Fatal Motorcycle Accidents

Tragically, many North Carolina motorcycle wrecks result in the death of the motorcyclist.  Statistics indicate that motorcycles account for 10% of the fatalities on North Carolina roads.  Yet, motorcycles represent only about 2% of all vehicles on the road in North Carolina.

So, why so many deaths from motorcycles?  Unfortunately, a majority of the motorcycle deaths are single vehicle accidents.  But close to half of all two vehicle accidents are due to the fault of someone other than the motorcyclist.  As noted by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation – “People driving cars often just don’t see motorcycles.”

When a motorcyclist has been killed in a motorcycle wreck, frequently the motorcyclist is blamed becasue the motorcyclist is unable to tell their side of the story.  The investigating police officer has limited information available and quite often will accept the story of the other driver.  Most certainly, when telling their story the other driver will not accept blame.

If you have a family member who was killed in a motorcycle wreck and the story does not sound right to you, do not give up.  We have frequently hired accident reconstructionists who, upon recreating the accident scene, have discovered that the other driver was truly at fault and not the motorcyclists.  However, it is important to gather evidence from the scene quikcly to prove your case.

If you have lost a family member in a motorcycle wreck and have questions about your family’s rights, call Mike Malone at Hendren & Malone for a free consultation.

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