Durham Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Helping Victims of Motorcycle Crashes Seek Compensation
Motorcyclists on busy roads can be particularly susceptible to serious injury and death, even with the protection of a helmet. When you are riding on a motorcycle, you lack the physical protection that a car provides and are less visible to other drivers. As such, a motorcyclist may be more susceptible to the negligence of other drivers on the road. Our Durham motorcycle accident attorneys have helped countless clients recover their damages so they can heal. If your accident was caused by negligence, we can hold the at-fault drivers responsible.
North Carolina Laws Concerning Motorcycles
North Carolina only has a few requirements to obtain a motorcycle license:
- Possession of a full provisional, regular, or commercial driver’s license
- A learner’s permit of 12 months if the driver is between 16-18
- Vision test
- Traffic sign test
- General knowledge of motorcycles and road test
Interestingly, the North Carolina DMV does not enforce a mandatory motorcycle safety course that other states require for their newly licensed motorcyclists.
The most studied topic in motorcycle safety is the use of helmets in preventing and mitigating head injuries. The law behind helmet safety is well established. According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, all operators and passengers on a motorcycle or moped must wear a motorcycle safety helmet that fits safety regulations. Other factors commonly studied regarding motorcycle crashes include driver intoxication and rider training and experience.
What Can Cause a Motorcycle Accident?
There are many factors contributing to the cause of a motorcycle accident. While motorcycles are to be treated like any other vehicle, sometimes the rules aren’t followed. Here are some common causes of motorcycle accidents:
- Unaware or distracted drivers
- Drunk driving
- Being under the influence of drugs
- Hazardous road conditions
- Lane changes
- Mechanical defects
- Lane splitting
Injuries You Can Get from a Motorcycle Accident
As we know, motorcycle accidents can be caused for a number of reasons. But when you’re in one, you are much more likely to be injured. This is primarily because, unlike other vehicles, you don’t have a protective shell around you. Hopefully you’re wearing a helmet and safety gear to help protect yourself from some injuries. If you’re in a motorcycle accident, you could experience the following injuries:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Head injuries (traumatic brain injuries)
- Road rash
- Organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord damage
Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney at Wallace Pierce Law Today!
If you or a family member have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be faced with medical treatment and bills, damaged property, lost time from work, and issues dealing with the insurance companies involved. Consider speaking with an experienced personal injury lawyer that can best represent your case for compensation for your motorcycle accident.
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