Raleigh Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one suffered severe injuries in a motorcycle accident, the Whitley Law Firm will fight for full compensation on your behalf. Our Raleigh motorcycle accident lawyers will use their more than 80 years of combined experience to build a robust case—with no upfront costs. But there’s more to our services than exceptional personal injury litigation.
We understand the difficult journey to recovery following a motorcycle accident—the toll it takes on your livelihood, quality of life, and family. You deserve a team of people advocating for you with compassion, tenacity, and genuine care. For decades, injured motorcyclists in Raleigh have come to us for The Whitley Advantage, a devotion to doing right by our clients and producing results that make them whole.
Call us today to discuss your case for free: (919) 785-5000.
We Will Fight For the Best Possible Outcome for Your Accident Case
After a motorcycle accident in Raleigh, we want you to focus on getting better without worrying about the legal challenges of pursuing personal injury compensation. The Whitley Law Firm team understands the complex challenges of building a serious injury case against a negligent driver.
Our investigative, pre-litigation, and litigation teams work together to establish the following:
- The defendant owed you a duty of care. Motorcycles are smaller and more difficult to see than other vehicles. Drivers should be extra cautious and check twice for motorcycles near them, especially when changing lanes or turning at intersections.
- They breached this duty by driving negligently. Examples of negligence could include driving too fast for conditions, not checking blind spots, driving while distracted, or failing to look for oncoming traffic before making a left turn.
- The defendant’s negligence caused your accident.
- You suffered damages, such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
While we handle the legal aspects of your case, we want to ensure you are confident and comfortable working with us. We are always available to take your calls, emails, or texts. You’ll even receive your attorney’s phone number and email, and we’ll always return your calls within 24 hours.
We Fight for Every Dollar You Deserve for Your Motorcycle Accident Injuries
If you’re suffering from severe injuries, you’re not only contending with physical pain and a costly recovery. You’re also struggling with the financial worries of everyday bills and your personal suffering that can make these burdens feel even heavier.
What your motorcycle accident is worth depends on the nature and extent of your injuries and the losses you suffered. Our Raleigh motorcycle accident lawyer can assess the evidence and investigate the extent of your losses, how much medical care you’ll require, how your injuries might affect your ability to work, and other ways your injuries will affect you for the rest of your life.
You could recover compensation for the following if you were injured in a motorcycle accident:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- The loss of earning capacity, if the motorcycle accident leaves you unable to work
- Damage to your motorcycle and any other property
- Any costs you pay out of pocket for medications, assistive devices, home and vehicle modifications, medical-related travel, etc.
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of mobility and independence
- Loss of enjoyment of life
We Will Fight for Justice If You Lost a Loved One in a Fatal Motorcycle Wreck
If you lost a loved one in a Raleigh motorcycle accident, we want to convey how sorry we are for your loss. We hope you’ll allow us to support you during this difficult time. We strive to provide the kindness and quality of care you need as you grieve your loss.
While no amount of money could ever make up for who you have lost, you do have the right to bring a claim or lawsuit for the following:
- Medical expenses incurred before your loved one’s passing
- The cost of a funeral and burial or cremation
- Loss of income and support, services, and companionship
We want you to focus on nothing else but spending time with your family. Our wrongful death attorneys will handle every detail from the beginning to the end of your case.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle riders are at increased risk of several different kinds of collisions, often caused by negligent drivers. Research published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found:
- 42 percent of fatal crashes involved the other vehicle turning left into the motorcycle
- 25 percent of fatal crashes involved collisions with fixed objects
- 27 percent of fatal crashes involved alcohol impairment
The percentage of accidents that occur due to the left-hand turns of passenger vehicles may be attributed to a driver not checking their blind spot, making an illegal turn, or not using their blinker.
