Motorcyclist speeding has been a constant contributing factor in accidents, injuries and motorcycle fatalities for many years. 2001 data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that speeding drivers are the cause of motorcycle accidents in 42% of cases, a number which has remained steady for approximately 10 years leading up to the study.
In 1999, the national number of speeding fatalities totaled 1,027 and in 2008, AAA Carolinas named North Carolina that eighth deadliest state for motorcycle accidents, citing 190 deaths in 2008 alone. As fuel costs have risen in recent years, so have motorcycle sales. In turn, the number of deaths from speeding motorcyclists has also become a source of serious concern for those who ride and share the roadways with motorcycles.
If you or someone you love were injured because of a negligent, speeding motorcyclist you may be eligible for compensation because of the harm it caused you. The bodily injuries and mental trauma from a motorcycle accident can leave indelible marks on those who are involved, which is why the law firm of Lewis & Keller stands up in defense of these victims.
We believe that you should be fairly and compassionately represented in court, so our legal team consistently fights for the MAXIMUM amount of compensation due to the victims of North Carolina motorcycle accidents.
To find out how we can help, simply fill out the “Free Case Evaluation” form located on the upper, left-hand side of this page. It is always confidential, 100% FREE, and there is never any obligation to proceed.
Causes of a Speeding Motorcycle Accident
Any speed in excess of a posted limit or one that is too fast for conditions will increase the likelihood of a crash and the amount of damage that is done. When motorcyclists travel at illegally high rates of speed they have less time to react to changes in their environment, whether they are terrain changes or traffic patterns.
The following are circumstances that oftentimes lead to a motorcycle crash when the rider is speeding:
- Ice on road
- Inclement weather
- Last-minute turns
- Merging lanes
- Rough terrain/ poor road conditions
- Slippery substance on road
- Traffic accidents
- …and many others.
In their report, AAA Carolinas went on to note that improper riding skills were a factor in 51% of accident fatality cases, regardless that a rider seeking a motorcycle endorsement for their license is required to pass a skills test prior to receiving that endorsement. There is no safety course requirement, however, once a rider obtains their endorsement, and it can be renewed indefinitely without another skills review.
Injuries from Motorcycle Speeding Accidents
An accident may be minor and only cause bruises and light scraping, but in many cases crashes that involve a speeding driver result in more severe bodily harm.
Some of the most common injuries associated with motorcycle speeding include:
- “Biker’s Arm”
- Broken bones
- Dental trauma
- Facial disfiguration
- Head injury
- Nerve damage
- Road rash
- Spinal trauma
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- …to name a few.
Slight changes in environment will be exponentially more dangerous when a rider travels in excess of the speed limit. For instance, a tight turn taken at normal speed may not be a problem but taken too quickly can cause the rider’s back wheel to spin out, resulting in a potentially fatal accident.
With motorcycles that are able to reach speeds greater than 150 mph, the bike itself can inflict serious harm to drivers that collide with the bike. If you were harmed by a speeding motorcyclist or if someone you love was killed because of a motorcyclist’s negligent behavior, the compensation you may be eligible for could assist with medical bills, lost wages due to time spent recovering from injuries, or even funeral expenses.
Personal injury or wrongful death victims should not suffer silently while the negligent party pays no penalty for their thoughtless actions. Speeding on a motorcycle is a completely avoidable offense, and the legal team of Lewis & Keller will be the ally you need to fight for your rights.
Contacting Our Winston-Salem Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
At Lewis & Keller, we are honored to fight for the citizens in our community and strive to achieve the maximum compensation available due to the negligent actions taken by another individual or entity. Our attorneys have achieved MILLIONS throughout the years and will put our experience and knowledge to use for you.
With an office in Winston-Salem, our attorneys are able to serve throughout Winston-Salem and across the entire state of North Carolina.
A few areas we serve include:
- Rural Hall
- Mountain View
If you are interested in learning more about our law firm, or would like to schedule your free case review, we encourage you to contact us at 866-299-1769 today. When you call a member of our intake staff will collect information regarding your case and quickly connect you with one of our caring attorneys prepared to help you achieve justice.