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North Carolina Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

Were you injured in a motorcycle crash? Did you lose a loved one in a fatal motorcycle accident? Did a negligent driver argue that he or she did not see you, or blame you for a collision? If so, an experienced North Carolina motorcycle accident lawyer may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve. At Riddle & Brantley, our NC motorcycle accident attorneys fight tirelessly to hold negligent drivers accountable and secure justice for injured motorcyclists and their passengers.

North Carolina Motorcycle Accident Lawyers - Riddle & BrantleyFor a FREE, no-obligation consultation with an experienced North Carolina motorcycle accident lawyer, please call 1-800-525-7111 or complete the fast and easy form below.

We work on a contingency basis, which means there are absolutely no upfront costs and you won’t pay any attorney fees unless we win your case and you receive compensation.

Please call 1-800-525-7111 today and let’s review your claim. We can evaluate your motorcycle accident case and help determine the best legal path forward for seeking the justice and compensation you deserve.

“Riddle & Brantley found me all the available money from the insurance companies.”

David Howard, Riddle & Brantley client

Serving Clients Across North Carolina

Our North Carolina motorcycle accident lawyers handle cases across the entire state of North Carolina, including in:

  • Raleigh
  • Durham
  • Greensboro
  • Winston-Salem
  • High Point
  • Charlotte
  • Fayetteville
  • Goldsboro
  • Greenville
  • Kinston
  • Jacksonville
  • New Bern
  • Wilmington

Free consultations are available with our motorcycle accident injury attorneys by phone, email, text and video chat, and we can even come directly to you if it’s more convenient. However, no in-person meeting is required to get started on your case.

We strive to treat every client like family and frequently respond to calls, emails, and texts after hours and on weekends. We also have bilingual interpreters on staff for the convenient of our Spanish-speaking clients.

Experienced North Carolina Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Who Can Fight for You

In more than three decades serving the people of North Carolina, our motorcycle accident lawyers have handled hundreds of motorcycle accident claims, recovering millions of dollars in compensation for injured riders (see disclaimer below).

Recent case results include:

  • $1,000,000 — Our client was a passenger on a motorcycle when the driver lost control in an S-curve. She was thrown from the bike and suffered extensive and life-changing injuries, including traumatic brain injury and multiple fractures. Our investigation determined that the driver was at fault in the accident and we filed a civil claim, ultimately securing $1 million in total compensation on behalf of our injured client.
  • $1,000,000 — We represented a motorcyclist who was hit when a truck failed to stop at a stop sign. Our client was thrown 15 feet from the motorcycle and suffered life-threatening injuries. The other driver was charged in the accident and our attorneys filed a civil claim, eventually securing $1,000,000 in total compensation as part of a negotiated settlement. The settlement represented the limits of the policy in question.
  • $300,000 — Our client was t-boned while pulling his motorcycle onto a busy highway. The other driver was found to be negligent in the accident after investigation and we aggressively pursued justice on our client’s behalf, ultimately negotiating a total settlement of $300,000, representing the limits of the insurance policy.

*** Disclaimer: The results mentioned are intended to illustrate the type of cases handled by the firm. These results do not guarantee a similar outcome, and they should not be construed to constitute a promise or guarantee of a particular result in any particular case. Every case is different, and the outcome of any case depends upon a variety of factors unique to that case.

“This settlement changed me and my family’s lives.”

Linda B., Riddle & Brantley client

Affordable North Carolina Motorcycle Accident Attorneys - Riddle & BrantleyFor a FREE, no-obligation consultation with an experienced NC motorcycle accident injury lawyer, please call 1-800-525-7111.

There are never any upfront costs and we don’t get paid unless you do. If we don’t recover compensation for you, you won’t pay a dime in attorney fees.

Call 1-800-525-7111 or fill out the fast and convenient form below for a free consultation today.

Serious Attorneys for Serious Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Motorcycles provide relatively little protection for their riders, as compared to cars and trucks. As a result, motorcycle accident injuries are often much more serious than those caused by other collisions. North Carolina law does include several regulations to promote motorcycle safety. However, many times negligent drivers cause motorcycle accidents by driving recklessly or failing to yield the right of way to motorcyclists. Often, distracted or negligent motorists may overlook motorcycles altogether, causing serious and potentially fatal crashes.

In more than 35 years handling these cases, our attorneys have represented motorcycle accident victims who have suffered all kinds of injuries, including:

  • Broken bones
  • Cuts, scrapes, and contusions
  • Head injuries
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Concussions
  • Brain bleeds (hemorrhages)
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Hand injuries
  • Loss of limbs (amputations)
  • Burns
  • Emotional trauma such as PTSD
  • Death

In cases in which injuries result in long-term disability, our Social Security disability lawyers are ready to assist with these claims and appeals, as well. In the most heartbreaking cases, our wrongful death lawyers can fight for justice for surviving family members.

