If a speeding driver crashed into your motorcycle and caused you to be injured, you might be entitled to compensation. DeMayo Law Offices, LLP can represent you in your case and provide the services necessary to achieve your legal goals. We know you’ve been suffering since the collision and want to find a way to recover and get your life back on track. You can depend on us to work tirelessly to resolve your matter so you can move forward once and for all.
Motor vehicle accidents can lead to severe injuries and fatalities. When the victim is on a motorcycle, the aftermath can be catastrophic. Without the protection afforded to the occupants of cars and trucks, motorcyclists must suffer the full impact of a collision with another vehicle. There isn’t a seatbelt keeping you on your bike, so you’ll most likely become airborne and hit the pavement with enough force to sustain debilitating physical injuries.
When speeding is an additional factor in the accident, you could end up with long-term medical problems. You might need ongoing physical therapy or even require at-home assistance with showering, getting dressed, or caring for your children. These medical issues are a significant burden that can lead to stress, psychological damage, and debt. At DeMayo Law Offices, LLP, our Charlotte speeding car motorcycle accident attorneys will fight for the justice and compensation you deserve. Call us at (704) 333-1000 for a free consultation.
Common Injuries Motorcyclists Suffer in Accidents Involving Speeding
When a motorcycle and larger vehicle collide, the biker is likely to suffer more serious physical harm than the occupants of the car. The rider can be ejected from their motorcycle and get run over by a car or land on a sharp object, causing a penetrating injury. Many victims die at the scene from the trauma they experienced in the crash. Others end up with permanent disabilities or impairments limiting their functional capacity.
The most common injuries motorcycle accidents can cause are:
- Loss of limb
- Road rash
- Traumatic brain injury and other head injuries
- Facial scarring or disfigurement
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding
- Crush injuries
- Penetrating injuries
- Paralysis and other spine injuries
- Psychological injuries
If you require future medical treatment long after your case ends, you’ll need the compensation to pay for it so that nothing comes out of your own pocket. DeMayo Law Offices, LLP can investigate and find the evidence to prove whether the other motorist caused the collision that hurt you.
The at-fault (or liable) driver should be held liable for their negligent or reckless actions.
Compensation You Might Be Entitled to Recover
If another driver caused the accident, you could pursue a settlement from their insurance company.
You can seek the compensation you need by filing a claim with the at-fault motorist’s insurance company. Drivers must purchase liability insurance with minimum limits of $30,000 for bodily injury and $25,000 for property damage. When you file your claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company, you could seek the monetary value of your losses, such as:
- Mental anguish
- Medical expenses
- Property damage
- Diminished quality of life
- Lost income
- Loss of future earnings
- Loss of consortium (a claim made by a spouse)
- Physical impairment
- Loss of household services
- Pain and suffering
There’s also a chance you could recover punitive damages on top of your compensatory award if the at-fault motorist engaged in an egregiously wrongful act. A jury awards punitive damages to deter similar conduct in the future.
How to Pursue Compensation from Your Insurance Company
Uninsured and underinsured motorist coverages are additional types of insurance that can help compensate you. In North Carolina, uninsured motorist coverage is required and included with the minimum $30,000 liability coverage. This uninsured motorist coverage might cover you if the at-fault motorist does not have any liability coverage. Additionally, underinsured motorist coverage is an optional add-on coverage that might cover you if the at-fault driver’s coverage limits are not high enough to compensate you.
If you file an Uninsured Motorist coverage claim, you could recover:
- Lost wages and future earnings
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
You could also have optional insurance coverage on your policy that could result in more compensation. Medical Payments (MedPay) pays for any reasonable and necessary medical treatment of your injuries. The most common range for MedPay coverage is from $1,000 to $10,000. It works like health insurance by paying a portion of your medical bills until you exhaust your policy’s limit.
Protect Your Rights to the Available Maximum Compensation
When a person exceeds the speed limit, they’re not considering the safety of other drivers. As a motorcyclist, you probably suffered severe physical injuries and must now face a long road to recovery. You should take two very important steps after an accident, so you get the chance to hold the other driver accountable and secure a financial award.
Contact an experienced Charlotte speeding motorcycle accident to represent you. DeMayo Law Offices, LLP can begin an investigation and gather all the evidence necessary to prove what happened. While we’re working on the legal aspects of your case, you should seek treatment for your injuries.
After your initial hospital visit, follow up with any medical providers the emergency room doctor recommended. That might include a physical therapist, chiropractor, rehab specialist, or surgeon. Attend every appointment until your doctor releases you from their care. Be sure not to stop treatment before you’ve healed. The at-fault driver’s insurance company could use that as evidence that your injury isn’t serious and doesn’t warrant a full settlement amount.
Common Pitfalls You Should Avoid
Just because the other driver was speeding doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll receive the maximum compensation from their insurance company. There must be evidence that they were speeding and your injuries resulted from the accident. Since the insurance company wants to avoid a settlement payout, they will look for reasons to provide a low offer or deny your claim altogether.
While your case is ongoing, don’t make the same mistakes most people make.
- Don’t agree to give the insurance company a recorded statement. They could use your own words against you if you say the wrong thing.
- Don’t sign forms you receive from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Sometimes, claimants will sign documents that give up their right to pursue compensation or seek the maximum coverage amount without even realizing it. Let us review all forms you receive, so we can determine if completing the document is in your best interest.
- Don’t admit fault even if you believe your actions partially contributed to the accident. In North Carolina, contributory negligence law prohibits accident victims from recovering compensation from the at-fault party if they share any percentage of fault.
- Don’t ignore your doctor’s orders. If they refer you for specific treatment plans, you should listen to them. Insurance companies look at medical records and whether the claimant followed their physician’s recommendations. If you choose to skip appointments or stop treatment early, the insurance company will be justified in offering a lower settlement amount or nothing at all.
DeMayo Law Offices, LLP knows how confusing pursuing compensation after a motorcycle accident can be. Many of our clients can’t handle the pressure of overseeing a claim or lawsuit. You shouldn’t be responsible for completing paperwork, keeping track of deadlines, or communicating with the insurance company. We can handle all of that, so you don’t have to.
Contact DeMayo Law Offices, LLP
Our Charlotte speeding motorcycle accident attorneys are available 24/7 to speak with you. You can reach us when you need us the most to get answers to your questions or find out the status of your case. Customer service is of the utmost importance to us. We want our clients to always feel like a priority.
We take cases on contingency, meaning there are no upfront fees or costs. You don’t have to worry about spending additional money while you’re seeking justice. We don’t collect any legal fees unless we secure compensation for you. If we lose your case, you won’t owe us anything.
Michael A. DeMayo is an award-winning Charlotte speeding motorcycle accident attorney. He has earned an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell, a distinction only given to the top attorneys in the country. We also received awards from the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100, and other prestigious organizations.
At DeMayo Law Offices, LLP, we care about the members of our community. We not only provide exceptional legal representation for our clients but also work on making Charlotte and the surrounding areas a safer place. We participate in various community service programs and support many charitable organizations, such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, and St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital.
If you were in a motorcycle accident involving a speeding driver and suffered injuries, contact us immediately. One of our Charlotte speeding motorcycle accident attorneys can meet with you for a free consultation to discuss the details of your case and advise the available options for recovering the maximum compensation you need.
We’re ready to go to battle for you against the insurance company and at-fault driver. You can depend on us to provide the top-notch legal representation you deserve. Call us right now at (704) 333-1000.
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