AUBURN, ALABAMA MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS LAWYERS
Motorcycle accidents are among the deadliest types of accidents that occur on the roadways. Each year, thousands of individuals are killed and tens of thousands are injured in motorcycle crashes. Because bikers have less protection on the road, they are far more likely to sustain serious injuries or fatalities from the crash. Unfortunately, motorcyclists are at the mercy of other drivers on the road because they have a smaller profile and other motorists often fail to pay proper attention to them.
If you or someone close to you was injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Pursuing an injury claim can be challenging, however, especially in Alabama where the laws are more favorable to defendants. To ensure that you are able to recover the compensation you need and deserve, it is important to have an experienced personal injury in your corner advocating aggressively for your rights and interests.
At Alsobrook Jackson, Attorneys at Law, we understand the enormous physical, emotional, and financial toll motorcycle accidents can take on injury victims and their families, and our goal is to make the legal process smooth and stress-free. Our lawyers have in-depth knowledge of this area of the law, and we have extensive experience with even the most complex cases. We work closely with our clients from start to finish, and we explore every potential legal avenue toward obtaining full and fair compensation.
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?
There are a lot of reason motorcycle crashes occur, some of the most common include:
- Speeding: Alabama drivers who exceed the speed limit have a harder time slowing down to avoid dangers on the road. Because of their smaller stature, it can be very difficult for a speeding driver to react in time to avoid an accident with a motorcycle.
- Reckless Driving: Motorists who drive recklessly are usually in a state of mind where they have wanton and willful disregard for the rules of the road and the safety of others. This is particularly common with younger drivers. Actions of reckless drivers may include tailgating, weaving in and out of lanes, running stop signs and red lights, making fast turns from the wrong lane, and many others. Reckless driving contributes to countless accidents each year, many of which involve motorcycles.
- Chemically-Impaired Driving: One of the factors that often contributes to a reckless state of mind is chemical impairment. Alcohol and drugs can severely alter your state, and those who drive while intoxicated tend to drive more recklessly and carelessly. On the other end of the spectrum, DUI/DWI can also put drivers into a drowsy state, which slows reaction times and can even cause them to fall asleep at the wheel.
- Distracted Driving: Motorists have always had distractions to deal with, but today, it is worse than ever before. These days, virtually everybody has a smartphone, and many drivers have a hard time staying off of their phones while they are on the road. Texting while driving, updating social media accounts, watching YouTube videos, and other smartphone activity is especially dangerous, because it distracts drivers in three ways; manually, visually, and cognitively.
- Blind Spot Accidents: It is easy for motorcyclists with their small profiles to get lost in the blind spots of larger vehicles. When a motorcycle enters the blind spot of a car or truck and that vehicle tries to change lanes, it can become a dangerous situation that often results in an accident. Some of the latest vehicles have blind spot monitors installed, and hopefully over time, this will reduce the number of blind spot accidents.
Motorcycle accidents can result in severe and catastrophic injuries, including:
- Head and brain injuries;
- Neck and spine injuries;
- Shoulder, hip, and knee injuries;
- Whiplash and other soft tissue injuries;
- Fractures and dislocations;
- Amputations/loss of limbs;
- Wrongful death.
Damages in Alabama Motorcycle Accident Cases
Motorcycle injury victims can incur losses totaling tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of dollars or more. Damages in personal injury cases can be broken down into three general categories:
- Economic Damages: This is compensation for actual financial losses; such as property damage, hospital bills, medical treatment, rehabilitation costs, ongoing medical care, time missed from work, and loss of earning capacity.
- Non-Economic Damages: This is compensation for losses that are difficult to quantify. Examples include physical pain and suffering, psychological distress, loss of enjoyment, and loss of consortium.
- Punitive Damages: In the most extreme cases in which the actions of the party at fault were especially egregious, punitive damages may be awarded to “punish” the wrongdoer and help deter them (and others) from engaging in similarly reckless behaviors in the future.
Motorcycle accident claims can be difficult to pursue in Alabama because of the state’s “contributory negligence” legal doctrine. Under contributory negligence, an injured party can be barred from recovering compensation if they are found to be even 1% at-fault for the accident. This is a high bar to clear, and there is no doubt that the other side and their insurer will do everything possible to pin at least part of the blame on you; because if they are successful, they can avoid paying the claim. Because of this, it is absolutely essential to work with a seasoned accident injury attorney who knows how to put together a rock-solid case that will effectively persuade the court that you are entitled to damages.
Speak with a Skilled and Compassionate Opelika Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Being injured in a motorcycle crash can be a life-altering experience, and victims often do not know where to turn for the help they need. At Alsobrook Jackson, Attorneys at Law, we provide moral support and strong legal guidance during this difficult time. From day one, we thoroughly prepare the case with the expectation to go to trial. Many times, this prompts the other side to seek a fair settlement. If they are not willing to negotiate in good faith, however, we are ready and able to successfully pursue full damages through litigation.
For a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call our office today at 334-737-3718 or send us a message through our online contact form. You may also stop by our office is Opelika at your convenience.