Our founding attorney, Jason E. Taylor, has been riding motorcycles since his younger years on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. He still enjoys riding his Harleys today. The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor are a Charter Member of Bikers for Bikers Foundation.
Whenever we represent a biker on any matter, whether it involves a motorcycle or not, we make a donation to the foundation in the name of our client out of our fees for the case.
Jason Taylor is a member of the American Motorcyclist Association, the Harley Owners Groups in both Charlotte and Hickory, the Concerned Bikers Association, and the Motorcycle Riders Foundation, as well as Bikers for Bikers Foundation.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you have our word that you will work with an experienced accident lawyer who knows motorcycles and motorcycle accidents.
Jason is Martindale-Hubbell® AV® rated, the highest possible rating for legal skills and ethical practice. Our lawyers have helped thousands of injury victims obtain the compensation they need and deserve. We are down to earth people who care and we treat all of our clients like family.
When we handle your motorcycle accident case, you will have a dedicated legal team of lawyers and trained support staff, case managers, claim managers, and investigators with a passion for justice.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 4,668 people were killed and 88,000 were injured in motorcycle accidents in the U.S. in 2013. The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles reports 3,666 motorcyclist injuries in 2012 in North Carolina, the latest year for which statistics are available.
Motorcyclists have significantly less protection than occupants of passenger vehicles and collisions can result in serious injuries for the bikers. NHTSA reported that, per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists in 2012 were 26 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a traffic collision.
Often, the biggest issue is liability, requiring early involvement of a knowledgeable law firm .
According to NHTSA, most motorcycle vehicle collisions occur at intersections. Many car collisions with motorcycles occur because the automobile driver did not see the motorcycle. Drivers are looking for cars and trucks and often fail to register the much smaller outline of a motorcycle and its rider. They are looking through, over, and around the motorcycle – often with tragic results for the motorcyclist.
Fifty two percent of all fatal motorcycle crashes in 2012 involved collision with another type of vehicle. As reported by NHTSA, there were 2,317 fatal collisions between a motorcycle and another type of vehicle. In 41 percent of these accidents, the other vehicle was turning left while the motorcycle was going straight, passing, or overtaking another vehicle.
Automobile drivers can also cause accidents with motorcycles in the following ways:
Diligent motorcycle riders have been rear ended, sideswiped, and broadsided by automobile drivers. They have been injured and left to suffer by hit and run drivers. They have been involved in accidents caused by drunk drivers, drowsy drivers, and distracted drivers.
In cases of aggressive driving and road rage, riders have been deliberately forced into dangerous situations and accidents. Regardless of how your accident was caused, it is in your best interests to have the representation of a knowledgeable and experienced motorcycle accident lawyer.
If your accident and injuries were caused by the negligence or fault of an automobile driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Take advantage of the free consultation we offer to our prospective clients. When you work with our firm, we will thoroughly investigate your accident to determine who was at fault and how and aggressively pursue a claim on your behalf.
You may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries including the following damages for a motorcycle accident in North Carolina:
In some cases, you may also be able to recover punitive damages. These are damages designed to punish a party for wrongdoing. You may be entitled to recover these types of damages if the automobile driver who caused your accident was driving recklessly or was alcohol or drug impaired.
The same rules of the road that apply to cars also apply to motorcycles. North Carolina is a “fault” state for auto insurance purposes. This means that the party at fault for the accident is liable for the injuries and damages. There may be several possible approaches to obtaining a fair settlement in your case:
North Carolina is one of the few states that still has contributory negligence laws. These laws mean that when a plaintiff, suing for damages, is found to have contributed to his or her own damages, that plaintiff is barred from recovering compensation for those damages. On the other hand, if the plaintiff can show that the defendant was grossly negligent, the plaintiff’s contributory negligence will no longer bar recovery. Contributory negligence can bring complex legal issues to motorcycle accident cases.
The minimum liability insurance requirements in North Carolina, as stated by the Division of Motor Vehicles are:
Many drivers carry only the legally required limits for liability insurance. As you can see, this coverage would not be sufficient for serious motorcycle accident injuries. On your own insurance policy, you have the option to purchase uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage. This coverage kicks in when the at fault driver either has no insurance or carries a policy with limits too low to cover your damages.
Damages in many motorcycle accident cases greatly exceed the state required liability limits. It would be advisable for motorcycle riders to carry as much UM/UIM coverage as they can afford on their own insurance policies.
No motorcycle rider knowingly and intentionally gets involved in an accident. The careless and negligent actions of other motorists are not something we can predict or control. Nor can we determine whether negligent drivers carry liability insurance, regardless of state laws, and how high their limits are if they do. Adequate coverage on our policies, including UM/UIM coverage, is something we can control.
Though we ride diligently and do our best to avoid accidents, it is wise to know exactly what actions to take if an accident occurs. We advise you to:
When you work with our firm, you will have the benefit of a skilled and experienced personal injury lawyer, who is also a motorcycle rider, on your side. Jason Taylor can understand and appreciate your losses if you have been injured in a motorcycle crash. He also understands motorcycle accident laws and knows how to build and present a compelling case on your behalf.
Our firm has offices in both Hickory and Charlotte. We have lawyers are nationally certified in civil trial advocacy and we use technology that is typically only found in larger firms. We hire, retain, and develop superior legal staff and provide them with the technology they need to excel at their jobs. We have a successful record and many satisfied clients. Call or contact us online for your free case consultation.
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