Our Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Albemarle Will Fight to Win Your Best Possible Settlement

Albemarle Motorcycle Accident Trial Lawyers

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Motorcycle riders in Albemarle are defenseless against a distracted or negligent driver of another vehicle that crashes into them or causes a rider to lay down their bike in an accident. Motorcycle accidents cause painful injuries that can lead to long-term scarring, emotional trauma, disabilities, mental suffering, and PTSD. Motorcycle riders commonly experience a long recovery period and, unfortunately, some die after a serious accident. These emotional and physical injuries can have a profound effect on every aspect of a victim’s life, from their ability to work and support themselves or their family, to their relationships and emotional health.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be wondering how you can get the compensation you need now and in the future. Our priority is your well-being and ensuring that you are fairly compensated for your injuries. We will always take the time to explain the legal process and give you an understanding of your options. Take advantage of our free consultation and contact our Albemarle, NC, motorcycle accident lawyers to see how we can help. As we get to know you, you can ask us about our qualifications and find out if we are the right law firm for you.

Motorcycle accidents can be extremely serious, often resulting in catastrophic injuries or even death. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, contact our motorcycle accident lawyers in Albemarle, NC to help put you on the road to recovery. Call (704) 377-3770 today.

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Why Choose Sumwalt Anderson as Your Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Albemarle?

“Surpass expectations, deliver on promises, and strive for the best outcome.”

When you’re injured, you need results – At Sumwalt Anderson, we understand our client’s challenges after a motorcycle accident. Our motorcycle accident lawyers in Albemarle, NC, have achieved favorable results totaling over $80 million in awards, settlements, and trial verdicts, including a recent motorcycle accident case where we recovered $950,000 in an underinsured motorist claim (UIM). As a testament to our commitment to clients, our attorneys have been recognized for client excellence and the following professional honors:

  • North Carolina State Bar Board-Certified Specialist
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Lawyer of the Year
  • SuperLawyers® (2007 – present)
  • Top 10 Lawyers in North Carolina
  • Martindale-Hubble® Peer Review Rating of AV Preeminent.

We are honored to have received these awards and distinctions, and we will continue to work hard to provide the best possible legal services to our clients.

Influential Trial Lawyers – At Sumwalt Anderson, our motorcycle accident attorneys in Albemarle have a long and successful history of handling appellate cases. We know how to fight for our clients, and we have the skills and experience necessary to take a case all the way to the North Carolina Supreme Court if that’s what it takes to get a favorable outcome. Appellate cases are less common than other kinds of cases, but they can have a big impact on how future cases are decided, and even on legislation. Our attorneys have made a real difference not only in the lives of our clients but also in the rules governing other areas of the law in North Carolina. Even though we have helped change the law in North Carolina, we did it for our clients. We are committed to fighting for our clients and getting them the best possible outcome in their case.

Injured motorcycle riders have rights – Most motorcycle owners ride responsibly, but unfortunately, avoidable accidents injure and kill thousands of motorcycle riders every year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle riders are about 28 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a traffic accident and 4 times more likely to be injured. Given the high rate of motorcycle accidents and injuries, it’s not surprising that many riders find themselves in lawsuits, fighting for compensation from an insurance company or another culpable party. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney can help riders in court by investigating the accident, gathering evidence, and negotiating with the insurance company on their behalf. In addition, our attorneys can help riders understand their rights and options and make sure that they are treated fairly by the legal system.

Your motorcycle accident attorney should be affordable – When it comes to hiring an Albemarle, NC, motorcycle accident lawyer, affordability is an important factor to consider. While you want to be able to get the best possible legal representation, you also don’t want to end up in debt. Sumwalt Anderson takes motorcycle accident cases on a contingency basis, which means we don’t get paid unless you win your case – and even then our fee will be a percentage of the total recovery, so you won’t have to worry about writing us a big check when your case concludes. We take care of all the expenses, even if your case goes to trial. There are no out-of-pocket costs to you, ever. Our contingency fee arrangement lets you get the legal help you need without having to worry about how you’re going to pay for it.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a motorcycle accident, contact us to find out how we can help. We will fight hard to ensure that you receive the best possible settlement. Call (704) 377-3770 today.

