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Motorcycle Accidents in North Carolina

According to the Salisbury Post, a Mt. Ulla man named Merlin Pogson was injured late last year when his motorcycle collided with a car on Mooresville Road.  The North Carolina State Highway Patrol reported that Coreen Ramos, 41, of Salisbury, was driving west on Mooresville Road when she failed to yield while turning left into a private residence, causing Pogson to collide with her car. Ramos was charged with failure to yield while making a left turn.

Pogson was transported to Rowan Regional Medical Center complaining of a shoulder injury. Pogson remained conscious and his injuries did not appear to be life threatening. Both Ramos and Pogson were relatively lucky. This accident could have been much worse.

Motorcycle accidents are on the rise in the United States. The rate of fatal motorcycle accidents has risen dramatically in the last decade, increasing 144 percent from the 2,116 motorcycle fatalities recorded in 1997 to more than 5,000 in 2007 alone.

If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident in North Carolina, there are a few vital facts you should know, including:

  • North Carolina law gives you three years from the date of your accident in which to file a claim against any other driver. (This is known as the statute of limitations.) If you are unable to negotiate a settlement with the other driver (or the driver’s insurance company), you must file a lawsuit before the statute of limitations runs out in order to recover damages.
  • North Carolina laws require all automobile and motorcycle drivers to carry full liability insurance coverage with the following minimum limits:
    • Bodily injury liability ­– $30,000 per person and $60,000 per crash
    • Property damage liability ­– $25,000 per crash
  • North Carolina General Statute 20-140.4 limits the number of people that can ride on a motorcycle or moped to the number that the motorcycle or moped was designed to carry.  This statute also requires that all riders on a motorcycle or moped wear a safety helmet that complies with federal law.

If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident and have questions about your legal rights, contact the Law Offices of Brian deBrun for a free consultation at 704-412-4258.

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