North Carolina Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcycle riders are often entitled to compensation when they’re injured by negligent drivers. Unfortunately, however, the legal system is often biased against motorcyclists. As such, motorcycle accident victims in desperate need of compensation shouldn’t attempt to go through the claims process without representation. At the Joel Bieber Firm, we’ve carried thousands of claims through the compensation process, and we know that victims with strong representation fare much better against insurance companies than those who represent themselves.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries as a result of a motorcycle accident, contact the Joel Bieber Firm to set up a free consultation with an experienced North Carolina motorcycle accident lawyer.
Motorcycle Accident Claims
You have a valid claim for compensation anytime you’re injured due to another driver’s negligence. However, nothing about the law is automatic — seeking compensation requires you to go through a complex process.
Furthermore, you’re never guaranteed a fair payout, so having a skilled accident lawyer on your side is crucial if you hope to get the most out of your claim.
First, you must demonstrate that someone else’s negligence caused your motorcycle injuries. In many cases, the facts are clear, and there’s plenty of irrefutable evidence to demonstrate negligence. With that being said, disputes over fault aren’t uncommon.
To make your case as strong as possible, your North Carolina motorcycle accident lawyer will gather and analyze evidence from various sources, including:
- Police and medical reports
- Traffic photos and video footage
- Private photos and video footage
- Expert analysis of the crash scene
- Witness testimony
They’ll be looking for evidence of negligence and causation, both of which are necessary to formally establish liability. Negligence refers to actions that fall below a required standard of care. In the world of traffic accidents, any one of the following actions could be characterized as negligent:
- Driving while drunk or under the influence of drugs
- Distracted driving
- Excessive speeding
- Road rage or aggressive driving
- Failure to stop, yield, or signal
- Failure to operate a safely maintained vehicle
Once your attorney can prove liability, they’ll then calculate the amount of compensation you’re owed.
The severity of your injuries will determine how much compensation you stand to receive.
As a motorcycle rider, you know how vulnerable you are out on the road, regardless of how experienced you might be. Proper safety equipment is therefore vital — helmets, for instance, have been shown to prevent head injuries up to 70% of the time.
However, even with safety equipment, motorcycle riders still face a significant risk of receiving injuries like:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Road rash and burns
- Broken and crushed bones
- Spinal cord damage
- Severe internal injuries
The medical record of your injuries will establish their existence, making it extremely important to seek medical care immediately after a motorcycle accident injury. Without documentation of your injury, the insurance company can cast doubt on its origin and severity.
The cost of medical treatment is likely to be extremely high for victims of any of the above-listed injuries. These victims will also typically be forced to spend significant time out of work.
Fortunately, the law allows you to seek remuneration for these financial losses. You can also pursue damages not directly related to your finances. This type of compensation is known as non-monetary or non-economic damages.
Actionable non-monetary losses you might end up with include:
- Pain and suffering
- Acute emotional distress
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Anxiety and depression
- Diminished quality of life
In rare cases, punitive damages may also be on the table. Defendants who engage in malicious, willful, or reckless conduct on the road may be forced to provide compensation as a form of punishment.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Probably not. Most motorcycle injury cases are resolved long before going to court becomes a possibility. However, a small percentage of cases do require a trial or arbitration. At the Joel Bieber Firm, we’ll work hard to negotiate a fair settlement, but we’re prepared to go to trial if necessary.
It depends on the circumstances surrounding your motorcycle accident. Until one of our attorneys has had a chance to review the facts of your case, it’s impossible to say with any accuracy how long it may take to resolve. We make it a priority to make sure our clients are compensated in a timely manner.
In North Carolina, you have three years to file a motorcycle accident claim before time expires, though some exceptions to this rule exist. If your case is over three years old, you should meet with a North Carolina motorcycle accident lawyer to determine whether you still have a valid compensation claim.
Our lawyers take cases on a fee-contingent basis, which means you pay for their services out of the settlement money you receive once your case is resolved. We never charge any upfront costs or fees.
Never accept a settlement offer until you’ve spoken with an experienced North Carolina motorcycle accident lawyer. You’ll need to get a fair evaluation of your claim to determine whether a settlement offer is sufficient.