Motorcycle Accident FAQ
North & South Carolina Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
From your state’s helmet laws to the steps you should take after a motorcycle accident, understanding this subject can not only help you avoid an accident in the first place but can help you take the right steps if you or someone you love has been injured. Our North and South Carolina motorcycle accident attorneys have compiled some frequently asked questions to offer helpful information regarding these serious cases.
We welcome you to review these and also to contact our firm at any time, day or night, to talk to a knowledgeable professional about your case. At Crumley Roberts, we take your concerns to heart.
What should I do after a motorcycle accident?
By law, you are required to exchange insurance and contact information with the other driver. You should also seek medical attention immediately, even if you feel that you are not seriously injured. Some motorcycle accident injuries may not be immediately apparent. If left untreated, these injuries can worsen and even cause permanent damage, so we encourage you to seek medical treatment even if you don’t feel injured.
We also recommend getting the contact information of any witnesses, taking pictures at the scene, and taking notes. This information can prove useful later on. If you were seriously injured, calling an attorney is also beneficial. Recovering a fair settlement can be difficult, but a skilled lawyer can represent your interests to seek maximum compensation.
What are some common motorcycle injuries?
A motorcyclist may be at risk of experiencing the following injuries in an accident: road rash, head trauma, spinal cord injuries, amputation, internal organ damage, leg and foot injuries, broken bones, and facial trauma. The type and severity of injury will vary depending on the speed of collision, location of impact, safety gear the motorcyclist was wearing, and more.
What are North and South Carolina’s helmet laws?
In North Carolina, all motorcycle riders and passengers are required to wear helmets approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). In South Carolina, riders under the age of 21 are required to wear helmets approved by the Department of Highways and Public Transportation, complete with neck or chin straps and reflective surfaces on both sides.
How can you determine fault in a motorcycle accident?
Determining the cause of a motorcycle accident can be complex. We often work with accident reconstruction specialists and investigators to recreate the collision, determining its cause or causes. Physical evidence and witness testimony can help us accurately reconstruct a motorcycle accident.
What can I do if a road hazard caused my accident?
Some motorcycle accidents are not caused by driver or rider negligence but by road hazards. For a motorcyclist, a large pothole or debris in the road may cause a serious accident. In these cases, the municipality or other government entity responsible for road design and maintenance may be held accountable.
For help with a motorcycle accident case in North or South Carolina, please call our firm at (866) 691-0607.