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Skilled Morganton Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Morganton has been called “nature’s playground” with its idyllic location on the Catawba River in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Bikers have discovered its charm and nearby scenic rides, but they also know these roads can be dangerous. Motorcycle accidents can be serious, and riders must always be careful out on the road.

Some areas are more dangerous than others. A large portion of motorcycle crashes happen on I-40, which has been named one of the country’s deadliest highways. If you’ve been injured in a crash that wasn’t your fault, talk with a Morganton motorcycle accident attorney about your case. For a free case evaluation, contact us online.

How Often Do Motorcycle Crashes Happen in Morganton?

According to the DMV’s North Carolina 2019 Traffic Crash Facts report, the five-year average for fatal motorcycle crashes in Burke County is two deaths per year. The five-year average for wrecks involving injuries is 43 wrecks resulting in 51 injuries. More motorcycle crashes were reported in Burke County in 2019 (56 in total) than in any of the previous 12 years.

What Are Common Causes for Motorcycle Wrecks?

Automobile drivers involved in wrecks with motorcycles routinely report that they never saw the bike and its rider. Police departments have even created an acronym, LBFS (looked but failed to see), for this common crash cause.

Authorities believe this happens because a motorcycle is significantly smaller than most of the other vehicles out on the road, and having only one headlight makes them even more difficult to spot. But it does not excuse negligence on the part of a driver who causes a wreck.

One of the most common types of LBFS motorcycle crashes are when a driver takes a left turn in front of a biker who then does not have enough time to react to avoid the collision. Drivers also commonly claim LBFS when pulling out in front of a biker to make a lane change.

If you have been in a motorcycle wreck and sustained injuries, we urge you to call our local Morganton office or contact us online for a free evaluation – we have attorneys who ride and can help you seek maximum compensation. We understand the special circumstances involving bike wrecks, and we will fight to protect your rights.

What Types of Injuries Are Sustained in Motorcycle Wrecks?

In addition to the injuries common to many vehicular wrecks – such as broken bones, muscle damage, and head and neck injuries – bikers may also sustain bodily trauma that is more specific to the motorcycle. Due to its smaller size and openness, the motorcycle does not offer much protection from impact, and riders are often thrown off their bikes.

Two types of injuries commonly sustained in motorcycle wrecks are:

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  • Biker’s arm – nerve damage, broken bones, or paralysis caused when bikers use their arms to brace for impact or when their motorcycles fall on top of their arms during a crash
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  • Road rash – friction burn or skin abrasion caused by sliding along the road during a wreck

What Is My Case Worth?

Victims of motorcycle crashes caused by the recklessness of others have the right to seek compensation for the following:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical bills
  • Pain and suffering
  • Damage to your motorcycle

And if your loved one died in a motorcycle accident, you may have a wrongful death claim and be entitled to these benefits:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Loss of future income
  • Loss of benefits such as health benefits and retirement benefits
  • Other financial losses

A Morganton motorcycle accident lawyer can help you identify the harms and damages suffered throughout this painful time.

Why Do I Want a Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Morganton?

While you heal, an attorney can shoulder much of the burden of your case by investigating the accident, collecting evidence, and establishing potential damages while working with the doctor’s office and negotiating with the insurance company.

And in Morganton, contributory negligence may be a key component of the insurance company’s efforts to pay as little as possible, or none, of your damages. North Carolina follows the contributory negligence rule which states that if you are even 1% responsible for the accident, the insurance company may be able to deny you compensation for your injuries.

But don’t let that discourage you from taking action: we urge you to discuss your case with an attorney who can explain the special considerations involving motorcycle wrecks.

How Can the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin Help Me?

At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, our attorneys have been fighting for the rights of motorcycle accident victims for more than 20 years. We have riders on staff who understand that motorcycle crashes are different from other crashes and who also recognize the prejudice many bikers endure when trying to fight for compensation.

Call our dedicated and skilled motorcycle accident lawyers at 1-866-900-7078 or contact us for a free case evaluation if you have been injured in a motorcycle crash. We will review the details of your case and may be able to give you tailored advice about how to best protect your rights. Let us fight for you.

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