Overcoming the Obstacles to Recovery After a Hit-and-Run Motorcycle Accident

When temperatures rise in the summer, motorcycles are a common sight on North Carolina roads. For many North Carolina residents, riding a motorcycle is both a pastime and a passion. Riding a motorcycle offers motorcyclists limitless opportunities to use for adventure. However, staying safe while riding a motorcycle can be challenging.

Most people who have completed a motorcycle safety course have heard the age-old adage, ride a motorcycle like everybody else is out to kill you. Driving defensively and staying aware can reduce motorcyclists' risk of being involved in an accident, but some accidents are unavoidable.

After a motorcycle accident, victims may expect to receive reimbursement from the at-fault driver's insurance company. Unfortunately, the driver may leave the accident scene without stopping to exchange contact and insurance information with the motorcyclist. Survivors of a hit-and-run accident may struggle to recover the full and fair compensation they need and deserve to begin rebuilding their lives.

North Carolina’s Hit and Run Laws

To discourage people involved in hit-and-run accidents from fleeing the scene, North Carolina passed a law that states that all drivers involved in a car accident must immediately stop their vehicle and stay inside or nearby until the police complete an investigation. Drivers are also required to exchange personal information and ensure anyone who needs medical attention is seen. Breaking this law and fleeing the sight of a motorcycle accident can result in misdemeanor or felony charges.

Generally, prosecutors charge hit-and-run accidents as a Class 1 misdemeanor when the injuries suffered are minor. the charge is punishable by up to 120 days in jail or criminal fines. The prosecution may pursue felony charges against the hit-and-run driver if the accident resulted in serious bodily injury or death. These charges are punishable by 10 to 41 months in jail, significant fines, and a driver's license suspension.

How to Protect Your Rights After a Hit-and-Run Motorcycle Accident in North Carolina

North Carolina, like most states, uses a fault-based insurance system. Under the system, the person found to be at fault for the collision is generally liable for paying for the victims existing and anticipated accident-related expenses. However, victims can only exercise their rights when everyone involved in the accident abides by the law. abiding by the law includes allowing Insurance negotiations to run their course.

When the at-fault motorist leaves the accident scene without identifying themselves, the injured motorcyclist will be in a difficult situation. They may still be able to recover damages but must be proactive. The injury victim must take action to protect their rights by taking the following steps.

Call 911

Calling 911 should be the first thing you do after a motorcycle hit-and-run accident. The sooner you call the police after a hit-and-run accident, the greater the chance of the police officer tracking down and identifying the hit-and-run driver. When you call 911, explain that you have been in a hit-and-run motorcycle accident, tell them you need immediate medical attention, and give specific details about your location.

Discuss Your Case With the Police

When the police arrive, they will ask you questions about the accident. Try to avoid speculating and only tell them what you know happen for sure. Try giving them as many details as possible about the driver and vehicle that hits you and the way the driver floods. The more details you provide, the greater the likelihood that the officer will be able to track down the hit-and-run driver. At the scene of the accident, it is also crucial that you identify any witnesses present at the time of the accident. Ask if the witnesses will provide you with their contact information. Their statements could be essential and helpful in proving the liability of the outfall driver.

Seek Medical Attention

Even if you physically feel fine after being involved in a hit-and-run accident, it is imperative that you seek medical attention. Not all injuries from car accidents are visible or apparent right after an accident. You will want to receive a medical evaluation as soon as possible. If you are not sure about the severity of your injuries, ask the paramedic who arrives on the scene. You should also schedule an appointment with your primary care physician as soon as possible.

Contact an Attorney

After you receive medical attention, you should contact a motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help you understand your rights and pursue compensation. Do not hesitate to contact the Charlotte accident attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC, to schedule a free case evaluation.

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