Why Choose Us?
A History of Winning
Personal injury attorney Lakota Denton has dedicated his life to advocating for injured victims and their families. His track record of success demonstrates that he has the skill and experience to faithfully represent clients in all manner of cases.
When you choose attorney Denton, you get a firm with:
- Years of satisfied clients
- Multiple millions of dollars in compensation recovered for clients
- No fee unless we win your case
- An award-winning founder
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, attorney Denton and his team are ready to listen. Call 828-333-5996 for a free consultation with an Asheville motorcycle accident lawyer who cares.
Causes and Consequences of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents have various causes, most of which are underpinned by negligence. The consequences may sometimes be mild but are more often than not devastating and require extensive recovery time.
Driving Under the Influence
No one ever has to drive while drinking or taking drugs. Yet drivers continue to do so on a regular basis. When they do, their chances of causing a motorcycle accident increase significantly due to reduced reaction time and reduced visibility.
Driving While Distracted
With technological advancement driving the invention of new, fun devices, distracted driving incidents continue to increase. Drivers simply cannot resist texting or posting while operating their vehicles. But technology is not the only distraction. Drivers may also find themselves distracted by passengers, dropped objects, or car crashes.
Reckless driving occurs when a person drives in a careless way and willfully disregards the safety of others. Some of the more common examples of reckless driving include:
- Excessive speeding
- Street racing
- Following too closely
- Unsafe lane changing.
Road rage also tends to result in reckless driving.
Failure to Yield
Failure to yield occurs when a motorist enters a roadway or makes a turn without yielding to traffic that has the right of way. T-bone accidents are a common result of failures to yield.
Failure to Obey Traffic Signs and Signals
Intentional or accidental failure to obey traffic signs and signals is a leading cause of motorcycle accidents. One common accident in this context occurs when a motorist speeds through an intersection after the light has turned red. Sadly, such attempts to beat the light are a common cause of motorcycle accidents.
Faulty Motorcycle or Equipment
Sometimes, motorcycle accidents are caused by faulty motorcycles or bad motorcycle parts. When this is the case, the maker or distributor of the part or motorcycle could be held liable for damages. Some common instances of defective parts may include faulty brakes, wheels, steering wheels, or helmets.
Common Injuries and Consequences
As you might imagine, motorcyclists typically experience serious injuries and consequences after a motorcycle accident, such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Facial injuries
- Broken bones
- Lacerations and abrasions
- Road rash
- Internal injuries
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Anxiety or depression.
These injuries often lead to terrible outcomes that permanently affect victims and their families, such as:
- Loss of sexual function
- Loss of sensation.
Fortunately, victims can pursue compensation for their injuries and damages.
Compensation After a Motorcycle Accident
Victims of motorcycle accidents can pursue valuable compensation for the injuries they have suffered. In general, there are two principal forms of compensation: economic and non-economic. Economic compensation (or economic damages) refers to compensation that covers the direct financial impact a victim feels after an accident, such as:
- Medical bills
- Lost income
- Physical therapy costs
- Travel costs for medical treatment.
Non-economic compensation, on the other hand, covers subjective, intangible losses that don’t have predetermined price tags, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium.
In cases where the defendant acted maliciously or willfully, the victims may be eligible for punitive damages. Punitive damages penalize a person for bad behavior by requiring them to pay damages on top of the damages owed for economic and non-economic losses.
How Our Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Asheville Can Help
We Handle Everything for You
There’s a lot that goes into seeking compensation for a motorcycle injury. Victims and their families are better off focusing on recovery and adjustment. Meanwhile, Asheville personal injury attorney Denton and his team handle everything related to your claim, including:
- Investigating the motorcycle accident
- Consulting with accident and medical professionals
- Collecting and preserving evidence
- Meeting and negotiating with insurance company adjusters
- Determining your damages
- Keeping you abreast of the progress of your claim.
With Lakota Denton, you have an ally ready and able to fight for the payout you deserve. Don’t go through the compensation process alone. Call 828-333-5996 today to set up a free consultation with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Asheville who cares.
Statute of Limitations and Timing Considerations
Time Is of the Essence
If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash, it is important to note that you have limited time to take action. North Carolina law gives you three years to file a lawsuit, after which point your case becomes invalid. However, there are exceptions to the three-year limit. For example, if the victim is a minor, they have until three years after their 18th birthday to take action.
In addition to the three-year statute of limitations, other timing considerations are in play that make it important not to delay. For example, evidence problems tend to arise the longer a victim waits to file suit. Evidence tends to get destroyed or go missing as time goes on.
Consider a motorcycle accident that was captured on CCTV. The footage from the camera would be valuable to the victim to prove liability. However, if the victim waits too long to seek compensation, that footage will likely be erased to make room for more footage.
Frequently Asked Questions
For more information regarding motorcycle accidents, browse the following FAQs. And please call our office if you have any lingering questions or concerns.
Do I need an Asheville motorcycle accident lawyer?
If you have been in a motorcycle accident and need compensation, you should hire an Asheville motorcycle accident lawyer. Doing so increases your odds of getting maximum compensation for your losses. Going through the process without an attorney means you are more likely to get a subpar payment for your losses.
Should I be speaking with an insurance adjuster?
If you seek damages, you should hire an Asheville motorcycle accident attorney to handle communications and negotiations with adjusters. Always remember that adjusters are fighting to pay less than they should. They employ various tricks and strategies to convince victims to accept less than they deserve. However, these tactics don’t work with an experienced Asheville motorcycle accident attorney.
How much does an Asheville motorcycle accident attorney charge?
Asheville motorcycle accident lawyers do not charge anything up front. Instead, they charge a percentage of the total compensation they collect for you. If they collect zero, you pay zero.
How long will my motorcycle accident case take?
How long a motorcycle compensation case takes depends on the facts of the case. If there are no major factual or legal issues, your case may be resolved in as little as a few months. However, if your case is difficult or complex, it could take over a year, especially if a trial is necessary.
Will my case go to trial?
Considering that most motorcycle cases do not go to trial, it is unlikely that yours will either. However, there’s always a chance that your Asheville motorcycle accident attorney and the insurance company will fail to reach an agreement, in which case a trial may be necessary.
Attorney Lakota Denton works hard to get his clients the money they need in a timely fashion. However, he is not afraid to go to trial if an insurance company refuses to pay what is owed.
Does North Carolina have a helmet law?
Yes. All motorcycle riders in North Carolina must wear a helmet that complies with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 218.
For more answers, please contact us to speak with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Asheville today.
Speak with an Asheville Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
Take the Next Step Toward Compensation
Motorcycle accidents can lead to serious injuries, and, in turn, these injuries cause significant losses for victims and their families. If you have been harmed in a motorcycle accident, let our motorcycle accident lawyer in Asheville help you access the compensation you need to help rebuild and recover.
Thousands have relied on attorney Lakota Denton in the past, and so can you. Call 828-333-5996 to schedule a free consultation with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Asheville who is ready to fight for you.
Lakota R. Denton, P.A. – Asheville Office
36 Orchard St, Asheville, NC 28801