Navigating the Rise in Motorcycle Accidents in North Carolina

The allure of the open road has led to an unprecedented increase in motorcycle riding in North Carolina, mirroring a nationwide trend. However, this surge in popularity comes with a significant uptick in motorcycle accidents, marking a concerning rise in both fatalities and injuries among motorcyclists.

The Startling Statistics Surrounding Motorcycle Crashes

In 2021, the National Safety Council (NSC) reported an 8% increase in motorcycle accidents from the previous year, highlighting a growing concern for riders' safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) further underscored this issue, noting that 5,932 motorcyclists lost their lives in 2021, constituting 14% of all traffic fatalities. Additionally, 82,686 riders sustained injuries, emphasizing the urgent need for awareness and preventive measures.

North Carolina's statistics reflect this national trend, with a 14.8% increase in motorcyclist fatalities and a 6% rise in injuries from 2020 to 2021. These figures translate to 202 lives lost and 2,972 individuals injured, underscoring the critical nature of motorcycle safety in the state.

Understanding the Risks

Motorcyclists face heightened vulnerability on the road due to their vehicle's smaller size and lower visibility. This vulnerability often results in severe injuries, necessitating extensive medical care and imposing significant financial burdens on the victims and their families. Common injuries include broken bones, spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries, and severe psychological impacts such as PTSD.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Visibility, or the lack thereof, stands as the primary cause of motorcycle accidents. Motorcycles' compact size makes them less noticeable to other drivers, leading to dangerous situations like left-turn accidents and lane changes collisions. Other contributing factors include distracted or intoxicated driving and tailgating.

The Legal Landscape in North Carolina

North Carolina's adherence to the pure contributory negligence rule presents a unique challenge for motorcyclists seeking compensation. This rule bars recovery if the victim's negligence contributed in any way to the accident, making it imperative for injured riders to seek skilled legal representation.

The Role of Experienced Legal Representation

At DeMent Askew & Johnson, our Raleigh-based team specializes in representing motorcycle accident victims. With over 40 years of experience, our attorneys understand the nuances of motorcycle accident claims in North Carolina. We are committed to advocating for our clients, ensuring they receive the compensation they deserve for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Why Choose DeMent Askew & Johnson?

Our firm's extensive experience in personal injury law, combined with a deep understanding of the challenges faced by motorcyclists, positions us as a formidable ally for those impacted by motorcycle accidents. We recognize the profound effects these accidents can have on individuals and their families and are dedicated to securing the justice and compensation our clients need to recover and rebuild.

If you or a loved one has been affected by a motorcycle accident in North Carolina, it's crucial to have a knowledgeable and aggressive legal team on your side. DeMent Askew & Johnson is here to provide the support and representation you need during this challenging time.

For a comprehensive case evaluation and to learn more about how we can assist you, contact us at 919-833-5555. Let us help you navigate the legal process and fight for your rights and recovery.

We are now DeMent Askew Johnson & Marshall

(919) 833-5555

We are now DeMent Askew Johnson & Marshall

RALEIGH | MOREHEAD CITY

919-833-5555

Contact Us

Motorcycle Accident Attorney | Personal Injury Lawyers | DeMent Askew Johnson & Marshall

VEHICLE CRASHES

Get our PDF Tip Sheet:
"Guide to Automobile Accidents in North Carolina"

PROVEN TRIAL SUCCESS

Part-Time Student and Restaurant Worker Attacked by Two Pit Bulls While Mowing Grass Receives $101,000.00 Settlement After Extensive Litigation Including Separate Lawsuit Regarding Insurance Coverage

On a summer afternoon, Mr. Johnson’s client was mowing the lawn at the residence of a friend house in Raleigh. The property line running along the back of where he was mowing the lawn runs alongside and is adjacent to the back of the yard of a house which was being kept two Pit Bull…

More on this ...

Nurse at Local Hospital Involved in Automobile Collision Receives $300,000.00 Settlement After Extensive Litigation

Mr. Johnson’s client was driving north on Capital Blvd., approaching the intersection with Wake Union Church Road. The Defendant was driving south on Capital Blvd in a large SUV owned by a local landscaping company. As our client approached the intersection, the traffic light for her direction of traffic was emitting a steady green light.…

More on this ...

Estate of Elderly Mother of Three That Suffered Through Negligent Care at a Nursing Home Resulting in Death Receives Large Confidential Settlement

The deceased was a resident of a North Carolina nursing home. She had recently been sent to a local hospital for an unrelated illness and was recovering well from this prior illness. During this recovery period, she developed an ulcerous wound in and around her sacrum. The nursing home staff failed to timely detect the…

More on this ...

North Carolina Crime Lab Firearms Examiner Wins 9 Million Dollar Verdict in 3 ½ Week Long Libel Jury Trial Against the News and Observer

9 Million Dollar Verdict is Top Verdict in North Carolina for 2016 as Reported by Lawyers Weekly! Attorney: James Johnson, Dement Askew Date of Verdict: October 2016 In 2006, North Carolina expert firearms examiner Beth Desmond was asked to examine some bullet fragments and shell casings from a homicide crime scene. The incident occurred in…

More on this ...

NC COURT OF APPEALS AFFIRMS MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR JURY VERDICT AGAINST THE RALEIGH N&O

In a unanimous opinion filed on December 18, 2018, a three-judge Court of Appeals panel affirmed the $6.12 Million Dollar jury verdict Mr. Johnson and associate Chynna Smith won on behalf of their client, a former state firearms examiner, Beth Desmond, in her libel case against the Raleigh News & Observer and reporter Mandy Locke.…

More on this ...

Man Moving from Georgia to West Virginia to be Closer to Family Hit by 18-Wheeler in North Carolina Receives $140,000.00 Settlement After Extensive Litigation

Mr. Johnson’s client was driving a Dodge pick-up truck northeasterly on the on-ramp for traffic exiting off of I-485 and onto I-77 north in Charlotte. He was in the process of moving from Georgia to West Virginia and was pulling a U-Haul trailer. He had a full load in the bed of his truck. One…

More on this ...

Long-time Sales Associate at Plumbing and HVAC Supply Company Receives Confidential Settlement as a Result of Medical Malpractice

DeMent Askew Johnson & Marshall’s client was in his yard filling a birdfeeder with birdseed when he fell and twisted his left leg in an awkward position. He immediately heard a crack and saw that his left ankle was turned in an awkward position. His wife called 911. EMS arrived and transported him to a…

More on this ...

Stroke Victim Resident of a Nursing Home that Was Raped by Co-Resident Receives Large Confidential Settlement

DeMent Askew’s client had suffered a stroke years ago. She could not speak as a result of the stroke, and she was also confined to a wheelchair. However, she was still very sharp mentally. She was residing in a nursing home because of her physical limitations. One day, a new resident appeared in the nursing…

More on this ...

Single Mother on Her Way to Work Hit by Pick-Up Truck Running a Red Light Receives $122,500.00 Settlement Just Before Trial

DeMent Askew Johnson & Marshall’s client was driving south on Lake Wheeler Road in Raleigh on her way to work. She was approaching the intersection with Centennial Parkway and was intending to travel straight through the intersection. At the same time, the Defendant was driving a large pick-up truck traveling in a northerly direction on…

More on this ...