There’s nothing quite like riding the open road on a motorcycle: The freedom and excitement can be unmatched. But with the openness that motorcycle riders so enjoy, come additional risks.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of motorcycle crashes has been on the rise for roughly the past five years in North Carolina. And, most crashes occur between April and October. Accidents tend to happen between noon and 7 pm on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday when more weekend warriors are on the road. Equally tragic, but not surprising, is that most fatal or severe injury crashes are with auto drivers.
How motorcycle accidents happen
Unfortunately, some drivers aren’t aware of motorcycles on the road—or may be more inclined to create dangerous situations for motorcyclists.
Some common issues that lead to motorcycle accidents include:
- Speeding or driving erratically around a motorcyclist
- Not giving a cyclist enough room on the road, or following too closely
- Not looking carefully before merging, changing lanes, or passing a motorcyclist
If an automobile driver is the cause of your accident, you may be entitled to financial support and compensation.
Understanding your rights
If you’ve been the victim of an accident, chances are you may be struggling to recover from injuries—and manage medical costs resulting from getting hurt.
You may be facing extending time away from work, ongoing physical therapy, and more. The loss of money and inability to work or juggle medical bills can feel overwhelming. A good injury lawyer can help you better understand your rights and get the financial compensation you deserve to help you recover both financially and physically.
As a victim of a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to:
- Medial reimbursement for past, existing, and future accidents
- Support for pain and suffering
- Tax, title, and licensing fees
- Past or forthcoming lost wages
- Reimbursement for physical therapy
Why you should hire a motorcycle accident lawyer
Managing an accident case can be a complicated and nuanced undertaking. This is especially true if you’ve experienced a motorcycle accident.
Unfortunately, many common issues stem from working with an insurance company. In business to make a profit, insurers may deny your claims for several reasons. Many carriers will err on the side of caution--and actively look for any cause or issue they can find to deny or dismiss your claims.
Hiring a lawyer is sometimes your only path forward. Additionally, a motorcycle attorney on your team sends a weighty message to your insurance company, signaling that you are serious about your motorcycle injury claim. They’ll also be at your side, should you need to manage any downstream legal issues that may come from your accident.
How we can help you
A common mistake motorcycle accident injury victims make is to hire an attorney who isn’t as familiar with the dynamics of a motorcycle case—and may not even ride themselves.
This is not the case with Wilson Williams Law. Attorney Dominique Williams grew up helping his father repair motorcycles—and was also injured while riding a motorcycle. This first-hand knowledge gives our team unique insights into how best to manage the complex field of motorcycle accident litigation.
We strive to maximize the available recovery settlement for each one of our clients, using all of the insurance coverage available. We’ll help you explore all your options, including automobile policies on other vehicles, underinsured/uninsured motor vehicle protection, and medical payment coverage that may also be available to you.
If you’ve been the victim of a motorcycle accident, please give us a call at (888) 253-4071. Our team is specially equipped to support your needs and provide helpful guidance and direction along your path to a positive resolution. We’re here to help in any way that we can, so you can recover quickly and as painlessly as possible—so you can get back on track (and on your motorcycle).
Note: This blog is intended to be informational only and shall not be construed as legal advice.