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You could be in a collision with a pickup truck on Thompson Road, or a victim of a hit and run near Wayne Memorial Drive. Maybe an SUV never sees you and makes a left turn right in your path as you approach the NC 111 intersection. When a motorcycle and another vehicle get in a wreck, it is often the car driver who looked, failed to see, and negligently caused the accident.
Non-riders often think it was you who was the reckless one. Some insurance adjusters may try to use that common bias against you to try to reduce any payout. Our Goldsboro motorcycle accident lawyers understand this bias well. We understand the particular circumstances and obstacles riders may face when seeking compensation after a wreck.
How Serious Are Motorcycle Accident Injuries From a Wreck?
However the wreck happens, the results can be catastrophic for the rider. While the car driver and its passengers typically experience much less severe of an impact, a significant collision will almost certainly result in injuries for the rider. These injuries can be life-altering – and even fatal.
North Carolina motorcycle accident statistics show that, in 2019, a motorcycle accident resulted in a fatality about every 48 hours. You know it can be dangerous for riders out there. That’s why you followed the rules and tried to ride safe — but a careless driver still injured you. You want a Goldsboro motorcycle accident attorney who believes in you to help you fight for the compensation you may deserve.
Damages You May Be Entitled to After a Motorcycle Wreck
An injury from a motorcycle wreck in Goldsboro can lead to a variety of steep losses. These can range from expenses related to rehabilitation to emotional trauma.
You may be entitled to compensation for:
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Medical bills
How Can Contributory Negligence Impact My Claim?
If your negligence contributed to the accident — even just a 1% contribution — you may be completely barred from recovering from the other person. Under this rule, the driver who was 99% at fault for striking your motorcycle and injuring you might be able to avoid liability (or rather, the driver’s insurance company in most instances).
If that seems unfair, many agree with you. North Carolina is one of just a handful of states which still apply this rule known as contributory negligence. Unfortunately, the bias many have towards riders may impact how fault is viewed in your case.
Because you’re a rider, it may be tempting for the insurance company to assign even a small bit of blame to you for something you did to contribute to the accident. If an adjuster or insurance defense lawyer can successfully establish that you were just a bit to blame, this may preclude you from any recovery whatsoever.
So what should you do to try to avoid a contributory negligence trap? You must be very careful when talking to the insurance adjuster who comes calling after you file your claim. You might frame something completely innocent in the wrong way, with the adjuster coaxing you to say certain words that have legal significance.
How are you supposed to know what the nuanced laws say? You’re not, but your insurance adjuster sure does. That’s why it can be a huge mistake to talk to the insurance adjuster before talking to us — especially where the slightest contributory negligence can doom your claim.
Has a Family Member Died in a Motorcycle Wreck Caused by a Negligent Driver?
Losing a loved one to another’s negligence is a tragic, incomprehensible loss. Family members of a loved one killed in a motorcycle wreck may be entitled to compensation. If a negligent driver is responsible for causing a motorcycle wrongful death, they should make you whole — to the extent money can ever make you whole.
There is a limited amount of time under the law to seek compensation for wrongful death damages, including reimbursement for:
- The costs of the funeral and burial
- Medical expenses from the crash
Other financial losses you may be entitled to recover include:
- Loss of support
- Loss of future income
- Loss of benefits
Non-financial losses for which you may be entitled to compensation include:
- Loss of services
- Loss of care
- Loss of protection
- Loss of guidance
- Loss of companionship
Has your loved one been killed in a motorcycle wreck? Our wrongful death attorneys can help you seek justice. The first step to getting help is a free case evaluation.
Why Hire the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin?
Hiring a motorcycle accident lawyer is a big decision. When you are represented by the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, you get a lawyer who provides compassionate representation while fighting vigorously on your behalf.
We believe in our clients, and we believe in our attorneys. That’s why we’re proud to provide our contingency fee arrangement as part of the James Scott Farrin Advantage. You pay nothing up front and no attorney’s fee at all if we don’t recover compensation for you.2 Even the case evaluation is free.
But there’s more to the James Scott Farrin Advantage:
- A formidable team
- Other side experience
- No waiting around
We also have a strong track record: In 2020, we recovered over $125 million in total compensation for more than 4,500 clients.1
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