Protecting the rights of motorcyclists
In 2018, there were 876 total fatal motor vehicle crashes in Alabama with motorcycle fatalities equating to just over 9%, per the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Furthermore, out of all 50 states, Alabama ranked as the 22nd worst state for motorcycle fatalities, with Tennessee ranking 6th, Arizona 9th, Illinois 14th, Indiana 15th, Nevada 31st, and New Mexico 35th. Brian Plant, our Alabama motorcycle accident injury attorney, has the experience and support staff to help injured riders secure the most benefits possible across the state.
Our Alabama personal injury legal team is available 24/7, offers free consultations, and does not charge for representation unless compensation is recovered on your behalf. Please contact us as soon as possible after a motorcycle crash by phone, chat, or through an online form to learn more about your options and whether you may be entitled to benefits after you or a loved one is injured.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Motorcycle Accident Claim in Alabama?
You have two years from the date of your accident to file a motorcycle accident lawsuit in Alabama. After that amount of time passes, you cannot file a personal injury claim unless the accident falls under special circumstances.
Circumstances that would “interrupt” the two year countdown include whether or not the injured person was a minor.
Common Types of Alabama Motorcycle Injuries
From the rolling hills of northern Alabama to the sparkling white-sand beaches of the southern coastline, motorcyclists have numerous ride options to get out and explore the Heart of Dixie. Getting into an accident with a car or truck will turn a pleasant adventure into more of a nightmare.
This is especially true as riders and their passengers generally suffer the worst amount of damage after a motorcycle collision with another vehicle.
Common types of motorcycle accident injuries include:
- Head trauma / Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck injuries
- Burn injuries
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
- Broken and fractured bones (i.e. facial bones, pelvic bones, upper leg bone, wrist, ankle, femur, and knee)
- Nerve damage / Paralysis
- Road rash and laceration
The severity of a rider and/or passenger’s injuries will ultimately determine the length of medical care, missed time from work, loss of enjoyment in life, and financial compensation amount and eligibility. For instance, a rider that walked away from a motorcycle wreck with only road rash and minor lacerations would receive less compensation than a rider with facial deformities, post traumatic stress disorder, nerve damage, and a totaled bike.
If you or a loved one sustains a serious or catastrophic injury in a motorcycle accident in Alabama, we understand that you may be feeling overwhelmed. To help ensure that you receive fair treatment from insurance companies, please contact our Alabama motorcycle accident lawyer at Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys today.
We are also readily available to explain Alabama’s wrongful death law if you lost a loved one because of a fatal injury after a motorcycle accident. Our motorcycle accident lawyer will carefully review the circumstances of the accident to help determine if there is evidence of another person’s intentional wrongdoing or negligence. If found, we will work with the personal representative of your loved one’s estate to pursue a wrongful death claim for punitive damages.
Causes of Alabama Motorcycle Accidents
You were driving along and then something or someone caused you to wreck your motorcycle. What happened? Why did it happen? And, who can be held responsible? The answers to these questions are key to building a motorcycle accident injury claim.
Why? An Alabama attorney needs to know what Alabama motorcycle safety laws were violated and who was at fault so that the responsible person can be held liable for the physical, psychological, and financial injuries suffered.
Violation of any of these traffic laws could result in a motorcycle accident in Alabama:
- Distracted driving
- Illegal lane changing
- Excessive speed
- Sudden stops
- Road rage
- Reckless maneuvers
- Driving while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
- Poor weather or environmental conditions
- Negligent road design and maintenance
- Defective parts or motorcycle manufacturing defects
Directly after an accident, it is within your best interests that you gather as much evidence and documentation as possible, such as photos of the accident scene, photos of any injuries, contact and insurance information of the at-fault driver(s), and contact details for witnesses. If your injuries kept you from doing so, our motorcycle accident lawyer will still be able to investigate key factors and contact any witnesses to help build a strong case after the wreck.
Why You Should Contact Our Alabama Personal Injury Attorney
There are many reasons why you should contact our personal injury law firm instead of one of the others that you may find from a quick Internet search. These are four reasons why you should confident in reaching out to us:
- Contributory Negligence— Since Alabama follows a theory of pure contributory negligence, an allegation in court or from an insurance company that you were partly responsible for a motorcycle accident could challenge your rights to compensation. We know how to combat these allegations to ensure that you get what you deserve.
- No Health Insurance? No Problem— We can assist you with finding a medical provider that will wait for payments so you do not have out of pocket costs. We want you to focus on getting better while we focus on everything else.
- Compassionate Representation— You can count on our staff to listen to your questions and concerns with a compassionate ear. Ultimately, our team is here to help you get your life back on track after you’ve been injured in an accident.
- Stop Insurance Bullies– Insurance companies bully people into accepting much smaller settlements than they deserve. We have a proven record for fighting their unscrupulous tactics and delivering maximum settlements for our clients.
You do not have to fight with insurance companies on your own! Contact us today to schedule a free case review by calling 844-977-1900, using our LiveChat feature, or completing a web form now. An Alabama motorcycle accident attorney at Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys can help you or a loved one move forward after a serious injury accident.
In a wreck and need an Alabama motorcycle accident lawyer? Contact Lerner and Rowe today!