Trust Our Albemarle Motorcycle Accident Lawyers to Defend Your Rights

We Understand Your Challenges, And We Will Help You Recover Your Losses

Because the motorcycle is smaller and less protected than a passenger vehicle or truck, it may seem like the motorcycle rider should always be the victim and have a clear path to winning their accident case. However, just because you suffered injuries while riding your motorcycle, that does not guarantee that you will win your case automatically.

No two motorcycle accidents are the same. Depending on the circumstances, how the crash happened and who was at fault for the accident can make for a complex investigation. Insurance companies will rarely just cut a check for the policy limits as soon as they find out about the accident. Moreover, the other person’s insurance company may not accept 100% liability at first and could try to introduce evidence that shows that you were partially at fault for the motorcycle crash, which would negate your chance to receive a settlement in North Carolina. If this is the case, you will need to defend your rights to seek compensation. Our Albemarle motorcycle accident lawyers are ready to work on your behalf to introduce evidence that shows you were not at fault for the accident and that the sole cause of the accident was another driver or a defective condition of the road.

Our Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Albemarle Will Start by Proving Who Caused the Accident

Before we can win your motorcycle accident claim against another driver, we have to show that the other driver caused the accident through negligent or reckless actions. We will thoroughly investigate the accident to show that you did nothing wrong and that the other driver is entirely at fault. Some of the methods our Albemarle motorcycle accident lawyers may use to show that someone else is at fault for the accident include the following:

  • Reviewing police reports and traffic tickets issued
  • Studying the accident scene
  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Reviewing any video of the crash
  • Discussing the cause of your injuries with your doctor
  • Consulting with an accident recreation expert.

This behind-the-scenes effort on our part is important, especially when the insurance company is trying to blame you for the crash to reduce its liability and avoid paying you anything. Our investigative work is one of the keys to helping you avoid these potential setbacks to your claim.

We Will Seek a Fair Financial Judgment for You in a Few Different Areas

The following are the types of compensation you can recover in a motorcycle accident:

  • Medical bills: You are entitled to receive reimbursement for your medical costs related to the injuries you suffered in the accident, including emergency care, surgeries, physical therapy, prescriptions, transportation costs, and other medical expenses. We will seek compensation for your actual medical costs up to the time you agree to the settlement, as well as any medical costs you will have in the future.
  • Lost wages: If you cannot work because of the injuries you suffered in the motorcycle crash, you can receive an award that reimburses you for any lost income. If you cannot work in the future, have to work fewer hours, or will need to switch careers because of the accident, a calculation of the amount of future lost income will be part of the settlement as well.
  • Pain and suffering: The pain and suffering as a result of the motorcycle crash can include payments for things like reduced quality of life, disfiguring or disabling injuries, emotional trauma, nightmares, depression, and an inability to participate in the activities you enjoyed before the accident. Since pain and suffering is a non-economic loss, the experienced team of motorcycle accident lawyers in Albemarle, NC, can provide a significant benefit to you when negotiating compensation.

How Much Could My Albemarle Motorcycle Crash Award Be Worth?

Our Albemarle, NC, Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Will Seek the Settlement You Need and Deserve

Motorcycle crash settlements involving negligence typically range from four figures to eight figures. The value of your compensation will depend on the particular facts in your case. If you suffer severe injuries that leave you with disfigurement, unable to work, or unable to enjoy life in the same way you did before the crash, you could be awarded more money. If you can return to work and lead a normal life within a few days after the crash, then your settlement may involve a smaller award.

Due to the uniqueness of motorcycle accidents, our Albemarle motorcycle accident lawyers cannot guarantee that you will win a certain amount in your claim. After you hire us and we have a chance to review the facts of your accident, we can give you an estimate of the amount you could be awarded. Moreover, it is unethical for any attorney to guarantee an amount or promise a certain outcome in a motorcycle accident case.

We are not afraid to take on powerful opponents, and we have the resources and the tenacity to see even the most challenging cases through to completion. Contact one of our motorcycle accident lawyers in Albemarle, NC, at (704) 377-3770 today.

Our Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in Albemarle Answer Frequently Asked Questions

Our clients often are going through the process of filing a motorcycle injury claim for the first time when they hire us. Filing a claim can be a confusing process. Our motorcycle accident attorneys in Albemarle are available to our clients to answer questions and discuss their cases. Some of the most common questions we hear include the following:

Do I need to hire an Albemarle motorcycle accident lawyer after my accident?

