Motorcycle riders are vulnerable to extreme injuries even when contact with another vehicle is relatively minor. The secondary impact of the rider against the hard surface of the road or a stationary object may cause catastrophic harm. Yet, the laws of North Carolina make it very difficult for motorcyclists to obtain the compensation they deserve, especially if they represent themselves. Fortunately, Lanier Law Group, P.A. is prepared to manage your case aggressively. We understand the urgency of your needs. From our offices in Raleigh, Wilmington, Durham, Greensboro, Asheville, Burlington, Fayetteville, Greenville, Winston-Salem, Jamestown and Charlotte, we take decisive steps to deliver optimal results within a reasonable time.
North Carolina is one of the few remaining states that adhere to the old rule of contributory negligence, which bars an injured person from recovering any damages if he is even one percent responsible for the accident. This all-or-nothing principle is especially troublesome in motorcycle accident claims, since many potential jurors see bikers as risk-takers who too often engage in unsafe maneuvers. Motorists who claim, “I never saw the bike coming,” may often find sympathetic ears serving on the jury. Personal injury claims are decided by a preponderance of the evidence; a defendant only has to prove it was “more likely than not” that the biker contributed to the accident and the claim is void.
Under these circumstances, it is vitally important that you have experienced and determined legal counsel. Our attorneys have litigated countless cases where contributory negligence was at issue. We know how to build a fact-specific argument that rebuts a defendant’s assertion of contributory negligence. Using the doctrine of “last clear chance,” we can often demonstrate that despite a biker’s mistake, the motorist had a reasonable opportunity to avoid an accident, but missed that chance through his own negligence. Facts may also support a finding that the motorist was grossly negligent, which would negate any claim of contributory negligence on your part.
When you retain an attorney for your motorcycle accident, you send a signal to the defendant’s insurance company that you intend to fight for your rights. They know they’re wasting time with low-ball offers and serious settlement discussions can begin. But there are many benefits you’ll see right away:
If you choose to fight the insurance company alone, you may experience endless delays as they might attempt to wear you down and force you to settle for less than your case may be worth. With a heavyweight on your side, you won’t have that problem.
Lanier Law Group, P.A. has been fighting for injured motorcyclists throughout North Carolina for more than 25 years. To learn more about how our experienced accident attorneys may be able to help your case, take advantage of a free consultation. Call us in Raleigh, Wilmington, Durham, Greensboro, Asheville, Burlington, Fayetteville, Greenville, Winston-Salem, Jamestown or Charlotte at 855-234-7619 or contact us online.
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