North Carolina Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Even with the use of protective equipment and caution on the road, motorcyclists are at much higher risk of accidents. Despite only 3% of road users being motorcyclists, in 2020 14% of all traffic fatalities were motorcyclists and , 5,579 motorcyclists were killed in road accidents Motorcyclists are at a higher risk for accidents, as well. Motorcycle riding keeps increasing in popularity despite the risks involved.
Riding a motorcycle is an exciting way to explore your surroundings, whether you are a North Carolina resident or just visiting the state. However, while on the road, you’ll have to watch out for drivers of other vehicles. Because motorcycles are significantly smaller than cars, trucks and SUVs, they can often be difficult for other motorists to see, increasing your chances of getting into an accident.
Eddie Spangler, U.S. Army Vietnam Combat Veteran & Motorcyclist
One of our past clients, Eddie, was out for a ride and was rear-ended which knocked him over 100 feet from the impact. Eddie needed surgery and physical therapy on his shoulder and his thumb.
In a motorcycle accident, the chance is much higher that you will sustain significant injuries, as even the best motorcycle gear can only provide limited protection. Not only that, but the other vehicle in the accident will be much larger, increasing the likelihood of injury, or even death. While the other driver’s insurance may cover some of the costs for your medical bills and motorcycle repairs, the insurance company will do everything they can to minimize the amount they have to pay.
Consult a Motorcycle Accident Attorney before the Insurance Company
Here at Nagle & Associates, we highly recommend that you speak with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer before reaching out to the other driver’s insurance company. Insurance companies are notorious for short-changing victims, often offering low-ball settlements right from the start simply to make the problem go away.
When you have a dedicated motorcycle accident attorney working on your behalf, on the other hand, you’ll have the chance to maximize your settlement. Our attorney, Carl Nagle, is a proud motorcyclist himself, so motorcycle accidents are of personal significance to him. What this means for you is that you’ll have an attorney who is passionate about these types of cases due to his decades of riding experience and his fondness for fellow riders.
Rick Mathena, General Contractor and Motorcyclist
Rick was riding his motorcycle down Hwy 86 and was hit by a tractor-trailer that didn’t see him. Rick slid under the trailer and cut a hole all the way through his foot, it was a traumatic experience. He couldn’t work and was unable to get a response from the trucking company’s insurance.
What to Expect from Working with Nagle & Associates
When you first reach out to our firm after a motorcycle accident, we’ll start with a free consultation to discuss your case. We’ll review all of the details of the accident to verify that the other driver was at fault, whether due to negligence, carelessness or some other complication. We’ll answer all of your questions to ensure you understand how the process works before moving forward.
Once we have accepted your case, we’ll advocate for you with the other driver’s insurance company to ensure you get the maximum settlement to which you are entitled. North Carolina is one of the few states in the country that still allows for contributory negligence in auto and motorcycle accident claims. Contributory negligence is a rule which bars plaintiffs from recovering for the negligence of others if they too were in any way negligent in causing the harm. Contributory negligence has been replaced in many states with comparative negligence.
Of course, the other driver’s attorney and insurance company will likely attempt to assign some of the blame to you in an attempt to reduce or eliminate your settlement, but we’ll work hard to ensure they evaluate your case based on the facts, not common stereotypes that motorcyclists are reckless drivers.
Expertise to Maximize Your Motorcycle Accident Settlement
Over the past 20 years, Attorney Carl Nagle and our firm have represented countless injured motorcyclists in our home base of Winston-Salem and throughout North Carolina. As you might expect, motorcycle accidents are most common in areas with heavy traffic, like Raleigh, Charlotte, Asheville, Greensboro and other major cities. However, accidents can happen anywhere and at any time, which is why we represent clients all across the state.
With more than two decades of legal experience, Nagle and the rest of our team know all of the tactics insurance companies employ to try to reduce your settlement. In preparing your case, we’ll anticipate these strategies so that we can overcome them and achieve the largest settlement possible. While we can’t guarantee a particular dollar amount, we can promise you that we will do everything in our power to ensure you collect generous compensation.
In addition to compensation for your medical bills and motorcycle repairs, you are also eligible for additional cash compensation. These payments can be quite significant if you sustained lasting injuries that will require ongoing medical care or if you have lost the use of any limbs or lost them entirely. Mental health can play a role in compensation for your pain and suffering as well, as the aftermath of a severe motorcycle accident can often be traumatizing.
We recognize that this is a difficult time in your life as you recover from your injuries and try to put the pieces of your life back together. When you work with us, we will always be compassionate and caring. As a rider himself, Carl Nagle is uniquely equipped to handle your motorcycle accident case with a personal touch from someone who truly understands what you are going through. We also offer a reduced legal fee of 25%, far less than other lawyers charge in motorcycle accident cases.
Discuss Your Motorcycle Accident with an Attorney Today
We invite you to get in touch with Carl Nagle & Associates, PA right away after you have been in a motorcycle accident. We’ll s provide you with a free case evaluation and consultation as quickly as possible so that we can get things moving along. We will do our best to settle your case out of court to minimize your time commitment and stress level, but you can rest assured that we are not afraid to take your case to court if need be. Call (336) 723-4500 today for your free initial consultation.