Experienced North Carolina Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Riding a motorcycle isn’t just a mode of transportation, it’s an enjoyable pursuit that brings millions of riders joy each year. However, collisions do occur and because motorcycles lack the protective frame and safety features of a passenger vehicle, collisions have a disproportionately high rate of serious injury. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists were almost 29 times more likely to suffer fatal injuries in a collision than passenger car occupants.
If you were injured or lost a loved one due to a motorcycle collision that wasn’t your fault, you are entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and the pain and suffering you have experienced. Harry H. Albritton, a motorcycle accident attorney serving North Carolina has a track record of securing fair compensation for his clients and will fight on your behalf to ensure you receive the favorable outcome you deserve.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
According to the IIHS, motorcycle riders are inherently at a higher risk of injury than riding in a passenger vehicle. As we mentioned, they don’t have the protection of an enclosed frame or safety features such as airbags to cushion a collision. Also, motorcycles are less visible on the road to other drivers, and drivers of larger vehicles do not look for motorcyclists, leading to a wide variety of accidents caused by other drivers.
Some of the most common causes of motorcycle collisions include the other driver:
- Failing to yield right of way
- Cutting off a motorcycle while changing lanes
- Opening a vehicle door into the path of a motorcycle rider
- Following too closely
- Driving while intoxicated
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
- Spinal cord and neck injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Skull fractures
- Broken bones
- Severe skin lacerations
Why You Need a Motorcycle Accident Attorney on Your Side
After a motorcycle accident, you’re facing high medical bills, lost income, and the struggle of chronic pain from your injuries. Meanwhile, insurance companies are more concerned with their bottom line than helping accident victims and will do everything they can to avoid paying out a fair settlement.
In North Carolina, it’s particularly challenging to receive the damages you are owed due to the state’s law regarding pure contributory negligence. This means that if you are found to be in any way responsible for the accident, you are unable to collect damages, even if the other party was clearly at fault.
A motorcycle accident lawyer will work hard to negotiate a fair settlement and if that can’t be obtained, will not be afraid to take the case in front of a jury to get you the damages you deserve.
Statute of Limitations
In North Carolina, an accident victim has three years from the date of the accident to file a claim. Often, insurance companies will stall negotiations and other tactics to try and run out the clock, knowing that once the statute of limitations ends, the victim will not be able to pursue a legal claim.
Motorcycle Collision Injury Compensation
When an accident case goes in front of a jury, if the defendant is found to be at fault for the accident, the jury will award damages.
These include both economic damages and non-economic damages, such as:
- Medical bills and future expenses for physical therapy, medication, and other treatment
- Lost wages and potentially lost wages if the victim is unable to return to work
- Pain and suffering, including emotional distress
- Punitive damages are designed to punish the plaintiff in severe cases of negligence or malicious intent.
Choosing Irons & Irons P.A.
Led by Attorney Harry H. Albritton, we are dedicated to fighting on behalf of our clients to negotiate favorable settlements and achieve fair outcomes in court. With an experienced team, we are able to thoroughly investigate your case. This involves investigating accident reports and interviewing eyewitnesses as well as working with medical experts to understand your medical challenges moving forward. Every step we take is designed to help secure a favorable outcome in your case so you can move forward from your accident knowing that justice has been served.
A History of Successful Outcomes for Our Clients
We have a well-earned reputation for success and have helped our clients secure millions of dollars in damages for accident cases, including:
- $850,000 to a former airline pilot who suffered a head injury during a low-speed automobile accident.
- $300,000 to a college student with orthopedic injuries sustained when his motorcycle was forced off the road by a negligent driver changing lanes.
- $100,000 to a client who suffered orthopedic injuries as the result of being struck by a driver who ran a stop sign.
Schedule a Consultation with our North Carolina Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident through no fault of your own, Harry H. Albritton and the team at Irons & Irons P.A. will fight to secure fair compensation. Irons & Irons P.A. accepts motorcycle accident personal injury cases in Charlotte, Raleigh, Greenville, Wilmington, Asheville, Winston-Salem, and the entire state of North Carolina. Reach out to us today at 252-888-7236 or fill out the contact form below to schedule a consultation.