Riding a motorcycle is a great opportunity to explore an area, and the beautiful scenery of Wake County provides a favorable location for motorcyclists. Its rolling hills and sloping plains offer ideal riding conditions, and many people choose to explore both larger routes and smaller roads outside Raleigh. As many riders know, however, riding a bike and sharing the road with cars and trucks exposes them to a risk of serious injuries. At Nagle & Associates, fellow rider and experienced Wake County motorcycle accident attorney Carl Nagle helps riders who are suffering from injuries following a motorcycle accident.
Carl is a fellow rider, and he personally handles all motorcycle accident cases for his law firm. Mr. Nagle brings his experience as a former insurance claims adjuster and former insurance company lawyer into every case, relying on this inside knowledge to negotiate and litigate on behalf of injured motorcycle riders. His sole focus is on helping people suffering from serious personal injuries following a devastating accident, and our firm has collected over $290,000,000 on behalf of motor vehicle accident victims and their families throughout North Carolina.
Assert Your Rights after a Motorcycle Accident
Motorcyclists who collide with a larger vehicle may suffer catastrophic injuries, ranging from broken bones to brain damage. Under North Carolina law, if another driver’s carelessness causes a collision and related injuries, that driver may be held liable for damages. While motorcycle riders enjoy the open road, they are exposed and more unstable than occupants of a four-wheeled vehicle. With little protection from impact, many riders find themselves physically, emotionally, and financially devastated following a serious collision.
Negligence is a legal term that refers to someone’s failure to act as a reasonable person would have behaved in a similar position. This includes behaving carelessly as well as failing to take steps to avoid posing a risk of foreseeable harm to others. Bringing a personal injury lawsuit based on negligence is often a vital way to secure compensation from a responsible party. The plaintiff, or the injured motorcyclist, could bring a negligence claim against the driver who was at fault.
To successfully prove negligence, the injured plaintiff must show that the defendant breached a duty of care that was owed to him or her and that the breach caused injuries from which damages resulted. A breach of a motorist’s duty of care may be shown through evidence that the defendant driver was texting while at the wheel or erratically changing lanes, among other behavior. Speeding or failing to slow down in a thunderstorm are also examples of conduct that likely will be deemed negligent.
Proving the full extent of the injuries in a motorcycle accident lawsuit is crucial, since it provides the plaintiff with appropriate monetary compensation following the crash. Damages that may be compensated include those that are economic, such as medical and hospital bills, as well as damage to the motorcycle. Non-economic damages that may be compensated often include pain and suffering, as well as loss of consortium. In order to account for the full impact of the accident, it is also important to pursue damages for future pain and suffering, as well as future lost wages and income.
Discuss Your Motorcycle Accident Case with a Wake County Attorney
At Nagle & Associates, we understand the overwhelming sense of loss following a serious collision. Since Wake County motorcycle accident lawyer Carl Nagle focuses on helping people who are suffering from catastrophic injuries, we are ready to address complex litigation matters and to maximize the compensation paid to our clients. Our firm receives a relatively modest share of the recovery in proportion to the overall settlement, with our fee being only 25% of your money award instead of the 33% that most other firms charge. We can be reached by calling (800) 411-1583 or by using our online form to set up a free consultation with a motor vehicle collision attorney.