Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in Sanford, NC
Sanford is a small town of less than 30,000 people that boasts many outdoor attractions, from Deep River, Lake Jordan, and Ole Gilliam Mill Park to golf courses, greenways, and wildlife parks. Centrally located, the city’s mild year-round temperatures attract people from all over the state, and the scenic roadways seem to be made for motorcyclists. But unfortunately, bikers are vulnerable out there on the open roads, even on NC Highway 42 in idyllic Sanford.
At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, we have a long history of fighting for the rights of our motorcycle accident clients. Some of our attorneys ride motorcycles and understand the allure of the open road, as well as how life-altering a bike wreck can be.
If you were injured in a Sanford motorcycle accident, you may need someone on your side looking out for your best interests. When you choose our firm, you get a motorcycle accident lawyer who is committed to your case. Contact us for a free case evaluation.
How Many Motorcyclists Get Injured or Killed Each Year?
In North Carolina, the number of motorcycle wreck fatalities increased 10% to 186 deaths in 2019. The 5-year average for motorcycle crash injuries was 3,309 for the state. It’s a well-known fact that bikers are particularly at risk in crashes.
What Should You Not Do After a Motorcycle Wreck?
While most people worry about what steps they should take after a wreck, there are also some important things that you should not do – mistakes that could hurt your chances of obtaining compensation for the harms and losses you suffered. Here are the top five things you should not do after being injured in a motorcycle crash:
- Don’t take a “wait and see” approach.
The insurance company is probably already building its case and seeking to limit its losses.
- Don’t underestimate your injuries or wait to get medical care.
A delay may be used against you as an indication that your injury is not serious.
- Don’t neglect to get the right kind of follow-up medical treatment.
Insurance companies pay attention to these details and may deny your claim if you don’t get the right type of follow-up care.
- Don’t automatically take the first settlement offer.
Be wary of quick cash and low-ball offers – wait until your medical treatment is done.
- Don’t talk with the insurance company without preparation.
Many adjusters may use tactics to try to close your claim as quickly as possible, for as little as possible.
Avoid many of these mistakes by seeking the assistance of an experienced motorcycle accident attorney immediately after your wreck.
Is Lane Splitting Allowed?
Lane splitting is generally assumed to be illegal in North Carolina. There has been much debate on this topic because the law does not specifically address lane splitting; however, General Statute GS-20-146 does state that all vehicles “shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane.”
Lane splitting, also called white lining or filtering, is when a motorcyclist cuts between two lanes of traffic going in the same direction, or when a motorcyclist pulls in front of stopped traffic at a red light. Many argue that lane splitting is dangerous and should remain illegal.
Lane splitting is different from lane sharing. Lane sharing involves two motorcycles sharing a single lane, and this practice is legal in North Carolina. If you have been injured in a wreck involving lane splitting or lane sharing, we urge you to consult with a motorcycle accident attorney in Sanford with experience in these types of crashes.
What Can a Lawyer Do to Help?
First and foremost, a lawyer can help shoulder the burden of your case so that you can focus on healing. This can include:
- Helping establish the facts of the case
- Dealing with paperwork and adhering to deadlines
- Trying to prove the at-fault driver’s negligence
- Fighting to dispel any preconceived notions that all motorcyclists drive dangerously
- Handling communication with the insurance company
- Reviewing insurance company settlement offers
- Identifying possible sources of compensation
- Reviewing your insurance policies
- Calculating possible damages you have experienced because of the wreck
- Collecting relevant medical records and bills
- Representing you in court, if needed
While this is a long list of things, it’s not a complete one because motorcycle accident cases can be complicated. Contact the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin today, and get a free case evaluation. Our attorneys are here to help.
Why Hire Us as Your Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Sanford?
Our law firm serves motorcycle accident victims in Sanford, and we know how serious motorcycle accidents can be. You may be dealing with debilitating injuries that mean a lengthy recovery time. You may be facing a loss of income. We understand. If you want to work with a skilled attorney, we have an office in Sanford.
Also, we work on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no upfront costs, and no attorney’s fees unless we obtain you compensation.2 We focus on trying to get you as much as possible, as quickly as possible, and we do not bill you by the hour. This takes the worry of mounting legal fees off your plate as we work to try to get you compensation for your damages and losses.
Our attorneys have obtained large settlements for motorcycle accident victims across North Carolina who have been injured in crashes caused by the negligence of others – bikers who have been rear-ended or cut off by a car turning left in front them.1
If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident and want guidance on next steps, call our firm at 1-866-900-7078 or contact us online for a free case evaluation today. It’s time to tell them you mean business!
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