If someone else caused your motorcycle accident, you shouldn’t have to suffer the consequences. Their negligence makes them responsible for the costs and losses you’ve endured.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries We Often See
Unfortunately, when other drivers don’t look for motorcycles, are driving while intoxicated, or otherwise drive recklessly, their actions can result in severe and life-altering injuries, which often include the following:
- Head injury, such as a traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Brain damage
- Back injury or neck injury, such as a spinal cord injury (SCI)
- Monoplegia or paralysis
- Broken bones
A legal representative with experience handling complex motorcycle injury cases can help you to overcome challenges that arise when pursuing compensation. Common challenges you may face include insurer bias against motorcycle riders and disputes regarding the fault. We are here to overcome these hurdles so that you can concentrate on your recovery.
Frequently Asked Questions About Motorcycle Accidents in Raleigh
What Should You Do After a Motorcycle Accident?
There are two priorities after any motorcycle accident. First, you need to protect your physical safety and well-being. Second, you need to preserve your legal rights.
Following these steps after a motorcycle accident can help you stay safe and protect your claim against the driver of the other vehicle:
- Call 911. Motorists in North Carolina must report any accident resulting in serious bodily injury or death (see North Carolina General Statutes § 20-166.1). If you cannot make the call, the other driver or a bystander should.
- Get Out of Harm’s Way. Unless it is unsafe or a police officer told you to move your motorcycle, leave it where it lies and get yourself out of harm’s way.
- Wait for Help to Arrive. Before you do anything else, you need to have your injuries assessed by paramedics. You may need to be taken directly to the hospital if you are seriously injured.
- Exchange Information with the Driver. If you don’t need urgent medical attention and can stay at the scene, get the driver’s name, contact information, and insurance.
- Talk to Witnesses. If anyone saw the motorcycle accident happen, get their information and ask them what they saw.
- Photograph the Scene. Take pictures of anything that helps establish how and what may have caused the accident. Consider taking photos of any skid marks or lack thereof or any malfunctioning traffic signals.
- Give a Statement to the Police. If a police officer arrives on the scene, provide them with your account of the motorcycle accident. Doing so will satisfy your reporting obligations and aid law enforcement in completing a North Carolina Crash Report.
- See a Doctor as Soon as Possible. Just because you didn’t need to head to the hospital from the scene doesn’t mean you weren’t seriously hurt in the motorcycle accident. Getting checked out right after the accident is wise to ensure you have no hidden injuries.
- Document Everything. Keep any bills, communications from insurance companies, and other paperwork related to the motorcycle accident organized. You should also note what you remember from the accident, your recovery, etc.
- Speak to a Motorcycle Accident Attorney. Our lawyers can determine whether you have a viable claim and take steps immediately to build your case.
Motorcycle accident claims can be complicated. We don’t want you to worry about complex legal issues when trying to heal from serious injuries or grieving the loss of a family member.
The Whitley Law Firm provides clients with wholehearted care. When you hire our firm, we are committed to obtaining the best outcome in your case and providing you with guidance, support, and compassion.
What Is the Motorcycle Helmet Law in Raleigh?
In Raleigh and North Carolina, motorcyclists and their passengers must wear helmets. This is a universal motorcycle helmet law, as it applies to all riders of all ages.
Additionally, North Carolina law requires that motorcycle helmets meet the standards set forth by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 218. The North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV) summarizes these rules as follows:
- The inner liner of the motorcycle helmet should be approximately one inch thick and be made of rigid polystyrene foam.
- The back of the helmet should feature a permanent “DOT” sticker that signifies the helmet meets federal safety standards.
- The helmet’s interior should include a manufacturer’s label that lists the “name or identification, precise model, size, date of manufacture, type of shell and liner construction materials, and an instruction label for cleaning and care of the helmet.”
North Carolina General Statutes § 20-140.4(c) states anyone who violates the helmet law is subject to a fine. Although this might not seem like a substantial enough penalty to make a difference, studies show that universal helmet laws reduce the incidence of serious injuries (especially traumatic brain injuries) and fatalities in motorcycle accidents.
