It was the early morning when you attempted to cross a street in a crosswalk and were hit by a passing truck. You're fortunate to be alive, but you've suffered some life-changing injuries that will take many years to recover from. In your mind, you want the driver to be held responsible, but you're worried that if you say you're getting an attorney, your claim may suddenly seem malicious or like you want more than you're being offered.
If you've been rear-ended in a car accident, the most immediate trauma may be the pain and suffering from any injuries you suffered. You may also have financial worries about your medical bills, lost wages, future earning capacity, damaged property, and other costs.
Any North Carolina resident who has ridden a motorcycle for any length of time probably has a tale or two of a close brush with death. Despite the freedom and sense of adventure they offer riders, motorcycles also hold out the possibility of injury and death because they provide little in the way of protection to riders.
Motorcyclists in Raleigh, North Carolina, understand that the consequences of being involved in an accident while on a motorcycle can be severe. In order to counter those risks, motorcyclists take a number of safety precautions but still, every now and then, a motorcyclist is injured or killed in an accident. One such fatal accident recently occurred in Raleigh.
Residents of Wake County, North Carolina, know that fleeing the scene of a motor accident can have serious consequences, possibly including a prison sentence for the driver of a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run case. It may also lead to a permanent criminal record.
For decades, motorcycle helmet use has been emphasized in North Carolina and around the county. It is recommended by state and safety officials that every biker wear a helmet while riding a bike to minimize injuries when involved in a crash. However, sometimes a biker prefers not to wear a helmet for short distances or for convenience; but, a rider should always keep in mind that accidents can happen anytime and anywhere.
Reckless driving on the roads continues to be a threat in North Carolina. Through various methods, officials remind drivers to drive safely and watch out for others on the roads. However, some drivers still drive negligently. After an accident, some drivers do not even stay at the scene. Negligent driving may cause pedestrians, motorcyclists or occupants of vehicles to suffer, as a recent motorcycle accident indicates.
According to statistics, motorcyclists in the United States are 35 times more likely to be involved in dangerous accidents than passengers in cars. In most motorcycle accidents, including those in the North Carolina area, a head injury is the leading cause of death. And if adequate precautions such as wearing a helmet are not taken, the rider can also suffer other serious injuries to the neck and spine. Statistics say that wearing a helmet can reduce the possibility of a crash fatality by 37 percent.
Many motorcyclists are killed in accidents every year across the United States, and in the North Carolina area, an even larger number of motorcycle riders are seriously injured due to the warmer weather allowing for motorcyclists to travel in the state much longer than others. Although most accidents result in injuries and damages, in accidents involving a motorcycle and another vehicle, it is usually the motorcyclist who is grievously injured rather than the person driving the car, truck or van.