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Unsafe Lane-Changes and Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycles are a special kind of vehicle, presenting their drivers with a unique experience of the road. Unfortunately, they also face a great deal of added danger that the operators of automobiles and trucks don’t face. Motorcycles lack the physical foundations to protect their drivers from significant bodily harm in crash situations, and because of this any collision with a motorcycle may result in enormous injuries or death to the driver.

Cars and trucks each have blind spots – regions in their rear that the driver cannot see – and motorcycles which cross into these blind spots all but disappear behind the motorists ahead of them on the road. This fact makes it extremely dangerous for motorcyclists when car or truck drivers change lanes without signaling or in locations where lane changes aren’t legal because motorcyclists cannot get out of the way. While motorcyclists may take measures to protect themselves – including wearing reflective gear and increasing following distance – they ultimately have no control over the actions of other drivers, which are sometimes grossly negligent. Whether due to rush, fatigue, distraction, or another cause, these accidental interactions with blind spots are often fatal or extreme. The motorcycle accident attorneys at Grimes Teich Anderson are experienced in handling these cases.

The results of a motorcycle’s collision with a car or truck making an unsafe/illegal lane change may be catastrophic because of the minimal safety features possible in motorcycles’ design. Survivors of motorcycle crashes are faced with medical costs which are often more than those faced by standard auto crash victims, and they also have similar needs due to lost wages and in vehicle repair, among other needs.

What You Need to Know

If you or someone you love was harmed or killed as a motorcyclist by a driver changing lanes unsafely, you might be entitled to significant compensation from the insurance company of the party responsible for your injuries. Depending on whether the accident happened in North Carolina or South Carolina, even if you contributed in some way to your accident you may be entitled to benefits covering costs associated with your injury, including repairs to your bike, all your medical expenses, lost wages during recovery, and others more specific to your case.

The insurance company working for the party responsible for your accident will no doubt be in touch with you about your claim, seeking to dismiss your claim or offer you a benefits package far below the value of your actual expenses. We don’t recommend speaking to them on your own, as they seek to protect their own profits and will, therefore, take any opportunity to minimize your payout in this situation. Without an expert lawyer on your side, you may make a legal misstep that costs you your legal rights, wait too long to file your claim, estimate the benefits package to which you my be entitled too at a low value, or otherwise compromise your capacity to get what you need in this unfortunate time.

The North Carolina and South Carolina accident attorneys Grimes Teich Anderson, LLP, serve only victims of accidents. We never represent insurance companies. We know how to defend your rights and get you the benefits you may deserve in your situation. Don’t endanger the help you might need for your medical and vehicle costs by going it alone; speak to a Grimes Teich Anderson attorney today about your situation.


Were you injured in a motorcycle collision caused by another driver’s unsafe lane change in North or South Carolina? Contact Grimes Teich Anderson today at 800.533.6845 and ask for your free consultation with a personal injury attorney. You also have the option to complete a free case evaluation form online.

Grimes Teich Anderson LLP has law offices located in Spartanburg, Greenville, and Gaffney, South Carolina and Asheville, Waynesville, Rutherfordton, Spruce Pine, and Franklin, North Carolina.

Each case is different, so not all information on this website, as well as some which may not be provided, will apply to every case. Because the facts and relevant laws are different from case to case, Grimes Teich Anderson does not guarantee that the outcome, results or experiences with one lawyer or one case will be similar to another.

Except for Employment Law Cases, Attorney’s fees are a percentage of the entire recovery and will be deducted before other expenses. In addition to the fee in these cases, Client will be responsible for litigation expenses, which will either be deducted from the recovery or paid by the client. Some Employment Law Cases may be handled on a contingent fee basis and others handled on an hourly basis, where the client is billed for the hours spent on the case. Based on our experience, we will advise you of the most appropriate fee arrangement in Employment Law cases.

Material on this website is for information purposes and is not legal advice.

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