It is important not to assume you don’t have a motorcycle accident claim if you weren’t wearing a helmet. While not wearing a helmet could result in a ticket and worsening injuries in a motorcycle accident, your lack of a motorcycle helmet did not cause the collision itself.
How Long Do Raleigh Motorcycle Accident Claims Take?
Every motorcycle accident claim is unique. Some cases may be resolved within a few months, while others can take a year or more to conclude.
What is crucial to know after a motorcycle accident is how long you have to file a lawsuit. The statute of limitations for a personal injury lawsuit (including those involving motorcycle accidents) is three years (see North Carolina General Statutes § 1-52). Failure to file a lawsuit within this time limit will likely result in your case being barred, leaving you with no recourse to seek compensation.
Several different factors can lead to your motorcycle accident case taking longer to resolve, such as:
- The availability of evidence
- The severity and complexity of your injuries
- Issues of disputed liability
- The willingness of the defense to compensate you fairly
Our Raleigh motorcycle accident lawyers can protect your legal rights, move negotiations with the insurance company forward, and determine when and if it is time to file a lawsuit.
Can You Get PTSD from a Motorcycle Accident?
Motorcycle accidents can take an enormous physical toll on the rider. Severe injuries are common; some motorcyclists even sustain permanent disabilities due to the crash.
The physical effects of a motorcycle accident are pretty well-known. However, the mental and emotional impact is not often discussed. Severely injured riders are likely to suffer from anxiety, depression, and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
PTSD is characterized by intrusive, recurring thoughts of a traumatic experience (such as a motorcycle accident). Symptoms commonly include:
- Flashbacks of the traumatic event
- Distressing dreams in which the person “relives” the experience
- “Triggers” associated with the event (e.g., feelings of fear when thinking about riding a motorcycle)
- Changes in cognition and memory
- Changes in behavior and personality
Any motor vehicle accident can lead to PTSD and other psychological issues. However, the high rate of severe injuries and the lengthy recovery after a motorcycle accident can make motorcyclists who have been in a crash more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress.
You may be entitled to compensation if you were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after a motorcycle accident. This includes economic damages for the cost of treating PTSD (i.e., psychotherapy, medications, etc.) as well as non-economic damages for the feelings of distress and anguish you endure.
The damages associated with PTSD after a motorcycle accident can be challenging to quantify. However, a Raleigh motorcycle accident attorney at the Whitley Law Firm can review your medical records, speak to your doctors, and consult expert witnesses to build a strong claim and pursue the compensation you deserve.
How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents?
The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV) collects annual statistics on all vehicle accidents in the state, including collisions involving motorcycles. According to the North Carolina 2020 Traffic Crash Facts report, there were 3,306 motorcycle accidents state-wide in 2020. That year, motorcycle accidents in North Carolina resulted in 178 fatalities and more than 3,000 injuries.
From 2016 to 2020, the number of motorcycle accidents in Wake County stayed relatively steady. On average, Raleigh and other areas of Wake County see 247 motorcycle accidents yearly. These crashes result in approximately 240 injuries and eight fatalities annually.
Predictably, motorcycle accidents are at their highest in the summer and early fall. Therefore, motorcyclists must take all necessary safety precautions from May to October to reduce the risk of an accident.
Let Our Family Help Your Family
At the Whitley Law Firm, we understand the effects a serious injury can have on your home life and career. Choosing us to work for you means your needs, comfort, and future well-being are placed in our hands. This is an honor and a responsibility we take very seriously. As such, our team will fight for you and your compensation as we would for our own family.
What Whitley Law Firm offers its clients:
- Skilled litigation attorneys
- More than 80 years of combined legal experience
- A free case evaluation
- Representation on a contingency-fee-basis
- Law offices in Raleigh and other parts of the state
During your free consultation, we can provide comprehensive advice and guidance on your next steps. Call or visit us online to get started: (919) 785-5000.