Charlotte Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
15801 Brixham Hill Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28277
Tel: (704) 927-4999
Fax: (704) 927-4988
Experienced attorneys advocate for injured riders and passengers
Any lawsuit stemming from a traffic accident hinges on the question of negligence. Proving liability can be a huge hurdle for motorcyclists, since many people, judges and jurors included, harbor negative preconceptions about motorcyclists. At Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban, our Charlotte injury lawyers shatter stereotypes with clear, concise presentations of factual evidence. With more than 200 years of combined experience, our legal team knows how to build a solid case for the maximum level of compensation.
Surprising motorcycle accident statistics for Charlotte
Folks who view the Queen City as quaint or genteel are surprised to learn that motorcycle accidents are increasingly common in Charlotte. And, because motorcycle riders are so exposed, accidents often have serious, even deadly, consequences. According to the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles, there were 3,893 motorcycle crashes in North Carolina in 2013, of which 154 were fatal and 3,167 caused an injury. This indicates that an injury or death occurred in more than 80 percent of all motorcycle accidents in our state over the course of the year.
Knowledge of the common causes of Charlotte motorcycle crashes
If you’ve had a motorcycle accident and are considering a personal injury lawsuit, our Charlotte lawyers can analyze your crash to make a preliminary assessment of fault. We have experience with a wide array of motorcycle accident scenarios, including:
- Vehicles turning left — A left turn or a U-turn takes a vehicle across lanes of oncoming traffic. When drivers do not see an oncoming motorcycle, and move a car, truck or van across the oncoming lane, they create a T-bone scenario, where the bike smashes into the broad side of the turning vehicle.
- Head-on collisions — This most deadly of crashes occurs when a negligent driver crosses the divide between opposite lanes of traffic.
- Lane splitting — North Carolina law does not specifically address this practice that allows motorcycles to slice through slow-moving traffic. But bikers who are injured while lane-splitting must overcome perceptions that lane-splitting is always too risky.
- Lane sharing — More like lane-encroaching, this is an inherently unsafe practice where cars attempt to ride alongside a motorcycle or pass within the same lane.
- Speeding and alcohol impairment — The two major causes of any traffic accident strongly suggest negligence and liability for the accident.
- Crashes with stationary objects — When a motorcycle hits a stationary object, such as a tree or a lamppost, the burden is on the biker to show that another driver or a hazardous road condition forced him off the road.
- Road hazards — When road hazards cause accidents, the injured party must show that the entity responsible for maintaining the road was negligent for not properly dealing with the hazard.
North Carolina is one of the few remaining states with strict contributory negligence law. An injured party who shares even the slightest blame for an accident cannot recover any compensation. North Carolina does require motorcyclists to wear helmets, but failure to do so is not considered contributory negligence in a personal injury case. However, the possibility that a court could rule you ineligible for compensation makes your lawyer’s role even more urgent.
Contact a Charlotte motorcycle accident lawyer for the help you deserve
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, trust Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban to fight for your maximum recovery. We know how to build a compelling case for the compensation you deserve. Call (888) 351-1038 or contact us online today to schedule a free consultation.