Motorcycle Accidents

North Carolina Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

Fighting For Victims of Motorcycle Crashes in Winston-Salem

In an accident involving a car or truck, the occupants are protected by seatbelts, airbags, and other safety features. Even the vehicle itself can shield the occupants from the life-changing injuries that could occur if the occupant were ejected. 

In a motorcycle accident, the victim is completely exposed – to the road, other vehicles, and stationary objects into which he or she can be thrown. Even when wearing a motorcycle helmet and other protective gear, the motorcyclist can suffer exponentially more severe injuries than those suffered by many other car accident victims.

At Comerford, Chilson, & Moser, our North Carolina motorcycle accident lawyers offer sincere compassion and empathy to clients overcoming the devastation and aftermath of a serious or fatal motorcycle crash. 

Schedule your initial consultation by calling (336) 568-8779 today. 

Recovering Injury Compensation Following a Motorcycle Crash

The cost of motorcycle accident-related injuries can be staggering, reaching hundreds of thousands of dollars in the days and weeks following the crash. If the victim sustains a catastrophic injury, the financial burden can be overwhelming. 

Ongoing treatment expenses can include, but are not limited to: 

  • Medical treatments, surgeries
  • Inpatient rehabilitation
  • Long-term physical therapy
  • Medications
  • Medical supplies
  • Vocational rehabilitation 

These costs can quickly consume all the resources of the entire family. The key to getting these necessary expenses paid is to work with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney who can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. 

Many people immediately place the blame for the crash on the motorcyclist, but an experienced attorney will know how to investigate the accidents and identify all potential sources of liability. 

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

A motorcycle accident refers to a collision or incident involving a motorcycle, which can result in damage to the motorcycle, injury, or even death to the rider and possibly other individuals involved. Many motorcycle accidents are caused by the negligence of inattentive drivers on the road. 

Common causes of motorcycle accidents include:

  • Left-Turn Accidents: One of the most common types of accidents involving motorcycles and motor vehicles occurs when a motorist makes a left turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle. The driver may misjudge the motorcycle's speed or fail to see it, leading to a collision.
  • Rear-End Collisions: Motorists following motorcycles too closely or not paying attention to the road may collide with the motorcycle if it slows down or comes to a stop. Rear-end collisions can cause severe injuries to the rider.
  • Changing Lanes: When a motorist fails to check their blind spots or use their turn signal properly, they may inadvertently change lanes into a motorcycle, causing a collision.
  • Opening Car Doors: In urban areas, motorcyclists can be at risk of accidents when a parked car's driver or passenger opens their door without checking for oncoming motorcycles. This can lead to a "dooring" accident.
  • Failure to Yield Right of Way: Motor vehicle drivers not yielding the right of way to motorcycles at intersections or while merging onto highways can lead to dangerous situations and collisions.
  • Impaired or Distracted Driving: Motorists driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or those distracted by their phones or other distractions, have impaired judgment and slower reaction times, making them more likely to collide with motorcycles.
  • Speeding: Excessive speeding by motor vehicle drivers can reduce their reaction time and the severity of accidents when they collide with motorcycles.
  • Inattention to Motorcycles: Some drivers simply fail to notice motorcycles on the road due to their smaller size. This can lead to accidents when drivers merge into the same lane as a motorcycle or make other maneuvers without seeing them.
  • Failure to Respect Right of Way: Sometimes motor vehicle drivers ignore or disregard a motorcyclist's right of way, causing collisions at intersections or in traffic.
  • Following Too Closely: Tailgating a motorcycle is dangerous, as it reduces the driver's reaction time and increases the risk of rear-end collisions.
  • Sudden Stops: When a motorcycle comes to an unexpected stop, the following motorist may not have enough time to react, resulting in a rear-end collision.
  • Driver Fatigue: Fatigued drivers may have reduced attention and slower reaction times, increasing the risk of accidents with motorcycles.

