Motorcycle Hit-and-Run Accident Lawyer in Durham, NC

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Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable on North Carolina roadways. Other drivers are often not on the lookout for motorcycles, while the motorcycle itself does not offer any protection to its rider in a collision. As a result, motorcyclists are at higher risk of catastrophic injuries or even death in a crash. These consequences can be even worse if the at-fault driver flees the scene rather than take responsibility.

If you are injured in a hit-and-run motorcycle accident, you need a motorcycle accident lawyer who can help you navigate the legal process as you focus on your recovery. You need the experienced team at Kreger Brodish LLP. We can review your case and evaluate your options for pursuing the compensation you deserve. Get started today by contacting us for a free case review with a motorcycle hit-and-run accident lawyer in North Carolina.

Hit-and-Run Laws in North Carolina

North Carolina has a “Duty to Stop” law in the event of a motor vehicle collision. If a driver knows or reasonably should know they’ve been involved in a crash, they must immediately stop as close to the scene as safely possible. The driver must also stay with their vehicle until the police complete the investigation of the accident or authorize the driver to leave the scene. If the driver flees the scene, they may be subject to felony charges.

While at the scene of the accident, North Carolina law requires the drivers to exchange their contact information, driver’s license numbers, and license plate numbers. Failure to do so is a Class 1 Misdemeanor.

North Carolina law also requires any driver who hits an unattended vehicle to leave their name, address, driver’s license number, and license plate number in a visible place on the damaged vehicle. If a note is not left, the at-fault driver should send this information by certified mail to the vehicle’s owner and provide a copy to the North Carolina DMV.

Common Injuries Sustained in Hit-and-Run Motorcycle Accidents

Any accident can seriously injure a motorcyclist, regardless of whether the at-fault driver stays at the scene or flees. The National Safety Council (NSC) has found that while motorcycles account for only 0.6 percent of vehicle miles traveled in the United States, motorcyclists make up 4 percent of all occupant injuries and 14 percent of all traffic fatalities. Common injuries include road rash, burns, and broken bones. These injuries could require extensive, expensive medical care.

The NSC also found that not wearing a helmet is a major cause of serious and fatal injuries. Even motorcyclists who survive an accident may be left with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) or spinal cord injuries. These injuries may require lifelong care, the cost of which many people cannot afford.