Broadside collisions refer to accidents that take place when one vehicle strikes another vehicle at a right angle. Motorcyclists are likely to suffer serious injuries in broadside collisions because we have no protection to separate the rider from the other vehicle involved in the collision. At Nagle & Associates, motorcyclists and their families who are suffering in the devastating aftermath of a broadside collision can receive legal guidance and representation from Raleigh motorcycle accident lawyer Carl Nagle. Carl has over 30 years of personal riding experience, and he remains personally involved in every motorcycle accident case for his firm’s clients. Prior to founding our firm, Mr. Nagle worked as an insurance defense attorney and also as an insurance claims adjuster. This experience provided him with a clear understanding of insurance defense tactics, strengthening our ability to maximize the cash compensation paid for our clients’ personal injury claims. Our firm has seven offices across the state, and Nagle & Associates represents motorcycle accident victims throughout North Carolina, including people in the areas around Asheville, Wilmington, and Winston-Salem.Bringing a Negligence Claim after a Broadside Collision
Following a motorcycle accident, the injured rider may pursue a personal injury claim to seek full payment for all medical costs, property damage, lost income, pain and suffering, and all other damages resulting from the collision. To collect from another driver, the injury victim has the legal burden to prove collision fault, and to come forward with evidence to show that other drivers’ errors were the cause of the subject collision.
Proving fault after a broadside collision may be complicated if the victim’s own conduct may have partially contributed to the accident. North Carolina allows defendants to deny all claims and avoid legal liability if they can prove that the victim was even just slightly at fault and responsible for causing the accident and the resulting injuries. This rule of law, called “pure contributory negligence”, may produce unfair outcomes because the victim is unable to secure any compensation even though the defendant was largely responsible for the motorcycle accident.
Once liability is proven in a personal injury lawsuit, a successful plaintiff may recover money damages from the responsible party. Damages is a legal term which refers to the individual types of claims which can be collected for following a motorcycle accident. The types of collectable damages include past and future medical treatment costs, lost income, reduction of future earning ability, property damage, and cash compensation for pain, suffering, scarring and the overall loss of enjoyment of life.
Punitive damages may be appropriate if the defendant’s misconduct was intentional or willful. This form of compensation is designed to punish individuals or entities for socially reprehensible conduct. For example, in a broadside collision caused by a repeat-offender drunk driver, the victim should be able to collect additional compensation through a punitive damage claim.Enlist a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in the Raleigh Area
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle accident, the dedicated team at Nagle & Associates can help you assert your right to compensation to the fullest extent. Raleigh motorcycle accident attorney Carl Nagle serves people throughout the state from seven office locations. Nagle & Associates has helped injured individuals in Wilmington, Asheville, Winston-Salem, Hickory, Greensboro, Charlotte, and other cities throughout Wake, Forsyth, Guilford, Durham, Brunswick, Mecklenburg, New Hanover, Catawba, and Cumberland Counties. We understand that victims and their families are often concerned about the value of their legal claim. Injuries create financial burdens as well as severe emotional suffering and physical pain. It is our goal to maximize compensation on behalf of our clients. For this reason, we request a relatively modest fee for our legal services, charging only 25% or 1/4 of the settlements that clients accept compared to the 33% or 1/3 charged by other firms. Contact our office for a free consultation with a fellow rider and experienced motor vehicle collision attorney by calling (800) 411-1583 or completing our online form today.