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ASHEVILLE MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS
Among all road accidents, motorcycle accidents are the most precarious. This is because the rider is not protected by the steel frame or airbags, and neither is he restrained by a seat belt.
If you have been involved in a NC Motorcycle accident, you might have a lot of questions about what your rights and options are.
Questions like “How many fatal motorcycle accidents occur in the North Carolina each year”, “What are the leading causes of motorcycle accidents?” and “What should I do after being involved in a motorcycle accident?”.
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North Carolina Motorcycle Accidents Stats
- Crash statistics indicate that 186 people died from North Carolina motorcycle accidents in 2015. This was up from 150 deaths in 2014 and 147 in 2013.
- In 2016, there were 152 deaths from motorcycle wrecks in the NC area. In 2017 that number thankfully went down to 141.
- According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, a motorcycle rider is 28 times more likely to die in an accident than a person involved in a car accident.
Lakota R. Denton is an Asheville, NC personal injury trial attorney who focuses on recovering for people injured in motor vehicle accidents, including motorcycle wrecks in Asheville, North Carolina.
Lakota was awarded the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers, the 2014 Top 40 Lawyers under 40, and the Avvo clients choice award. Lakota gets results and has many reviews from satisfied personal injury clients.
How Many Motorcycle Accidents Occur Annually in North Carolina?
- There were 3,952 motorcycle accidents in North Carolina in 2014. Of these, 3,241 resulted in injuries
- Approximately 38 percent of motorcycle drivers and 47 percent of passengers killed in fatal motorcycle accidents in 2015 nationwide were not wearing helmets.
- YET in states with universal helmet laws (including North Carolina), only 8 % of riders killed in motorcycle accidents were not wearing helmets.
The stats from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) from 2018 shows that in 2016, there were 152 deaths from motorcycle wrecks in the NC area. In 2017 that number thankfully went down to 141, a 7.7% decrease.
Leading Causes of Asheville NC Motorcycle Accidents
A number of motorcycle accidents are caused by the rider’s careless or negligent driving. However, the larger percentage are as a result of other road users.
Common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Left turns. Left-hand turn accidents can happen when a car driver fails to see the motorcycle’s signal to turn left. A car can also ram into a motorcycle when making a left turn if the latter was in the driver’s blind spot.
- Reckless or distracted driving. Reckless driving including over speeding leading cause in all auto accidents. Reckless driving reduces the rider’s ability to react to the actions of other road users in order to prevent an accident. In most cases, the severity of the accident depends on how fast you were driving.
- Impaired driving. It is not uncommon for motorcycle riders to ride under the influence of illegal drugs, alcohol, prescription drugs, and so on. These not only affect the rider’s ability to maneuver the motorcycle but also impair their ability to think clearly.
- Dangerous road conditions. These could include such things as loose gravel, uneven or slippery surfaces, potholes, and debris on the road have also been known to cause severe motorcycle accidents. A motorcycle is less stable and, therefore, more susceptible to accidents due to hazardous road conditions compared to other vehicles.
Accidents could also happen if you drove a faulty motorcycle or if while riding, a person suddenly opens the door of their parked car.
What to do After a Motorcycle Accident?
Knowing exactly what to do after a motorcycle accident will help you quickly handle the situation and regain control of your life.
- Seek medical attention – you should do this even if you are experiencing little or no pain.
- Take photos of the accident scene – if you are able to and if the scene is safe, take several photos from various angles. After this, make sure you move the motorbike off the road as leaving it there makes it dangerous for other road users.
- Collect the necessary documents – these could include your insurance policy as well as that of any other party involved. If the police were called to the scene, obtain the police report.
- Call your insurer – the insurer might ask about the extent of your injuries or the bike’s damage. Insist that you will submit such after visiting a physician or taking the motorcycle to a professional mechanic.
- Seek the services of personal injury lawyer – an attorney will help you get compensated if the other party was at fault. Most all personal injury lawyers will offer a free consultation. It makes sense to at least to a lawyer to see what your options are after the accident.
Find a Top Asheville Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
A motorcycle accident can be devastating, which is why you should involve an experienced Asheville Motorcycle accident lawyer like Lakota Denton. The firm offers a free consultation. After the free consultation, we will advise whether you have the necessary grounds for a case and if you do, help you recover fair compensation.
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