With so many miles of highway traveled by motorcyclists in both North Carolina and the greater United States, motorcycle accidents are an unfortunate inevitability. It is important that you always put health and safety first when a motorcycle accident occurs, moving to the shoulder of the road as soon as you are able, or signaling for assistance in the event you are unable to move on your own accord. If you are seriously injured, call 911 to report the accident and request emergency assistance.
Regardless of whether or not you are in need of emergency assistance, remain at the scene of the accident while medical and/or law enforcement personnel travel to your location to provide assistance. In establishing property damage, personal injuries, and when applicable, fault, documentation – in its written, photographic, and testimonial forms – is important.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries May Be Serious
Motorcyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of cars, trucks, and other vehicles on state and federal roads and highways. Obtaining a license, abiding by speed limits and other traffic regulations, and refraining from cycling while under the influence of alcohol are responsibilities shared by all.
Just as car and truck drivers are owed a duty of safe driving by other drivers, so too are motorcyclists. Such is the balancing of liberty and equality on the road. When the negligence or intentionally wrongful conduct of a driver or even a fellow biker results in a motorcycle accident that causes personal injuries, you have the same rights as other vehicle occupants to seek financial damages for your injuries, and other losses, as any other driver.
In the case of motorcycle accidents, the personal injuries suffered may be grave. Without the all-sides protection offered by a car or truck, a motorcycle can flip, skid, or be in a collision that can result in fractures, road rash, severe burns, knee and joint injuries, head and traumatic brain injuries, and even death.
Pursuing Legal Damages for Personal Injuries Suffered
An experienced North Carolina motorcycle accident lawyer from Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp will work diligently to seek all damages you may be entitled to as a result of a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence or intentionally wrongful conduct of another vehicle operator or other party. Besides the cost of medical bills, motorcycle accident-related damages may include the cost of vehicle repairs or replacement, pain and suffering, lost income due to missed work, and more, depending on the specific conduct of the at-fault party.
If you or a loved one are injured in a motorcycle accident, it is critical not to delay contacting the legal team at Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp to take action on your case before the statute of limitation expires. If that happens, you will be unable to collect financial damages for losses you or your family may be entitled to.
Our firm also offers a free motorcycle injury guide which offers information that you may find helpful.