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Riding a motorcycle on Alabama’s open roads is a wonderful experience, but suffering a serious injury in an accident can change that in an instant. Medical expenses and lost income are only the beginning of your problems.
To recover satisfactory compensation, you may have to file a personal injury claim, but the at-fault parties and their insurers will have aggressive investigators, negotiators, and lawyers that will use the “reckless biker” stereotype against you in an attempt to place the fault at your feet.
That’s why you may need to get an Alabama motorcycle lawyer on your side as soon as you can. The experienced team at the Henry Dailey Law Firm knows the ins and outs of personal injury negotiations, and we aren’t afraid to go to court if the other side won’t make a reasonable settlement offer.
What Causes Alabama Motorcycle Accidents?
Like any other motor vehicle accident, lots of circumstances can lead to your particular situation. However, Alabama motorcycle riders have additional things to fear on the road.
For example, many standard vehicle drivers have a problem seeing motorcycles when they check their mirrors or blind spots. This is because their minds are tuned to notice larger objects like other cars and trucks, but the small frame of a motorcycle doesn’t register as quickly—or at all.
Other causes of Alabama motorcycle accidents include the following:
- Drunk, drugged, distracted, and drowsy drivers
- Dangerous road conditions due to poor maintenance, including potholes, uneven shoulders, confusing or absent signs, or faded lane markers
- Construction equipment or other debris in the road
- Mechanical failures on your motorcycle or the other vehicle due to design, manufacturing, or marketing defects or improper maintenance
Who’s at Fault?
Our investigation into the cause of your Alabama motorcycle crash will likely help us identify the at-fault party or parties. Sometimes, more than one person or entity is to blame, and we have to find these groups so we can include them in your personal injury claim. Failing to identify all the at-fault parties could limit your compensation.
The common people and groups that can be found to be at fault for your motorcycle accident include the following:
- Other drivers
- Mechanics and installers
- Government agencies tasked with keeping the roads safe for all motorists, including motorcycle riders
- Construction companies behind dangerous roadside sites
- Designers, manufacturers, and marketers of vehicles or specific parts
What Injuries Did You Suffer?
It may seem obvious that the injuries you suffer in a motorcycle accident are likely to be worse than if you were in a car, but the difference really can be extreme. On a motorcycle, you have a helmet and some clothing between you and the asphalt, while a car provides a metal and glass exterior for protection.
That’s why motorcycle accidents in Alabama often lead to serious injuries, which include the following:
- Impacts to your head and face, resulting in traumatic brain injuries, sight and sound reception impairment, and disfigurement that might necessitate reconstructive surgery
- Strong impacts and extreme torsion to your neck, back, and spine, which may result in whiplash, paralysis, broken ribs, and nerve damage that causes chronic numbness, tingling, pain, or mobility problems
- Physical impacts that cause internal bleeding or organ damage, which may require transplants and a lifetime of medications
- Badly broken or fractured bones that may never heal or may even lead to amputation
- Severe and large-area burns from vehicle fires
How Much Compensation Can You Recover?
When an accident isn’t your fault, you need to make sure to hold those who caused it financially accountable for their actions. We’ll make sure to discuss your injuries with your doctors, physical rehabilitation experts, and therapists to determine how extensive and long-lasting your injuries may be.
It can be hard to determine the true value of intangible losses, but we’ll use a discerning eye to establish what kind of compensation you should demand from the at-fault parties.
In your Alabama motorcycle accident claim, we may demand compensation for the following damages:
- Immediate and long-term medical costs
- Wage losses, including reduced future earning capacity
- Renovations to your workplace, vehicle, or home to accommodate your injuries
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder
- Loss of consortium
- Damage to your motorcycle and any other personal property
- Wrongful death, which carries its own set of damages and processes
In cases that involve extreme negligence or recklessness on the part of another party, you may also receive punitive damages. While these damages are rare, they can increase the overall value of your claim in large proportions.
How to Deal with Insurers and Their Tactics
The at-fault driver’s insurance company is going to be aggressive when it comes to protecting its profit margins from your Alabama motorcycle accident claim. The only thing that matters to insurers is turning a profit, even if it’s at the expense of your health and your family’s wellbeing.
To that end, insurers aren’t afraid to bring up the false and unfair “reckless biker” stereotype. If they can convince a court that all motorcyclists, including you, are reckless on the road, they can reduce your compensation or withhold it altogether.
Your Alabama motorcycle wreck lawyer will know what underhanded tactics might be used against you and forcefully address them before they can hurt your chances in negotiations or in court.
Alabama Laws Affecting Motorcycle Accident Claims
The following are a few laws to keep in mind as you move forward with your Alabama motorcycle accident claim.
Alabama follows a contributory negligence policy for personal injury lawsuits. This means you cannot receive personal injury compensation in any amount if you hold any blame at all for your motorcycle accident.
Under Alabama’s policy, you’ll be left with all the bills and losses if you’re found to be even 5 percent at fault. Fortunately, your lawyer will know how to protect you from accusations of fault by the insurance companies or the at-fault parties.
At-Fault vs. No-Fault States
Most states are “no-fault” states, which allow victims to file claims with their own insurance company, regardless of whose negligence caused the accident.
Alabama, on the other hand, is an “at-fault” state, which means the party responsible for the accident is supposed to be financially liable. If the defendants are underinsured, have no insurance, or have no money, you could be stuck with the costs.
This policy is complicated, but you have three different ways to attempt to collect fair compensation for your motorcycle accident. You could file a claim with your insurer, a claim with the other driver’s insurance (known as a third-party claim), or a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault parties.
Deadlines for Filing Your Claim
Alabama’s statute of limitations for motorcycle accidents is two years. That means that, on the date of your motorcycle crash, you have exactly two years to file your claim for compensation.
If you miss that deadline, you won’t be able to recover personal injury compensation. A qualified lawyer will be able to speed up the filing process considerably.
Meet with an Alabama Motorcycle Accident Attorney
After you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident, you deserve qualified and experienced representation, so work with an Alabama motorcycle accident lawyer from the Henry Dailey Law Firm.
Give us a call at 205-995-2412 or fill out the online contact form below to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with an Alabama motorcycle accident lawyer.
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