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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.

Call Wallace Pierce Law for effective legal representation at (919) 887-7892, or contact us online.

North Carolina Motorcycle Laws

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.

Identifying Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

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:

  • Speeding
  • Unaware or distracted drivers
  • Drunk driving
  • Being under the influence of drugs
  • Hazardous road conditions
  • Lane changes
  • Mechanical defects
  • Lane splitting

Common Injuries From Motorcycle Accidents

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
  • Lacerations
  • Bruising
  • Organ damage
  • Internal bleeding
  • Spinal cord damage

Securing Compensation After a Motorcycle Accident

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, it's important to understand your rights and options for seeking compensation. Our Durham motorcycle accident attorneys have years of experience helping victims recover damages for their injuries, including:

We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll a motorcycle accident can take on you and your family. That's why we're committed to fighting for your rights and securing the compensation you deserve.

If you've been involved in a motorcycle accident, don't wait to seek legal help. Contact our experienced attorneys at Wallace Pierce Law today for a free consultation.

Lane Splitting in North Carolina

Lane splitting refers to the practice of a motorcycle riding between lanes of traffic that are moving in the same direction. However, the legality of lane splitting varies from state to state in the United States. In North Carolina, the state laws do not explicitly address lane splitting, leaving many motorcyclists wondering about its legality.

As of the current statutes in North Carolina, there is no specific law that either permits or prohibits lane splitting. Therefore, the practice exists in a legal gray area. Without clear guidelines, it becomes a matter of interpretation and discretion by law enforcement officers and the courts.

While lane splitting is not explicitly outlawed, it is essential for motorcyclists in North Carolina to exercise caution and discretion when considering this maneuver. Although it may seem like an efficient way to navigate through congested traffic, it can also pose significant risks to the rider's safety and the safety of others on the road. Motorcyclists should be aware that engaging in lane splitting could potentially lead to citations for other traffic violations, such as reckless driving or improper passing, depending on the circumstances.

Furthermore, the lack of explicit legislation regarding lane splitting means that liability in the event of a motorcycle accident while lane splitting could be subject to interpretation by insurance companies and the courts. Therefore, motorcyclists should weigh the potential risks and consequences before deciding to engage in lane splitting on North Carolina roads.

Motorcycle Helmet Laws in North Carolina

The issue of whether motorcyclists are required to wear helmets while riding is a subject of considerable debate and concern in many states, including North Carolina. Helmet laws vary widely across the United States, with some states mandating helmet use for all riders, while others have more relaxed regulations.

In North Carolina, the law regarding motorcycle helmet use is clear: all motorcycle operators and passengers are required to wear helmets that comply with federal safety standards while riding on public roads. Failure to comply with this law can result in fines and other penalties.

The rationale behind mandatory helmet laws is to reduce the severity of head injuries in the event of a motorcycle accident. Studies have consistently shown that helmets are highly effective in preventing traumatic brain injuries and fatalities among motorcyclists involved in crashes.

In addition to protecting riders from serious injuries, wearing a helmet is also crucial for legal and financial reasons. In the event of a motorcycle accident, insurance companies and the courts may consider the failure to wear a helmet as contributory negligence, which could affect the outcome of any personal injury claims or lawsuits.

Contact Our Durham Motorcycle Accident Lawyers 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.

Call us today at (919) 887-7892 or contact us online to have our Durham motorcycle accident lawyers get started on your case. Whether your injuries are minor or catastrophic, you deserve to be properly compensated.

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Our top priority is to devise customized legal strategies that are tailored to the unique legal needs of our clients, no matter how simple or complicated their situations, might be.

  • $1,900,000 Wrongful Death

    The at-fault driver failed to reduce speed and collided with our client's vehicle. Our client passed away shortly after the collision.

  • $900,000 Wrongful Death

    Our client was thrown from his motorcycle and was pronounced deceased on the scene.

  • $122,000 Car Accident

    Vehicle made a left-hand turn, failing to yield the right of way.

  • $104,000 Serious Injuries

    Client was a passenger in a vehicle that was driving through an intersection when another vehicle ran a stop sign and t-boned the vehicle our client was in.

  • $104,000 Severe Injury

    We were able to not only receive policy limits for our client but were able to negotiate her medical bills and liens to ensure that she was able to keep a good portion of the settlement.

  • $102,000 Serious Injuries

    Elderly client was a passenger in a vehicle that was t-boned in an intersection where a driver failed to yield the right of way.