North Carolina & South Carolina Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Motorcycle Injury Offices in Charlotte, Hickory & Columbia
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 The Bikers and Needy Children 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 at our firm clients 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 Hickory motorcycle accident 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 motorcycle accident case, we utilize a dedicated legal team of lawyers and trained support staff, case managers, claim managers, and investigators with a passion for justice.
For a free consultation regarding a motorcycle accident lawsuit, call (828) 266-0216.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 4,976 people were killed and 88,000 were injured in motorcycle accidents in the U.S. in 2015. The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles reports 3,529 motorcyclist injuries in 2015 in North Carolina.
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 determining liability, requiring early involvement of a knowledgeable law firm.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
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.
Automobile drivers can cause accidents with motorcycles in the following ways:
- Trying to share the lane with the motorcycle or passing too closely
- Failure to yield right of way to the motorcycle rider
- Deliberately intimidating aggressive driving behavior
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.
Compensation in North Carolina and South Carolina Motorcycle Accident Claims
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:
- Past, present, and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Physical pain
- Permanent disability
- Emotional suffering
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 motorcycle accident settlement in your case:
- Filing a claim with your own insurance carrier, after which your insurance company will seek reimbursement from the other driver’s insurance company
- Filing a civil lawsuit against the driver who caused your accident and injuries
- Filing a third party insurance claim with the insurance company of the other driver at fault for your injuries
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.
Insurance Coverage in North Carolina Motorcycle Accident Cases
The minimum liability insurance requirements in North Carolina, as stated by the Division of Motor Vehicles are:
- Bodily injury for one person: $30,000
- Bodily injury for two or more people: $60,000
- Property damage: $25,000
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.
What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
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.
After an accident, it is advisable to:
- Call 911 if you or anyone is injured. The police can tell you when to move the vehicles off the road.
- Take pictures of the accident scene, if possible, and have someone take pictures of your injuries.
- Get the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of anyone involved in the accident or on the scene, and particularly, any witnesses to the accident.
- Get medical treatment. Be sure to tell the doctor specifically how the accident happened and what injuries and problems you are experiencing because of the accident.
- Call The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor. Our firm can deal with insurance companies on your behalf and work to protect your interests and pursue a fair motorcycle accident settlement of your claim.
- Do not sign anything, make any recorded statements, or talk to an insurance adjuster before you consult with your attorney, even if an adjuster shows up on the scene.
- Call your own insurance company after consulting with your attorney.
Legal Help for North Carolina and South Carolina Motorcycle Accident Victims
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.
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Our firm has offices in Hickory and Charlotte, North Carolina and an office in Columbia, South Carolina. We have lawyers are nationally certified in civil trial advocacy and we use technology that is typically only found in larger firms. If you were in a motorcycle accident in North Carolina, contact Hickory Motorcycle Accident Lawyers. 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 (828) 266-0216 and schedule your free consultation today.