In 2011, there were over 4,000 motorcycle accidents throughout the state, according to the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center. These types of accidents can be a traumatic experience for all parties involved. Motorcycles provide very little protection for riders and passengers in the event of a wreck. Oftentimes, motorcyclists will suffer severe and sometimes fatal injuries in a crash.
Motorcycle accidents can be caused by the negligent actions of the driver of the passenger vehicle or by the motorcyclist.
If you or a loved one suffered an injury from a motorcycle accident, you may have grounds for legal action. Contact a Winston-Salem motorcycle accident lawyer today to discuss your legal options.
For additional information about motorcycle accident lawsuits, fill out the Free Case Review form on this page.
Common Driver Errors
The majority of motorcycle crashes involve more than one motor vehicle in transport. North Carolina motorcycle accidents can be caused drivers that are negligently operating a passenger vehicle. The following driver errors can cause a motorcycle crash to occur:
- Exceeding the speed limit on local roads and highways
- Turning left in front of a motorcycle at intersection
- Changing lanes without using a signal
- Disregarding the motorcyclist’s right-of-way
- Failing to see the biker on the road
- Failing to give the rider the full length of the lane
- Not giving the motorcyclist enough room, when traveling behind them
If you were injured in a motorcycle wreck at no fault of your own, contact Lewis & Keller today to learn about the legal rights available to accident victims.
Common Errors by Bikers
At times, motorcycle accidents can be caused by negligent of inattentive bikers. Some common motorcyclist errors that can result in a crash include:
- Motorcyclists that are speeding
- Tailgating a passenger vehicle
- Riding a motorbike under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Making unsafe lane changes
- Disobeying traffic signals or signs
- Riding a motorcycle too fast for the road or weather conditions
In addition, a motorcyclist’s lack of riding experience or defensive driving skills can also contribute to collision.
North Carolina Motorcycle Accident Lawsuits
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 82,000 people were injured in motorcycle accidents in 2010. Motorcycle accident injuries can be a life-changing for the victim and their families. Oftentimes, these injuries require lengthy and expensive treatments. If you or a loved one has been injured in motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Injury victims may be able to recover damages for property damage, medical bills and lost earnings. It’s imperative for accidents victims to seek legal guidance immediately after a motorcycle collision.
At Lewis & Keller, we offer free and confidential case evaluations to all accident victims. During your case evaluation, a member of our legal team will review the circumstances of your motorcycle accident and advise you on the best course of action to pursue.
Our attorneys and staff are dedicated to fighting for the rights of injured individuals in the Triad area. We have two convenient office locations in Greensboro and Winston-Salem to assist residents with their legal claims.
To schedule a legal consultation with a Winston-Salem motorcycle accident lawyer, complete the contact form on this page.