Wilmington Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Motorcycle Accidents in North Carolina
Anyone who has taken drivers’ education should be familiar with the concept of defensive driving. Simply put, we should know how to avoid accidents whenever possible. Nevertheless, drivers often fail to take the necessary precautions with motorcyclists and, unfortunately, it can be difficult for a motorcyclist to avoid the consequences of other drivers’ negligence.
At David & Associates, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, we know that motorcycles may be inherently more dangerous than other vehicles—but we also know that other motorists need to drive safely. If you were injured or your loved one died in a motorcycle accident, our team is ready to fight for the justice you deserve. We are available 24/7 and do not collect any attorneys’ fees unless/until we recover compensation for you.
What Can Motorcyclists Do to Avoid Accidents?
A biker who swerves off the road or lays a bike down to avoid a bad driver typically cannot do so without suffering serious injuries. Likewise, it’s more difficult for motorcyclists to stop quickly; swerving abruptly risks tipping the bike, and slamming on the brakes can cause the bike to flip. As such, there are many situations where there is little a motorcyclist can do to avoid an accident.
However, anyone who owns or operates a motorcycle in North Carolina should be aware of—and follow—all applicable laws. This includes:
- Obtaining the proper license/endorsement to operate a motorcycle
- Wearing an approved motorcycle helmet when operating or riding a motorcycle
- Completing a written knowledge test and a road test or a basic safety course/comparable course
- Ensuring one’s motorcycle is equipped with proper equipment (headlight, brake light, etc.)
- Refraining from riding more than two abreast in a single lane
- Never carrying more passengers/weight than the bike’s design permits
While following these and other applicable North Carolina motorcycle laws can help keep motorcyclists safe, they are still often at the mercy of negligent, reckless, and aggressive drivers.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Even when motorcyclists drive defensively, follow all applicable laws, and do everything they can to protect themselves, they cannot prevent all accidents. When other motorists are negligent, bikers can suffer catastrophic injuries or even die.
Motorcycle accidents are often caused by negligent and wrongful driving behaviors, such as:
- Tailgating/following too closely
- Distracted driving
- Driving while impaired
- Cutting off a motorcyclist
- Road rage
- Unsafe or unlawful passing
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Failing to stop at red lights, stop signs, etc.
- Turning into the path of an oncoming motorcyclist
Motorcycle accidents can also occur when road conditions are dangerous or defective. For example, a poorly maintained public road or a dangerous curve that lacks the proper signage informing drivers to slow down can put motorcyclists at serious risk of injury.
Contact David & Associates, Attorneys at Law, PLLC for the Help You Need
Some people stereotype motorcyclists as thrill-seekers. In reality, because motorcycles can be so dangerous, most bikers are more cautious than other drivers. It takes a skilled attorney to challenge an insurance adjuster or jury’s misconceptions. At David & Associates, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, we know how to effectively present your case and advocate for the full, fair compensation you deserve.
If you were injured in a crash, our Wilmington motorcycle accident attorneys can help you get back on your feet. We provide compassionate, client-focused representation and personal attention throughout the legal process. Most importantly, you can count on our firm to serve as the aggressive advocate you need.
Learn more about how David & Associates, Attorneys at Law, PLLC can help you with your motorcycle accident claim; call (910) 335-2430 for a free consultation. Hablamos español.