The decision to hire representation after your crash primarily depends on your situation. If your injuries require weeks of care, and you are suffering in pain, it is a good idea to consult with a motorcycle lawyer in Albemarle, NC, to review your rights and options.

Will you guarantee that I will win my motorcycle crash settlement?

Any attorney who guarantees that you will win your case is not being truthful with you. No one can control what a jury or a judge will decide should your case go to court. All we can control and guarantee to you is that we will work our hardest and do everything we can to try to win the fairest, maximum award for your claim. Our Albemarle, NC, motorcycle accident attorneys have decades of collective experience representing victims. We use that experience to deliver outstanding representation for our clients. Our level of preparation and professionalism often leads to the outcomes our clients are seeking, but there is no guarantee.

Will my motorcycle accident claim go to trial?

Many personal injury claims, including those resulting from a motorcycle crash, settle during the negotiation phase. Our motorcycle accident attorneys in Albemarle, NC, will handle the negotiations with the insurance company for you. If we can come to a fair settlement amount during negotiations, there wouldn’t be a need to go to trial. However, if the insurer refuses to treat your claim fairly, you and our team will work together to determine if going to trial is the best option.

What if I was not wearing a motorcycle helmet during the crash?

In North Carolina, the state’s contributory negligence law (statute § 1-139) means that you will struggle to recover any damages if the insurance company can show that your negligence played any role in the crash or your injuries.

How long do I have to file a personal injury claim after my motorcycle crash in North Carolina?

North Carolina statute § 1-52 gives victims of motorcycle crashes up to three years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. Our team will make sure that your claim meets all of the rules in the state, including fitting within the three-year statute of limitations.

What are some common causes of motorcycle accidents in North Carolina?

In North Carolina, some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted drivers
  • Road debris
  • Failure to yield the right of way
  • Defective roads
  • Impaired or intoxicated drivers
  • Mechanical issues
  • Bad weather.

Attorney Richard Anderson

Richard “Rick” Anderson is a native Charlottean. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1990 and his Juris Doctorate law degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law in 1993. Rick focuses his practice on workers’ compensation, medical negligence, and catastrophic personal injury cases. You will find Rick to be an honest and dedicated advocate ready to fight for his clients. When he accepts your case, Rick makes a personal commitment to you and uses his 27 years of knowledge and experience to advance your lawsuit to achieve a successful outcome. [ Attorney Bio ]

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    Once you choose to hire our Albemarle motorcycle accident lawyers, we will be ready to begin working on your case immediately. We will take over the negotiations and discussions with the insurance company for you. This gives you more time to focus on your recovery. We will keep you informed every step of the way, and we promise to return phone calls and emails within 24 business hours. Although we provide advice and guidance on how we think your claim should proceed, the final decision on each step we take will be yours.

    A Word From The Albemarle, NC, Motorcycle Accident Lawyers at Sumwalt Anderson

    Clients and Law Firms Rely on Results from Sumwalt Anderson

    Recovery from a motorcycle accident can be long and difficult, both physically and emotionally. The pain that injured motorcycle riders endure is significant, and the mental suffering that many of them go through can be incredibly debilitating.

    We understand why it’s important for a law firm to show that they care about the mental and physical well-being of their clients by regularly checking up on them and their progress and, in the end, getting the best possible outcome.

    Our team has significant experience in personal injury and accident law. When other law firms need help, they hire the attorneys at Sumwalt Anderson. Whether they need assistance with a complex case or simply need an extra set of hands, our lawyers are uniquely qualified to handle any legal challenge.

    In addition, our attorneys are highly respected by their peers and have been recognized as leading experts in their field. For example, the Sumwalt law firm was recently hired by another law firm to assist in litigating a workers’ compensation claim before the Supreme Court of North Carolina. Attorney Mark Sumwalt was hired “because of his significant experience and expertise in attendant care litigation,” as Associate Justice Robin Hudson of the Supreme Court of North Carolina remarked.

    Our Albemarle motorcycle accident lawyers appreciate the trust our clients give us, and we take legal responsibility seriously. For a 100 percent free, no-obligation consultation, call Sumwalt Anderson today at (704) 377-3770 or use our online contact form.