Riding along the Blue Ridge Parkway or cruising up Hanging Rock Run on a crisp fall day can be exhilarating – the local landscape provides for some scenic rides. However, North Carolina also has one of the highest motorcycle fatality rates in the U.S.
There were over 4,200 North Carolina motorcycle accidents in 2011 and nearly 4,000 injuries that resulted, according to the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT). Sadly, more than 140 lost their lives in a NC motorcycle crash that year.
Crashes involving motorcycles can be devastating, especially for the biker. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a Winston-Salem motorcycle accident, you could be entitled to compensation. At Lewis & Keller, formerly Mike Lewis Attorneys, we understand the hardship that can come with recovering from a bike crash, and we’re here to help. You deserve to know your legal options.
Winston-Salem & Forsyth County Motorcycle Crash Stats
Winston-Salem may be biker-friendly, but there’s always a risk for accidents when you’re sharing the road with other vehicles. When it comes to our roads, Winston-Salem is the 17th most dangerous city in North Carolina, according to the NCDOT.
Some NCDOT stats on motorcycle accidents in Forsyth County include:
- 119 total motorcycle crashes in 2011
- 107 injuries in 2011
- 2 killed in 2011
- 103 average crashes per year, with 95 injuries and 4 deaths
In 2011, Forsyth County was ranked 86th in crash rates by the NCDOT, based on factors including reported crashes and crash rates based on population, as well as other data.
Injuries Caused in Motorcycle Accidents
It’s no secret that motorcycles are hard for other motorists to see and don’t offer much in the way of protection. Unfortunately, this lack of protection can make injuries in a motorcycle collision more serious than they may have been if the victim had been in a passenger car.
Some of the injuries sustained by bikers include:
- Road Rash
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Back and Neck Trauma
- Brain Damage
- Spinal Cord Trauma
These are just a few of the potential injuries that a biker can suffer. Sadly, many bikers are ejected from their motorcycle in a wreck, and though a helmet can be essential in lessening the severity of injuries, can’t always save a biker’s life. Impact with the road, sidewalks or another vehicle has the potential to end in wrongful death.
If you were hurt or someone you love was killed while riding a motorcycle because of another party’s negligence, you deserve to know your legal options. A skilled Winston-Salem motorcycle accident lawyer can give you the legal advice you deserve. If you decide to retain counsel, an attorney can offer the guidance and support you need through this trying time.
How Our Attorneys Can Help
The aftermath of an accident can be a difficult time for many reasons. Not only are you trying to recover from the emotional and physical consequences of your accident, suddenly there is a mountain of paperwork, a seemingly unending chain of medical appointments and new bills arrive in the mailbox every day. Trying to manage all of this while you are trying to heal can be challenging. A lawyer can help ease some of the burden.
If we take your case, you can expect our dedication and support, as well as the quality representation we are known for. Our process for each client includes several steps.
We begin each new case by collecting several documents, including:
- Medical reports from healthcare staff
- Medical billing records
- Estimates for any property damage
- Estimates for the costs of future medical care
This step, called ‘discovery’, can take several weeks or even months. This all depends on the number of medical entities that are involved and whether they release records in a timely manner. Another factor is your injuries and recovery. If extensive therapies are needed, it may take some time before your doctors can assess the extent of your injuries and the future costs of your care.
Following discovery, we often present a proposal for settlement to the offending parties. If the negligent parties are unwilling to offer a fair settlement, we will then file a lawsuit on your behalf. Your claim will go to trial if the defendants will not settle.
Contact Our Winston-Salem Motorcycle Accident Law Firm
Many of the injuries that result from motorcycle collisions can be life-changing. At Lewis & Keller, formerly Mike Lewis Attorneys, we believe in fighting for justice for you. If you have been injured in a Winston-Salem motorcycle accident, you could be eligible for compensation. We can help give you the legal guidance you need to pursue the right course of action for you and your situation.
We are proud to serve the Piedmont Triad region through our Winston-Salem office, and accept clients in the following Winston-Salem neighborhoods:
- Downtown Winston-Salem
- West End
- Washington Park
- Wake Forest
- Old Salem
- City View
- Country Club
- Garden View
- …and the greater Winston-Salem area