If you or someone you care for has been injured in an wreck while riding your motorcycle through no fault of your own, keep reading for how a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Raleigh NC can help you recover your losses.
While motorcycles can be great fun, they offer very little protection to riders when compared to car passengers in a car crash. This is frightening considering the number of self-reported distracted NC drivers, those who were texting and driving , using cell phones while driving, though under 18, and drunk or otherwise inebriated drivers putting everyone’s life at risk.
This lack of physical protection while riding a motorcycle, in addition to the negligence of others can result in very serious injuries or a fatal accident. Between 2014-2018, there was an average of 3,572 motorcycle injuries per year. In 2018, there were 170 motorcycle deaths in the state of North Carolina. That is a 20% increase from 141 in 2017, according to NCDOT .
Unfortunately, motorcyclists involved in vehicle accidents tend to sustain the worst injuries of all accident victims. Helmets are required in NC, but motorcycle accident victims can still sustain a traumatic brain injury even with the use of a helmet. In 2016, statistics showed that motorcyclists were 28 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled. For more information read our NC Catastrophic Injury post.
After your Wake County motorcycle wreck, you should seek and follow all medical advice. If your doctor tells you to rest, take medicine, use crutches, etc., do so. Photographs of your damaged motorcycle and the car that hit you should be taken (if possible). In addition, photographs of your injuries immediately after the accident as well as photographs as you heal with dates will help tell your journey to recovery. Also, document your missed days from work and what your pay would have been on those days. You should read Ways to Prove Pain & Suffering Damages. If you choose to post about your accident on social media, do not include accusations or assumptions regarding the cause of the car wreck or the at-fault driver(s).
Filing your claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company should be a simple process, but many times insurance adjusters will delay or deny that their driver was liable due to various reasons, including visibility or driving conditions. They may even try to say that you are at fault when the accident was clearly caused by the negligent driver (their insured) . Insurance companies can also try to settle your claim quickly to avoid paying for all your medical treatment. This can leave a victim with unpaid medical expenses and no where to turn for future medical care.
Recovering from your injuries can be a daunting task, let alone providing medical records, lost wage statements, other supporting documents and negotiating with the insurance company. This is where many injury victims decide to call a Raleigh Personal Injury Lawyer for their accident claims.
Our Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Raleigh, NC can help you recover the cost of your medical expenses, lost wages, pain & suffering as well as the cost of any future necessary medical treatment while allowing you and your family to focus on your recovery. The Bishop Law Firm does not get paid unless you win so we are motivated to help you recover a fair settlement for your losses as well as be compensated for your pain & suffering. We also offer free case evaluations, (919) 615-3095. We wish you or your loved one a speedy recovery.