The Devastation of Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents can be more catastrophic compared to car accidents due to several factors related to the inherent design and dynamics of motorcycles and the relative lack of protection for riders. Here are some reasons why motorcycle accidents tend to result in more severe injuries and outcomes compared to car accidents:

  • Exposure to Impact: Motorcycles offer very little physical protection to riders compared to the enclosed structure of cars. In a car, passengers are surrounded by a metal frame, airbags, and seat belts, which can absorb and distribute the force of a collision. In contrast, motorcyclists are exposed and can directly impact other vehicles, the road, or objects.
  • Lack of Crumple Zones: Modern cars are designed with crumple zones to absorb and dissipate the energy of a collision. This design helps reduce the force transferred to the occupants inside the car. Motorcycles lack such safety features, and when they collide with other vehicles or objects, the impact forces are more directly transmitted to the rider.
  • Size and Weight Disparity: Motorcycles are much smaller and lighter than cars, which means that in an accident involving a car, the motorcycle is often at a significant size and weight disadvantage. The motorcycle can be easily pushed or crushed, leading to more severe injuries for the rider.
  • Limited Stability: Motorcycles have only two wheels, making them less stable than four-wheeled vehicles. This instability can lead to loss of control and more frequent accidents, especially in adverse weather conditions or on uneven road surfaces.
  • Balance and Maneuverability: While the agility and maneuverability of motorcycles can be advantageous in some situations, they can also be a disadvantage when it comes to avoiding accidents. Sudden maneuvers or attempts to evade collisions can result in a loss of balance or control.
  • Ejection Risk: In motorcycle accidents, riders can be ejected from their bikes, leading to a higher risk of severe injury, including head injuries. Unlike cars, which provide a stable and enclosed environment, motorcycles offer little protection from being thrown off in a collision.
  • Vulnerability to Road Hazards: Motorcyclists are more vulnerable to road hazards such as potholes, debris, and wet or slippery road surfaces. These hazards can lead to accidents, especially when riders lack the protection and stability that cars provide.
  • Visibility: Motorcycles are often less visible to other motorists due to their smaller size and profile, leading to a higher likelihood of other drivers not seeing them and, therefore, a higher risk of collisions.
  • Impact with the Road: In motorcycle accidents, riders can be directly thrown onto the road surface, increasing the risk of road rash, abrasions, and severe injuries from impacting the pavement.
  • Limited Safety Gear: While safety gear such as helmets, gloves, jackets, and riding boots can offer some protection, they are not as comprehensive as the safety features in cars, like airbags and reinforced passenger compartments.

Because of these factors, motorcycle accidents tend to result in more severe and life-threatening injuries, including head injuries, spinal cord injuries, fractures, and severe abrasions (road rash).

Are You Required to Wear a Motorcycle Helmet in North Carolina?

In North Carolina, all motorcycle riders have to wear a helmet while operating a motorcycle to be in accordance with the law. The state has universal helmet laws in place to help improve the safety of all riders and passengers on the road. This means no matter how old or how experienced a rider is, all motorcyclists must wear a helmet that meets the safety standards set by the Department of Transportation (DOT).

While helmets are the most important piece of protective gear, it is also recommended that riders wear other safety gear to help protect themselves in the event of a crash. Sturdy boots or riding shoes can help protect the feet and ankles from injury in the event of a crash, while gloves can help protect the hands and wrists. A jacket made of leather or a strong synthetic material can provide protection for the upper body, including the chest, back, and arms. Durable pants, such as leather chaps or reinforced jeans, can help protect the legs and hips.

It is important to note that while wearing protective gear can help reduce the risk of injury in the event of a crash, it is not a guarantee of safety. Riders should always follow traffic laws, ride defensively, and stay alert to potential hazards on the road. Additionally, riders should make sure their motorcycle is in good working order and properly maintained to help prevent accidents caused by mechanical issues.

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Why Choose Us for Your Motorcycle Accident

Through our diligent investigation and case preparation, many of our lawyers are AV-rated* and work relentlessly to advocate for clients’ interests by demonstrating how the other driver’s negligence caused our clients’ suffering. With a combined 90 years of experience, our lawyers have handled every type of catastrophic injury case and are willing to go to trial if they think it necessary to get the best results. 

Insurance adjusters know who we are, and they know that we will not settle for less when it comes to our clients. We have the resources needed to follow through on even the most complex cases and we are not afraid to use them. We receive many referrals from other attorneys but only take on a small caseload, so you know when you hire us, you can be confident that we will give your case the attention it deserves.

Contact the motorcycle accident lawyers at Comerford, Chilson, & Moser at (336) 568-8779 to learn how our legal team can help you recover compensation and obtain peace of mind following a motorcycle accident.

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