Motorcycle Accidents

High Point Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

Representing Bikers in North Carolina

Motorcyclists are vulnerable on the road. When they are hit by a negligent driver, they can suffer serious injuries, including broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord damage. At Comerford Chilson & Moser, L.L.P., our High Point motorcycle accident lawyers are dedicated to helping bikers who have been injured due to the negligence of others.

Contact us today at (336) 568-8779 to request a free consultation.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

A motorcycle accident refers to any incident involving a motorcycle that results in damage to the motorcycle, injuries to the rider or passengers, and potentially fatalities. These accidents can occur due to various factors, including human error, mechanical failure, road conditions, weather conditions, or other external factors.

Common causes of motorcycle accidents involving motor vehicles include:

  • Failure to yield right of way: This occurs when a motorist fails to give the right of way to a motorcyclist, resulting in collisions, particularly at intersections or when merging.
  • Left-turn collisions: When a motorist makes a left turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle, misjudging the speed of the motorcycle or failing to see it altogether, it can lead to a collision.
  • Distracted driving: Drivers who are distracted by activities such as texting, talking on the phone, eating, or adjusting the radio are more likely to fail to notice motorcycles on the road, increasing the risk of accidents.
  • Failure to check blind spots: Motorcycles can easily be hidden in a vehicle's blind spots, leading to collisions when a driver changes lanes without properly checking for nearby motorcycles.
  • Driving under the influence: Alcohol or drug impairment significantly impairs a driver's ability to operate a vehicle safely, increasing the likelihood of accidents involving motorcycles.
  • Speeding: Excessive speed reduces a driver's ability to react to unexpected situations, increasing the risk of collisions with motorcycles.
  • Unsafe lane changes: Drivers who change lanes abruptly or without signaling may not see motorcycles in adjacent lanes, leading to collisions.
  • Dooring accidents: When a driver or passenger in a parked car opens their door into the path of an oncoming motorcycle, it can result in a collision.
  • Tailgating: Following a motorcycle too closely reduces the driver's reaction time and increases the risk of rear-end collisions.

Why Hire a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in High Point?

Motorcyclists often face unique legal challenges when pursuing accident claims due to several factors inherent to motorcycle accidents. Some of these challenges include:

  • Bias and stereotypes: Motorcyclists may encounter bias or stereotypes from insurance companies, jurors, or even law enforcement officers who may assume that motorcyclists are inherently reckless or at fault for accidents.
  • Severity of injuries: Motorcycle accidents tend to result in more severe injuries or fatalities compared to other types of accidents due to the lack of protective barriers around the rider. Severe injuries can lead to higher medical expenses and long-term rehabilitation needs, making it crucial for motorcyclists to ensure they receive adequate compensation.
  • Limited insurance coverage: Motorcyclists may have limited insurance coverage compared to other motorists. In some cases, they may not have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, leaving them vulnerable if the at-fault party is uninsured or underinsured.
  • Difficulty proving liability: Establishing liability in motorcycle accidents can be challenging, particularly in cases where it's a "he said, she said" situation with no independent witnesses. Without clear evidence or witnesses, it may be challenging to prove fault, especially if the motorcyclist is unable to provide their version of events due to severe injuries.
  • Contributory negligence: Some states follow contributory negligence laws, which may prevent a motorcyclist from recovering damages if they are found even partially at fault for the accident. This can significantly impact a motorcyclist's ability to receive compensation, particularly if the other party argues that the motorcyclist was speeding or riding recklessly.
  • Lack of protection in legal proceedings: Unlike occupants of cars or trucks, motorcyclists lack the protection of a vehicle frame, making them more vulnerable in accidents. This vulnerability can extend to legal proceedings, where motorcyclists may face challenges in presenting their case due to biases against motorcyclists or perceptions of assumed risk.
  • Complexity of motorcycle dynamics: Motorcycle accidents often involve complex dynamics related to speed, road conditions, and vehicle maneuverability. Understanding these dynamics and presenting them effectively in court can be challenging without the assistance of experts such as accident reconstruction specialists.

Given these challenges, motorcyclists involved in accidents should seek legal representation from attorneys experienced in handling motorcycle accident claims. An experienced attorney can navigate the complexities of these cases, gather evidence, and advocate on behalf of the motorcyclist to ensure they receive fair compensation for their injuries and losses.

At Comerford Chilson & Moser, L.L.P., our High Point motorcycle accident lawyers are dedicated to helping injured bikers. We know how devastating a motorcycle accident can be, and we will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

Call (336) 568-8779 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.

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