Investigators On Staff

Motorcycle Accident Investigators on Staff - Riddle & BrantleyThe immediate aftermath of a motorcycle accident can be critical in determining the outcome of your case. Our experienced personal injury lawyers are supported by a team of investigators led by retired law enforcement officers. These investigators can immediately begin collecting and documenting evidence, interviewing witnesses, and helping prove liability. In many cases, we’ll even bring in outside experts like accident reconstructionists to help strengthen your case.

What to Do Immediately After a Motorcycle Accident

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident in North Carolina, follow these tips to protect yourself and help preserve your legal rights:

  • Seek Medical Attention — Even if you don’t believe you are severely injured, it’s important to seek immediate medical attention. Some injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident may not be immediately apparent, and advanced imaging may be necessary to help dangerous brain injuries. Follow the recommendation of the first responders at the scene and proceed to the hospital immediately if you’ve been hurt. In addition to protecting your health and safety, getting medical treatment will be important in pursuing a motorcycle accident injury claim or lawsuit.
  • Call 911 — In addition to getting the medical help you need, calling 911 will ensure that law enforcement responds and that an accident report is filed. A police report will be critical in helping prove your motorcycle accident injury case. Talk with the responding law enforcement officer and be honest and straightforward. Do not admit fault and do not apologize, but remember that anything you say can and will be used against you.
  • Take Photos — If you are able, document the motorcycle accident evidence at the crash scene, including vehicle damage, debris, skid marks, road signage, road markings, and anything else significant. Be sure to also get photos of any injuries. If you’ve been severely injured, another person can help take photos.
  • Get Witnesses’ Contact Info — Talk with potential witnesses and get their contact information. Witness testimony may prove invaluable in pursuing a motorcycle accident injury claim or lawsuit.
  • Don’t Give a Recorded Statement to the Insurance Company — Insurance adjusters will often immediately seek an official and/or recorded statement. Do NOT give a recorded statement to an insurance company without first talking with an experienced North Carolina motorcycle accident lawyer.
  • Call a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer — An experienced personal injury lawyer handling motorcycle accident injury claims can advise you on your legal rights, investigate the circumstances of the crash, and help determine the best path forward for seeking compensation. At Riddle & Brantley, we can consult with you via phone, email, text, and even video conference. The consultation is always free and you won’t pay any attorney fees unless we recover compensation for you. Call 1-800-525-7111 for a free consultation immediately after the accident.

For a FREE consultation with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer handling cases across North Carolina, please call 1-800-525-7111.

Remember, there are no attorney fees unless we win your case. We don’t get paid unless we recover compensation for you. It’s as simple as that.

Call 1-800-525-7111 today and let’s review your claim.

“It was nice to see Riddle & Brantley put me and my needs first.”

R. Colley, Riddle & Brantley client

Motorcycle Laws in North Carolina

In North Carolina, motorcyclists must follow the same basic rules of the road as operators of other vehicles. However, there are several laws which pertain specifically to motorcyclists. These include, but are not limited to:

Lane Use

Most operators of vehicles may not know that the law entitles a motorcycle to the full use of a lane, just like any car or truck. Therefore, no motor vehicle shall be driven in such a manner as to deprive any motorcycle of the full use of that lane. In addition, two motorcycles may lawfully operate abreast in one single lane at the same time. However, motorcyclists shall not ride more than two abreast in one single lane. (N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-146.1).

Lights

North Carolina also requires that motorcyclists keep both the headlamps and rear lamps their bikes illuminated at all times while the motorcycle is in operation on the highways or other public vehicular areas. (N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-129).

Helmet Laws

Most importantly, North Carolina requires all motorcyclists and moped drivers to wear safety helmets. These helmets must comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Likewise, this law limits the number of passengers on the motorcycle or moped to the number of persons it was designed to carry. (N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-140.4).

