No one wants to go to court. Melrose Law gets serious motorcycle cases settled quickly and for fair compensation. Medical bills from motorcycle wrecks can be catastrophic, so the sooner your case is settled, and you can get your bills paid the better. We have been doing this a long time, and we understand the people who enjoy life and love riding motorcycles. Compare our results with other firms, then call us to get your case filed and settled.
Motorcycle accidents are some of the most serious and deadly accidents on the road. When a large car or truck collides with a small bike, the motorcyclist, who is protected only by a helmet and leather gear, can suffer broken bones, a brain injury, road rash and even death.
Helping Motorcycle Wreck Victims
If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle accident or killed due to another person’s negligence, Melrose Law is here to help. With more than 30 years of experience, Mark Melrose and Melrose Law know how to handle these cases. We are intimately familiar with the unique aspects of motorcycle riding. He understands how motorcycle accidents occur and how they could have been avoided. To schedule a free consultation with Asheville motorcycle accident attorney Mark Melrose, call 800-222-2430.
You Have a Right to Be on the Road
North Carolina is a popular destination for motorcyclists. The Tail of the Dragon, Cherokee Indian Reservation and Smoky Mountains attract thousands of riders each year. Though these motorcyclists take the proper safety precautions, unfortunately, other drivers do not always respect their right to be on the road.
“I didn’t see the motorcycle” is the most common excuse given by drivers who collide with bikers. At Melrose Law, this excuse does not hold any weight. We will help you hold these negligent drivers accountable and pursue the maximum amount of compensation available to you under North Carolina law.
Additionally, if the other motorist was uninsured, underinsured, or did not stop or left the scene of the accident, we will help you file a claim for compensation through your uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM) coverage. We can also advise you if you believe that your insurance company is acting in bad faith.
What You Should do after a motorcycle accident
- If you are injured in a motorcycle collision as the result of the negligence of another person, you need to take some basic steps to protect your rights and help preserve the evidence you will need to get full compensation from the other driver’s insurance company. These steps include:
- If you are able, take pictures of your motorcycle, the other vehicle, and the scene of the accident.
- Don’t allow your vehicle to be moved until the police arrive. Moving your vehicle, or allowing others to move it may make accurate accident reconstruction difficult, if not impossible. No one ever gets in trouble for leaving their bike in the roadway after a wreck.
- Don’t give a statement to the at-fault driver’s insurance adjuster. The insurance adjuster for the other driver is not your agent, and is only trying to save the insurance company money, hopefully by putting words in your mouth. Motorcycle accidents are often challenging cases to prove, and the adjuster knows exactly what questions to ask to make it more difficult than necessary to get you the recovery that you are entitled to receive. Don’t give them the chance to harm your claim.
- Get medical treatment at the scene if you are hurt. This is not the time to try to be a hero. Refusal of medical or EMS services will be used by the at-fault driver’s insurance company to argue that you must not have been hurt very badly if you refused treatment.
- Don’t settle your property damage claim on your motorcycle until you have a full set of photographs. Often the visible damage to the vehicles is critical when proving how and why the wreck occurred. If you sign over the title to your vehicle before you hire a lawyer and document the damages, you may have just signed away your most valuable evidence.
- Don’t let eyewitnesses leave the scene before giving a statement to law enforcement. Often the good Samaritans at the scene may be the only way you can prove who was at fault in causing the wreck. This is especially true in motorcycle accidents where the other driver will often accuse the motorcyclist of driving recklessly. Letting a witness leave with a simple “thank you” may be letting your claim leave as well.
- Don’t put anything on Facebook. It is a guarantee that the insurance lawyer will request every posting you have ever made to social media about the case. That midnight post you made when you were mad and in pain may cut the value of your case in half.
- Don’t let the wreck ruin your credit. Pay your medical bills as best you can, or make arrangements with your doctor to make monthly payments. A lawyer can often help you hold off your creditors until your case is settled. Just because you will eventually collect your damages from the at-fault driver doesn’t mean your doctor has to wait to get paid. The auto insurance company won’t make partial payments, and doesn’t care if your credit gets ruined.
Contact Melrose Law for a Free Case Evaluation
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact Mark Melrose and Melrose law for a free case evaluation. To get the compenstation you deserve for your injuries, you need an expericenced trial attorney to represent your best interests. At Melrose law, we are dedicated to getting the best result possible for you and your loved ones. To schedule a free case review call 800- 222-2430. Feel free to contact us online. We have law offices in Asheville and Waynesville to better serve your needs.