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Motorcycle Accidents

A Motorcyclist’s Guide to Protecting Yourself Legally

Motorcyclists share the road with cars and trucks, but motorcyclists carry far more risk. According to the NHTSA, motorcyclists are 29 times more likely to be killed in an accident compared with someone driving or riding in a passenger vehicle. Understanding what you can do to protect yourself before and after an accident can make a massive difference for your safety, financial health, and legal protection. What Can I Do To Protect Myself Before A Motorcycle Crash? The best way to protect yourself from a motorcycle crash is to not get in one. Start by driving responsibly, following speed limits, carefully taking curves,...

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How Are Distracted Driving Accidents Treated in North Carolina?

According to the National Safety Council, auto accidents occur in a split second -- and more than 330,000 people suffer injuries every year as a result of distracted driving accidents. Most states have distracted driving laws to govern fault in these cases, but what you’re allowed varies, such as cell phone laws. North Carolina has some complicated statutes, such as you can receive calls while driving, but you can not text. Understanding what you’re allowed and prohibited from doing can help prevent an accident and enable you to know if another driver was at fault. What Constitutes As Distracted Driving In...

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What Makes a Driver “At-Fault” in North Carolina?

In North Carolina, if your actions contributed even one percent to the overall occurrence of an accident, you're at fault. The State is one of the most severe and unforgiving when it comes to a fault in traffic accidents. North Carolina enforces a "shared fault" or "contributory negligence" rule, which means that no one can claim monetary damages for the accident if more than one party is at fault. How Is Accident Fault Determined In North Carolina? North Carolina's contributory negligence law binds judges and juries when deciding who committed any fault in an accident and how much money a wronged party should...

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Make Sure You Collect This Info At the Scene of a Traffic Accident

The moments following a car accident can cause your heart to start pounding and make you feel panicked to ensure everyone is alright. Despite the anxiety you might be feeling, it’s essential to regain your focus and collect critical information at the scene of your traffic accident to ensure you can receive proper compensation later. What Information Do I Need To Collect At The Scene Of A Traffic Accident? After a car collision occurs, the police or -- and sometimes both -- your insurance company will need to decide who was at fault for the accident. To do this, you’ll need to exchange...

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Have a Plan for Traffic Accident

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Traffic accidents occur instantly and cause damage, financial issues, and even medical issues in the weeks and months to come. Safe driving helps eliminate some risk of traffic accidents, but often car accidents might not even be your fault. Having a plan before an accident occurs will help you handle the stressful and frantic moment better if it occurs. How Do You Know Who Is At Fault In A Traffic Accident? Knowing who caused a traffic accident isn't always clear cut, such as when two drivers merge into a single lane and collide. In general, traffic laws will help determine who was the careless...

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What to Know About Your Responsibility During a Motorcycle Accident

Laws differ slightly during motorcycle accidents than vehicle accidents, so if you regularly ride a motorcycle, it's essential to understand your responsibilities before going for a ride.  A motorcyclist must exercise care when driving, and avoid certain situations, such as lane splitting, to reduce the likelihood of an accident. When Is The Driver Liable In A Motorcycle Accident? When the driver of a motorcycle negligently acts while driving their bike and harms another person, they will be held liable for the accident. The court determines negligence if the driver behaved thoughtlessly or carelessly.  Motorists must drive with care to avoid injuring other bikers, their own passengers,...

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