you deserve after a motorcycle accident. Call us now or fill out our online contact form for a free consultation that comes with no strings attached.
What Makes Motorcycle Accidents Different
The main disadvantage is that motorcycles have a smaller profile and are not easily visible from all vantage points. This means that motorcyclists may be hidden in blind spots or may be overlooked in oncoming traffic.
Drivers of other vehicles often do not see a motorcycle rider because they are driving less carefully than they should. This is no excuse for causing a collision. Motorists must be aware of all vehicles sharing the road. Motorcycle riders have the same rights as other vehicle operators.
Due to anti-biker prejudice, many assume that a motorcyclist was reckless, driving too fast or engaging in other dangerous driving conduct. Strickland Agner Pittman defends motorcyclists against this bias by presenting physical evidence, witness reports, police reports and other supporting evidence. We fully defend and protect a motorcyclist’s rights, and fight hard to hold the responsible parties accountable after an injury or death.
Your Rights as an Injured Motorcyclist
When struck, a motorcycle rider is basically unprotected. A helmet may help prevent head trauma and even a fatality, however, the majority of the body is susceptible to being struck by solid objects or hitting a surface like asphalt or a wall. Additionally, a rider’s body can be thrown and continue to travel even after the motorcycle has come to rest, with the potential of a second or third impact.
Head injuries are the leading cause of death in motorcycle accidents. A rider who survives a head injury may face the future with significant cognitive and physical impairments after suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
The most common injury suffered is to the extremities, such as a broken leg, arm or shoulder. Head, chest, spinal and abdomen injuries tend to be the most severe. Road rash is a common result of a motorcycle accident. It happens when the top layers of skin contact the pavement. Scrapes can range from mild to severe, and they are particularly prone to infection and permanent scarring.
North Carolina law requires riders to wear helmets, but failure wear one does not preclude a victim from pursuing a fair settlement or verdict in court. Our legal team is prepared to go the distance in protecting the rights of injured motorcyclists, as well as families who have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident in the Goldsboro area.
Motorcycle accidents often require an expert investigation to determine how the event occurred, why it occurred and who was responsible for the crash. We work closely with professional accident investigators who measure skid marks, distance traveled, position of all the vehicles, impact points of vehicles and trajectory of the motorcycle and the riders.
External factors may also play a role, such as traffic signals, road damage and weather. We find witnesses and obtain and review police reports, leaving no stone unturned. Our advanced techniques make it more possible to present a truly solid case that establishes liability, with the goal of recovering the maximum possible in compensation for injured motorcyclists.
Talk to One of Our Goldsboro Accident Lawyers Now
When you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, time is of the essence. Medical treatment is, of course, the most urgent matter.
It is critical to talk with our firm before discussing the accident with an insurance company representative or making a statement about what occurred. At Strickland, Agner & Associates, we level the playing field for injured motorcycle riders by standing up for their rights.
There is no up-front charge for our services. We are paid only when we recover compensation for you. Strickland, Agner & Associates provides free consultations to motorcycle accident victims in Goldsboro and surrounding areas. Let us give you peace of mind and the compassionate, professional legal advice that you need.
Contact us now for a free claim review and discussion of your legal options.
- North Carolina DMV: Motorcyclists
- NHTSA: Motorcycles
- Insurance Information Institute: Motorcycle Crashes
- NCDOT: North Carolina 2013 Crash Facts
- Livestrong.com: Common Injuries Caused by Motorcycle Accidents