Many accidents cause serious physical and emotional trauma. Unfortunately, accidents are an unavoidable risk for all motorists. Motorcycle accidents, however, can be especially dangerous and result in serious injuries or even death. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, it is important to reach out to an experienced attorney to help.
At the Tatum Law Firm, we are committed to seeking just compensation for the harm that our clients have suffered. North Carolina and South Carolina motorcycle accident lawyer, Brian Steed Tatum, represents clients and their families throughout both states to ensure that the injured parties or their loved ones receive adequate compensation for the negligence of another driver.
All operators of motor vehicles have a legal duty of care, but there are many more stringent regulations that must be followed for operating a motorcycle. Motorcyclists are exposed to greater danger because they are not protected by their vehicle like a driver in a sedan. Thus, riders should take extra caution in order to try to prevent accidents.
A broadside collision occurs when a car strikes the side of a motorcycle. This type of collisions forms a “T” and can also be known as a “T-bone” accident. Motorcyclists will take the brunt of the blow in a collision with a car, truck, or SUV, because riders lack the safeguards of these larger vehicles. Motorcycles are not designed to shelter the rider from the impact of an accident.
What is especially frightening is that cars, trucks, and SUVs may not see a motorcycle in an intersection, merge ramp, or other high-traffic area because of its smaller size. If a driver is not paying attention or not operating the vehicle with care, he or she can easily miss the motorcycle until it is too late to avoid a collision.
While motorcyclists can maneuver more quickly than other vehicles, drivers who are inattentive pose a huge risk. Riders must take precautions and engage in defensive driving in order to help spot the signs of an inattentive driver. This extra effort helps riders them to avoid accidents that could be life threatening.
Due to the lack of protection that motorcycles provide, motorcycle riders can sustain injuries like brain damage, broken bones, spine injuries, and more. These are life-altering injuries and an injured motorcyclist should be able to hold the driver responsible for the accident liable. Whether in North Carolina or South Carolina, injured riders need an experienced personal injury attorney to help them pursue their claims.
At the Tatum Law Firm, we know that dealing with an accident can be difficult, which is why we are dedicated to compassionately helping our clients. We will investigate your case, talk to the adverse parties, and come up with a plan to pursue a satisfactory resolution. Motorcycle accident attorney Brian Steed Tatum will fight aggressively for your rights in negotiating a settlement or, if necessary, in the courtroom. For further information or assistance, please call us at 704-307-4197 or contact us online for a free initial consultation to determine your rights.