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Our Birmingham motorcycle accident lawyer knows from experience that motorcycle riders involved in collisions with cars have very little protection between them and the asphalt. According to the University of Alabama, 81 percent of motorcycle accidents result in injury or death.
The motorcycling community has invested considerable time and effort to improve its safety record through initiatives such as increased rider training and licensing campaigns. In our experience, most motorcyclists obey traffic laws and are very safety conscious. Many motorcycle accidents are caused by drivers in cars who do not take the “share the road” philosophy to heart.
If you or a loved one has been injured or died in a motorcycle accident, you need answers about what steps to take. We want you to contact us if you have been injured in a motorcycle crash caused by another driver. A motorcycle accident lawyer at Belt & Bruner will review the facts of the accident free of charge and answer your questions.
At Belt & Bruner we have put together answers to some of the most common questions to assist you.
Frequently Asked Questions
We’re Committed to Our Clients
At Belt & Bruner, P.C., our Birmingham motorcycle injury lawyers and legal staff are committed to holding careless drivers accountable for the harm they cause. We understand the unique risks that motorcyclists face. We want to help you obtain the compensation that you need to recover from your injuries and carry on with your life. Uninsured motorists coverage can help you get compensation when you are in an accident with a driver who does not carry liability insurance.
We can put our skills, experience and resources to work for you if you or a loved one has been harmed in a motorcycle accident in Birmingham or elsewhere in Alabama or the Southeast. Call us today or use our online form to receive a free consultation about your legal rights and options.
Car Drivers Cause Many Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle riders have the same rights and privileges on Alabama highways as drivers of other motor vehicles. But if a motorcycle is involved in an accident, the rider and his or her passenger are likely to suffer serious head injuries, neck or back injuries, or other traumatic injuries. Motorcyclists can be paralyzed or permanently disabled in collisions.
Collisions between cars and motorcycles often occur when car drivers:
- Fail to allow a motorcyclist the full lane width. Car drivers should never try to share a lane with a motorcycle.
- Fail to look for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or exiting a lane of traffic or at an intersection.
- Fail to signal their intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic in front of a motorcycle.
- Fail to allow proper following distance – three or four seconds’ worth – when behind a motorcycle so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.
- In dry conditions, motorcycles stop more quickly than cars.
In addition, the negligence and recklessness that contributes to so many motor vehicle crashes – speeding, drunk driving, distracted driving, fatigued driving, aggressive driving, disregarding stop signs and stop lights, etc. – can cause motorcycle wrecks when committed by either party to the wreck. Motorcycle accidents can also be caused by negligent road construction, whether it is improper maintenance and repair of roads, or poorly designated road construction areas.
Many times, though, motorcyclists and their passengers are injured because other motorists do not see the motorcycle. Too often, motorists simply do not look out for motorcycles.
Alabama Motorcycle Accident Injuries and Fatalities
Motorcycle wrecks often lead to catastrophic injuries or death. Motorcycle accidents in Alabama caused 1,477 injuries and 92 motorcycle accident deaths in 2012, according to the latest Alabama Traffic Crash Facts report.
We understand that the most important statistic as far as you are concerned is the accident involving you or your family. It is important not to accept a quick settlement from an insurance company before the full extent of your injuries is known.
If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, no amount of compensation will replace your lost loved one. Still, you need answers about what to do. At Belt & Bruner, P.C. we have gathered some of the most common questions and answers to assist you. Every accident has some unique factors. Call us with your individual questions or use our convenient online form for a no-cost case evaluation.
We Help Alabama Motorcycle Accident Victims
If another motorist’s negligence or recklessness contributed to your injuries in a motorcycle crash in Birmingham or elsewhere in Alabama, we can assist you.
Once the Belt & Bruner, P.C.’s motorcycle injury lawyer takes your case, we will research and review every aspect of your accident. We will work with experts in traffic accident reconstruction, mechanical design and engineering to develop evidence that supports your claim.
If you have sustained an injury that may cause a permanent disability and leave you unable to work, we will consult medical professionals and life-care planners who can help us determine the full extent of your injuries, your future lost income and the costs of your ongoing and future medical care and therapy. These costs will be included in the compensation we seek from the at-fault party and their insurance company.
Our Alabama motorcycle accident attorneys are aggressive advocates. We know how to negotiate with insurance companies. We also know how to prepare cases for trial.
We’ll work hard to make sure you secure the compensation you and your family deserve.
Contact Our Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
If you or a family member has suffered property loss, physical pain or emotional suffering in a motorcycle accident because of someone else’s carelessness, we want you to contact the Birmingham motorcycle accident attorneys of Belt & Bruner. We have a strong record of securing maximum settlements and verdicts for accident victims.
Under Alabama law, a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit generally must be filed within two years after the injury or death occurred. Accident cases can take time to develop, so it’s important to act right away.
Call a Birmingham motorcycle accident lawyer today or use our online form. We can provide you with a free case evaluation and get you started on the path to legal relief.