Motorcyclist Hit By Car : What Do I Need To Know?

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Most bikers will tell you that the thrill of riding a motorcycle is unmatched by any other driving experience. While this may be true, it is also true that motorcycles also account for more than their share of accidents on the road. Indeed, motorcycles only make up 3% of all registered vehicles and .6% of all vehicle miles traveled in the United States, but still account for roughly 14% of all traffic fatalities.

There are many reasons for this, including less available safety equipment for riders and other drivers who fail to watch out for motorcyclists on the road. It is important to note that neither of these reasons are due to the fault of a motorcyclist.

Following a motorcycle accident in North Carolina, there are some important things that riders need to know and do to help maximize their potential recovery.

First, the traffic laws apply equally to everyone. Some defense lawyers and insurance adjusters will try to blame motorcyclists for not moving out of a lane, avoiding a truck, or failing to yield to another vehicle when there was no legal requirement to do so. Do not fall for this type of blame shifting – motorcycle riders have equal rights to car and truck drivers on the road.

Second, if you are able to after an accident, take photographs or videos of the accident scene, signage, debris fields, injuries, and other relevant things.

Third, do not admit any mistake or error on your part to the other driver, police officer, insurance adjuster, or anyone else at the scene or after an accident. North Carolina is a contributory negligence state, meaning any partial fault for an accident could bar your entire recovery. Fault is a legal concept, and a complicated one, so let the lawyers do their work.

Fourth, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage, and other losses related to your motorcycle accident – even punitive damages in rare and exceptional cases. Your family may be entitled to compensation too.

Finally, you can hire an experienced personal injury lawyer at no upfront cost or financial risk to you.

To learn more about how our experienced personal injury attorneys at Daggett Shuler can help you, contact us today by dialing 336-724-1234 for a FREE consultation. Or reach out to us through our website at