North Carolina Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Injuries suffered in a motorcycle crash can be devastating. Even worse, they can result in the loss of life. The medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering associated with these accidents place a heavy burden on injured motorcyclists and their families. If you or a loved one has been involved in a bike accident caused by the negligence of another, the accident attorneys at Vasquez Law Firm, PLLC know how to help.
Contact the Vasquez Law Firm, PLLC for a free consultation at 919-989-3000 or email us. We handle cases in North Carolina. We have three convenient North Carolina locations: Smithfield, Raleigh and Charlotte.
We understand the risks motorcyclists take every time they get on their bikes. Some of our attorneys are experienced bikers themselves. We know that it is the responsibility of automobile and truck drivers to share the highway safely with motorcyclists. These drivers must always keep a proper lookout for motorcycles, not just other cars and trucks. This is particularly important when they enter highways from side streets and driveways, when they make left turns in front of oncoming traffic, and when they pass traffic. In these situations, motorcyclists are at higher risk for crashes with cars and trucks.
The attorneys of our law firm handled motorcycle accident cases arising out of a wide variety of circumstances. Our lawyers are experienced, not only in the courtroom, but at the negotiating table, in mediation, and in arbitration. They understand the North Carolina laws enacted to protect motorcyclists and have years of experience building successful cases for motorcyclists injured through the negligence of others.
If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, you may have questions about what to do next. What can you do to help?
- Do not fix, repair or dispose of your damaged motorcycle without talking to an attorney.
- Your lawyer may need your bike to help prove your case. He will want to take photographs of it. He may ask an accident reconstruction expert to examine your motorcycle and look for physical evidence which may prove fault on the part of the vehicle that struck you or ran you off the road. Occasionally a motorcycle accident happens because the motorcycle itself was defective. Unless you keep your bike in its immediate post-accident condition, your attorney may have difficulty proving a product defect.
- Keep your damaged motorcycle in a safe place.
- It is best to place the damaged bike under cover and keep it secure. The fewer people who have access to it the better. The defense may contend someone besides you altered or damaged the bike in some way after the accident. Never give the motorcycle to the vehicle manufacturer for “testing” without consulting a lawyer first.
- Keep all owners’, maintenance, and repair manuals for your motorcycle as well as all warranty documents whether or not your bike is a total loss. If anyone at the scene after the accident identifies himself to you as an eyewitness, ask for and write down identifying information.
- Occasionally a witness will approach you after an accident to render aid or tell you he saw your accident happen. If you are physically able to do so, try to get the name, address and phone number of such witnesses and save this information for your lawyer. Don’t count on the police investigators to record or keep this information. Frequently, witnesses don’t even stay at the scene until the police arrive.
If you, a relative or someone you know has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, call Vasquez Law Firm, PLLC at 919-989-3000 or or contact us online to schedule your free consultation and let our motorcycle accident lawyers help you obtain the settlement or verdict you deserve.