Our Asheville Attorneys Assist Riders Injured in Motorcycle Accidents
Helping motorcyclists throughout the Southeastern United States
Because of our pleasant weather and beautiful scenery, motorcycling in North Carolina and throughout the Southeast region of the United States is popular. Unfortunately, careless and distracted motorists can put you at constant risk of a serious motorcycle crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 168 motorcyclists were killed in North Carolina in 2011 and many more riders sustained permanent injuries.
If you were involved in a motorcycle accident, Hensley Cloninger, P.C. applies 29 years of trial experience to help you get the justice you deserve. We pursue compensation for your personal injuries and the damage done to your bike.
Wearing the right equipment to protect yourself from injuries
North Carolina’s universal helmet laws require all motorcycle riders and passengers to wear a helmet. Complying with this law protects your brain from injury and preserves your legal rights if you are involved in an accident.
In addition to a helmet, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation recommends other important gear for riders, including:
- Face shield and eye protection, which may be part of the helmet
- Gloves that help you control your bike
- Long-sleeved jacket and long pants made of abrasion-resistant material
- Over-ankle boots with good grip for footrests and road
- Colorful, reflective clothing to improve your visibility to motorists
Reasons for motorcycle wrecks
Even if you wear the right equipment and take every precaution, you can still be struck by a reckless driver and suffer severe injuries, including spinal damage, head trauma, road rash, fractures and amputations. Some motorists report not having seen the motorcyclist until it was too late, a problem made worse when distracted drivers take their eyes off the road, their hands off the wheel or their minds off their driving. For this reason, multitasking drivers who use the phone, text, eat, drink, discipline children or read a navigation system present a substantial hazard to even the most careful motorcyclists.
Poor road conditions can affect drivers of any size vehicle, but a motorcyclist is put at even higher risk of accident because of such preventable roadway problems as:
We investigate these potential causes of your wreck to determine whether the municipal or state government is liable.
Recover damages for your injuries and your motorcycle
Let our firm assist you in recovering the compensation you deserve after a motorcycle wreck. Call Hensley Cloninger, P.C. at 828-348-0092 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation to discuss your claim in detail. We can take accident cases throughout the Southeast region — including in North and South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia — through pro hac vice admission.