Many Americans enjoy riding the highways on a motorcycle. Tragically, in accidents involving motorcycles the rider is often thrown from the bike resulting in devastating injuries. The same wreck that might only cause relatively minor injuries to a passenger in a car can cause life-altering or fatal injuries to a motorcycle rider. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the rate of fatalities per vehicle miles traveled is nearly 28 times higher for motorcyclists when compared to passenger car occupants. Non-fatal injuries can include dislocated bones or limbs, abrasions, spinal injuries, and even paralysis. Attorneys at Hodges Trial Lawyers have represented many clients involved in motor vehicle accidents and we understand how to litigate these cases.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Alabama has specific laws regarding motorcycle safety. All motorcyclists and their passengers are required to wear a helmet – regardless of age. A motorcycle (“M”) endorsement on your license is also necessary for riders age 16 and over. To get the M endorsement you must pass a written test or complete a motorcycle safety course. However, no matter how defensively and carefully you drive, it is impossible to have complete control over your driving environment. Many motorcycle accidents are the result of driver error including:
- Failure to see an oncoming motorcycle when making a left turn – this is by far the most dangerous situation for a motorcyclist because a head-on collision of this type can cause catastrophic injuries
- Failure to see a motorcycle while changing lanes
- Failure to allow enough space between vehicles
- Drunk driving
- Drugged driving
- Distracted driving
Defective roadway conditions are dangerous for all motorists, but even more so for motorcyclists and others on two wheels as two-wheeled vehicles provide less stability than those with four wheels. Inadequate banking of curves, potholes, and debris all present the risk of a motorcycle wreck and its accompanying injuries.
Compensation for Motorcycle Accidents
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to compensation. In Alabama, the statute of limitations or time limit for filing a personal injury lawsuit is two years from the date of your accident. Alabama follows a rule of shared fault called “contributory negligence” which says that if you had any element of responsibility for the accident that caused your injuries, you may not be able to recover compensation for them.
At Hodges Trial Lawyers, our experienced Alabama motorcycle lawyers will work with you to determine what kind of case you have and how much compensation you can expect. We will also fight to prove that the accident was a result of the negligence of another party. We will investigate to see if there were any manufacturing defects in the safety gear you were using or the motorcycle you were riding and pursue a third-party claim on your behalf. A successful Alabama motorcycle accident claim may help you recover some or all of the following damages:
- Wage losses, both present and future
- Medical costs
- Pain and suffering
- Personal property costs
- Any renovations to your home, transportation vehicle, or workplace that are necessary to accommodate your injuries
- Damages related to a wrongful death
The dedicated team at Hodges Trial Lawyers can answer any questions you may have. We provide consultations about Alabama motorcycle accidents at no cost to you.
Huntsville Motorcycle Accident Lawyers at Hodges Trial Lawyers, P.C. Represent Clients Injured in Motorcycle Accidents
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, we can help you obtain compensation for your injuries. Let the experienced Huntsville motorcycle accident lawyers at Hodges Trial Lawyers, P.C. take care of all your legal needs so that you can focus on your recovery. Consultations are free and confidential so call 256-539-3110 or 888-539-3110 today to schedule an appointment in our Huntsville or Athens offices. You can also contact us online. We proudly represent clients throughout Northern Alabama, including those in Madison County, Limestone County, Marshall County, Jackson County, Morgan County, and Lauderdale County.