Motorcycle Safety Tips for Riding in North Carolina

Changing road conditions can significantly increase the chances of a motorcycle accident. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind if you’re riding a motorcycle in any of the following conditions:

  • Uneven surfaces — Broken pavement, bumps, potholes and debris in the road can create dangerous driving conditions. Try to avoid these obstacles by slowing down and going around them. If you cannot go around an obstacle like this, then approach it as close to a 90-degree angle as possible. Slow down and keep the motorcycle in an upright position. Also rise slightly off the seat with your weight on the foot pegs; absorb the shock with your elbows and knees. Just before you hit the uneven ground, slightly roll on the throttle. This will lighten the front end. After a hard impact, pull off to the side of the road (when safe); check the bike for any damage.
  • Wet surfaces — Wet pavement, gravel, mud, snow, and ice are all tough surfaces to ride on since there is little traction. Steel plates, manhole covers, and lane markings are also slippery when wet. To ride safely on wet surfaces, reduce your speed, avoid sudden moves and use both brakes. Make sure to squeeze the front brake slowly so the front wheel does not lock. Also, use gentle pressure on the back brake. When it rains, ride in the tire marks left by other vehicles; the middle of the lane may be very wet.
  • Ice and snow — Try to avoid roads covered in ice and snow. If you must go out on an icy surface, then drive slowly. If possible, coast very slowly and stay off the brakes. Attempting this maneuver at any speed other than the slowest of speeds could be very dangerous. Additionally, stay alert for black ice and slippery patches that may be difficult to see.
  • Railroad tracks — Should you be riding over railroad tracks or pavement seams, it is safer to ride straight into your lane. Turning to take tracks head-on at is dangerous. This path could carry you into another lane of traffic. Cross any track or road seam that runs parallel to you at a 45-degree angle. After crossing, make a sharp, quick turn back into your lane. Edging across the tracks could catch your tires and throw your motorcycle off balance.
  • Grooves or bridge gratings — Maintain a steady speed and ride straight across these kinds of surfaces. You may feel uneasy and your motorcycle may wander slightly, but know that this is usually not hazardous. If you cross at an angle it may cause your bike to zigzag, creating a dangerous situation

Riddle & Brantley wants all drivers on the road to drive safely, including motorcycle riders. However, if you are involved in a motorcycle accident in North Carolina, then our attorneys are here to help.

Experienced Motorcycle Accident Injury Attorneys at Riddle & BrantleyFor a FREE consultation with an experienced North Carolina motorcycle accident lawyer, please call 1-800-525-7111 or complete the convenient form below.

There is never any upfront cost and you won’t pay any attorney fees unless we win your case and you receive compensation. Call 1-800-525-7111 today and let’s talk.

Award-Winning Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Serving North Carolina

At Riddle & Brantley, our team of attorneys has more than 225 years of combined legal experience handling personal injury claims. Our firm is led by attorney Gene Riddle, who has been recognized by many prestigious organizations and awards for his experience and results (see disclaimer below). These organizations and awards include:

  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Super Lawyers
  • The National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Litigator Award

“Those injured in motorcycle accidents deserve justice, no matter what.”

Gene Riddle, founding partner and attorney, Riddle & Brantley

For a FREE consultation with an experienced North Carolina motorcycle accident lawyer, please call 1-800-525-7111 today.

The consultation is free and there is absolutely no obligation. We will review your case, advise you on your best legal options, and if you decide to hire us, fight aggressively for your right to justice and compensation.

Call 1-800-525-7111 today and let’s review your case.

Hurt in a Motorcycle Crash?

At Riddle & Brantley, we handle all types of motorcycle accident cases involving injuries from road rash and broken bones to catastrophic brain and spinal cord injuries. Our team considers the full impact of these injuries when fighting for compensation. This includes past and future medical expenses as well as lost wages, pain, and suffering and more.

We’ve handled all types of motorcycle crash cases in more than 35 years serving North Carolinians and we would love to help you if we can. Our lawyers will work hard to protect your rights and explain your legal options. When Justice Counts, we can guide you through your insurance claim and/or personal injury lawsuit.

To speak with an experienced NC motorcycle accident lawyer today, call 1-800-525-7111 or complete the fast and easy form below.

There are no upfront costs and you won’t pay any attorney fees unless we win your case. We invite you to experience the Riddle & Brantley difference. Justice Counts, and we would love to help you and your loved ones get the justice and compensation you need and deserve.

Call 1-800-525-7111 today and let’s review your case.

 


*** Disclaimer: The results mentioned are intended to illustrate the type of cases handled by the firm. These results do not guarantee a similar outcome, and they should not be construed to constitute a promise or guarantee of a particular result in any particular case. Every case is different, and the outcome of any case depends upon a variety of factors unique to that case.

*** Disclaimer: An attorney must meet certain requirements to join these organizations or receive these awards. For more information on Membership Criteria for Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Super Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100, The National Association of Distinguished Counsel, AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the Litigator Award, and other memberships, awards, and accolades, please visit our Membership Criteria page. These awards and memberships should not be construed as a promise or guarantee of a similar result. Each case is different and must be evaluated separately.