According to fellow motorcycle rider Carl Nagle, “far too many motorcycle accident happen because other drivers simply don’t bother to look for us”. The most common type of motorcycle/auto collision is a failure to yield, where a driver turns directly across the rider’s path. Motorcycle accidents that stem from a car’s improper U-turn often lead to serious injuries for the motorcycle rider. Raleigh motorcycle accident lawyer Carl Nagle provides aggressive legal representation to all motorcycle riders hurt in a crash. As a motorcyclist himself, Mr. Nagle understands the distinctive aspects of these collisions. Before focusing solely on victim advocacy, he worked as an insurance claims adjuster and an insurance company lawyer, and he brings this insurance industry insight into every motorcycle injury case. If you have been struck by a careless driver, Mr. Nagle and his team at Nagle & Associates can help seek compensation for your injuries and costs. We have helped clients throughout North Carolina, including in Asheville, Wilmington, and Winston-Salem. Our law firm focuses solely on motor vehicle collision cases, and we have a strong record of success on behalf of our clients.Seeking Damages from a Careless Driver for Injuries Caused by a U-Turn Accident
While it may be an ordinary driving occurrence, completing a U-turn is often a dangerous maneuver and a common cause of collisions. A driver executing a U-turn must ensure that there is a lull in oncoming traffic and is then required to accelerate and merge with traffic. When a driver negligently causes a motorcycle collision while executing a U-turn, they may be held legally responsible for any resulting injuries.
In a crash involving a U-turn, the circumstances surrounding the maneuver determine who should be held legally responsible. When a driver makes a U-turn from a turn lane designated as “no U-Turn,” for example, a statute has been violated. This is usually evidence of negligence per se. The defendant driver would be presumed to have been negligent because their conduct violated the law.
In other situations, such as when a driver attempts a U-turn from the wrong lane or without enough warning, the court may look at whether the injured motorcycle rider has proven the elements of a negligence claim. Negligence is a legal theory that requires proof of a duty of care, a breach of this duty, causation, and damages. A motorist executing a U-turn will be held to a certain standard of care and owe a duty to others on the road to avoid causing needless harm. A driver who makes a U-turn from another lane, for example, without making sure the lane is clear may be deemed negligent if their conduct directly results in a collision.
Injured riders may be able to collect many types of damages, including the lost earnings that they would have earned had they not been hurt. Seriously injured victims may also suffer pain, mental anguish, and anxiety, legally known as “non-economic” forms of harm. As plaintiffs in a personal injury lawsuit, victims and their families may pursue compensation for these damages as well.Discuss Your Motorcycle Accident Claim with a Raleigh Lawyer
Accident victims and their families have a legal right to collect money damages for all past and future medical care costs, lost income, other out-of-pocket losses, and additional tax free payment for pain, suffering and lost quality-of-life. At Nagle & Associates, Raleigh motorcycle accident attorney Carl Nagle helps injured people by providing personalized attention and comprehensive legal representation. As evidence of our commitment to our clients’ financial interests, we charge a reduced legal fee. If we reach a settlement, our firm charges 25% of this amount, compared to the 33% charged by many other firms. For cases that are litigated and tried, our fee is 33%, compared to the 40-44% that most firms charge. Our fee is paid only at the conclusion of your case, and we receive a fee only if and when we collect money for you. You pay nothing up front to retain our firm, and we can even come and meet with you at your home or workplace if a visit to one of our offices is currently inconvenient. Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible for you and your family. With seven offices throughout the state, we have have helped motorcycle accident victims in Asheville, Wilmington, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Hickory, and Charlotte, as well as other communities throughout Mecklenburg, Forsyth, Wake, Guilford, Durham, Brunswick, New Hanover, Cumberland, and Catawba Counties. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney at our office can provide a free case evaluation and free legal consultation. Please call us today at (800) 411-1583 or fill out our online form to share your story with Carl Nagle.