Rutherfordton Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Strong advocacy when motorcycle accidents cause serious injuries or death in NC

Motorcycles are incredibly popular in Rutherfordton and throughout the state of North Carolina. They are a fun way to see the beautiful scenery and enjoy the companionship of others. For many owners, they are an inexpensive form of transportation. However, motorcyclists are more vulnerable on the roadway than drivers and passengers in traditional vehicles. When an accident occurs involving a motorcycle, it is common for serious injuries to occur. Many motorcycle accident victims do die.

At Price, Petho & Associates, our Rutherfordton motorcycle accident attorneys have helped numerous accident victims obtain strong jury verdicts and just insurance settlements. We’ve been fighting for personal injury victims since 1979. If you have been injured by the careless or negligent actions of another driver, we will investigate your claim and help you recover the compensation you need. We will work with your doctors and our network of healthcare providers to be certain we understand what medical help you need, how much it costs, and how your injuries have changed your life.

How can we help?

Why are motorcycle accidents so dangerous?

Motorcycle accidents are dangerous because, unlike cars and trucks, motorcycles do not provide any protection for drivers or passengers. There are no hood, trunk, roof, or side doors. When motorcycles crash, the riders are either crushed by the metal of other vehicles or fall onto the hard asphalt. In some cases, riders are injured in both ways.

Data from the North Carolina Department of Transportation shows that there were 3,194 total motorcycle accidents across the state during the latest reporting year. Out of these incidents, there were 158 fatal crashes and 3,016 injury crashes. This means almost all motorcycle accidents cause a death or injuries.

What are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in Rutherfordton?

A key requirement in every motorcycle accident case is to show that a defendant was negligent or failed to exercise appropriate care. At Price, Petho & Associates, our personal injury lawyers understand why motorcycle accidents happen, and how to show the defendant caused the accident. Some of the many reasons motorcycle accidents happen in Rutherfordton are:

  • A car or truck driver failed to see the motorcycle
  • A car or truck driver failed to respect the right of the motorcycle driver
  • A driver was distracted
  • A driver was intoxicated
  • Violations of speeding laws, right of way laws, and other North Carolina traffic laws
  • Driving too fast for traffic or weather conditions
  • Driving on slick road surfaces
  • Failing to handle a curve properly
  • Riding two abreast in a lane
  • Improper turns

Many motorcycle accidents in Rutherfordton occur because the motorcycle operator was inexperienced.

What are the different types of motorcycle accidents?

Our Rutherfordton motorcycle accident attorneys represent victims and families in all types of crashes including those involving:

  • Head-on collisions
  • Broadsides
  • Rear-end accidents
  • Accidents at intersections
  • Accidents on slick roads or uneven roads
  • Roads that were not properly maintained
  • Roadkill and potholes

We also represent motorcycle accident victims if an accident is due to defective motorcycle parts such as faulty clutches, brakes, handlebars, and tires.

What injuries result from motorcycle accidents in Rutherfordton?

Motorcycle accident victims regularly sustained severe injuries as a result of the incident. At Price, Petho & Associates, our team regularly helps motorcycle crash victims who have sustained the following injuries:

  • Severe road rash or lacerations
  • Facial fractures or open head wounds
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Concussions
  • Spinal cord trauma
  • Burn injuries
  • Traumatic amputations
  • Broken or dislocated bones
  • Internal organ damage
  • Internal bleeding
  • Significant scarring and disfigurement
  • Other severe back or neck injury

In addition to these acute traumatic injuries, it is not uncommon for motorcycle accident victims in Rutherfordton to suffer from significant emotional and psychological trauma because of the incident. This can include feelings of fear, anxiety, depression, and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

What damages can a Rutherfordton motorcycle accident victim claim?

Our attorneys strive to recover full compensation for our client’s losses, including compensation for physical injuries as well as emotional and psychological injuries. We demand compensation for all your damages – including lifetime damages. Your damage claim will include a demand that the defendant(s) pay:

  • All your medical expenses
  • Your lost income and benefits
  • Permanent disability benefits
  • Physical pain and emotional suffering
  • Property damage
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Loss of life’s pleasures
  • Loss of consortium

In some cases, we may demand punitive damages.

What laws govern riding motorcycles in Rutherfordton?

While motorcycle riders 18 and over are not required to pass a motorcycle education course, all motorcycle operators should consider taking a course – it might save your life. Operators under 18 are required to complete a course provided through the North Carolina Motorcycle Safety Education Program.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) does require that all riders wear an approved safety helmet and secure their chin strip while the motorcycle is moving.

Motorcycle riders should also consider wearing gloves, boots, a heavy or leather jacket, goggles, and thick pants. The proper clothing helps in the rain and can reduce the likelihood of severe road rash.

NCDOT also recommends that:

  • Drivers wear brightly colored clothing and reflective tape
  • Obey the speed limit
  • Drive sober
  • Never drive while distracted
  • Use hand or turn signals when turning or changing lanes
  • Keep a safe distance from other vehicles
  • Have a foot-rest or peg for passengers

Other drivers need to honor the right of the motorcycle rider to a full lane of travel.

How much time do I have to file my claim?

North Carolina has a three-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims and a two-year statute of limitations for wrongful death claims.

If you were injured in an accident or a loved one was killed, don’t wait. Contact our Rutherfordton motorcycle accident lawyers as soon as possible. The sooner you speak with us, the sooner we can investigate how the accident happened, review your medical injuries, negotiate with insurance companies, and try your case before a jury.

Do you have a motorcycle accident lawyer near me?

We meet clients at our Rutherfordton office located at 224 N Main St. Rutherfordton, NC. Our motorcycle accident lawyers also see clients in Charlotte and Rockingham. If a client is immobile, we meet him/her at the client’s home or a healthcare facility.

Contact a Rutherfordton motorcycle accident lawyer today

If you or somebody you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by the careless actions of another driver in or around the Rutherfordton area, reach out to the team at Price, Petho & Associates for help today. Our Rutherfordton motorcycle accident attorneys have extensive experience handling complex motorcycle accident claims throughout North Carolina. We are skilled at both showing defendants are liable and showing the full extent of your injuries.

When you need a Rutherfordton motorcycle accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation or call 704-372-2160. We handle motorcycle accident cases on a contingency fee basis.