The lawyers at Thompson & Pureza have been representing injured bikers throughout northeastern North Carolina and the Outer Banks for over thirty years. During that time there has been a steady increase in the number of motorcycle accidents on the roads and highways of North Carolina.
Motorcycle Accidents are More Likely to Result in Injury
While it can be enjoyable to drive a motorcycle down the back roads of northeastern North Carolina, bikers are much more likely to be injured or killed in an accident on a motorcycle, simply because the driver is only protected by their clothing and helmet. Also, due to their smaller size, motorcycles are less likely to be noticed by other drivers on the road, which can lead to collisions at intersections or when changing lanes.
Causes of North Carolina Motorcycle Accidents
Many times motorcycle accidents in North Carolina are not caused by the biker but by other negligent automobile drivers on the road. This can include incidents like:
Failure to Yield/Right of Way Accidents
Because of the small size of motorcycles, a driver of another vehicle will fail to notice a motorcyclist at a red light or stop sign, violating the biker's right of way.
Unsafe Lane Changes
When a motorcycle accident occurs due to an unsafe lane change, the most common response from the driver is that they did not see the motorcyclist. When a biker is cut-off by an improper lane change they often have to make a drastic maneuver which could result in a devastating accident.
Motorists following motorcycles too closely may not see the bike coming to a stop, resulting in the motorcyclist being rear-ended. Rear-end collisions can be one of the most devastating and traumatic types of motorcycle accidents often resulting in serious injury or fatal results for the driver or their passengers.
Often motorcycle accidents in northeastern North Carolina and the Outer Banks lead to devastating injuries and even minor accidents can lead to long term health complications including trauma to the neck and spine. Make sure that if you have been in a motorcycle accident that these possibilities are taken into account before agreeing to a settlement.
Have you been injured in a motorcycle accident?
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in North Carolina then you may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, permanent injuries, disfigurement, financial loss, and more. Please speak with a personal injury lawyer at the law firm of Thompson & Pureza. We offer a free consultation so that we can listen to your concerns and answer your questions, before you settle with insurance companies. Our firm represents clients throughout northeastern North Carolina. Feel free to give us a call at (252) 335-7200.