Huntsville Motorcycle Accident Attorney
There is a common misconception that motorcycles are more frequently involved in accidents than cars. In fact, motorcycles are slightly less likely to be involved in an accident than cars. Due to the unique risks of riding a motorcycle, however, when a motorcycle is involved in an accident, the rider or riders are more likely to suffer an injury than those riding in a passenger vehicle. If you or a loved one have been a victim in a motorcycle accident, the Huntsville motorcycle accident lawyers at Conchin, Cloud & Cole, LLC are here to help.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to the Alabama Department of Transportation, in 2015, the latest year for which full information is available, there were 1,601 accidents involving a motorcycle. Out of these accidents, 1,254 people were injured, and 74 people were killed. The percentage of people injured in a motorcycle accident versus those injured in an automobile accident is significantly higher.
Alabama Motorcycle Laws
Until recently, Alabama was the only state not requiring a special license for motorcycle operators. Now, however, riders 16 and older must pass both a written and riding test in order to operate a motorcycle in Alabama.
Alabama law also requires that anyone operating or riding a motorcycle wear a helmet. The helmet must be specifically designed for use on a motorcycle, must have a hard shell and absorbent padding, and a permanent and adjustable chin strap.
Motorcycle operators are expected to obey all traffic laws applicable to drivers of other vehicles as well, including maintaining their vehicle within their own lane and not passing between vehicles in adjacent lanes whether they are moving or stopped, a practice known as lane splitting.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcycle operators and their passengers can suffer many serious injuries in an accident including:
These injuries often require extensive and expensive medical treatment and victims incur lost wages due to missed time at work. Nor do the expenses end after you are released from the hospital. Long and painful rehab is often needed for injuries.
Getting Compensation After a Motorcycle Accident
While the other driver may clearly have been at fault in your accident, the insurance companies will fight to protect their bottom line. If they can prove that you contributed to your injuries in any way, they may be able to avoid paying any compensation.
Alabama contributory negligence laws state that if an accident victim is found to be in any way responsible for the accident or injuries they suffered, no compensation is required to be paid. As a result, insurance companies will often attempt to establish that you played some part in causing the accident. Even if they cannot make a very good case that you contributed to the accident, they will always try to offer the smallest settlement possible.
Consulting an attorney in your motorcycle accident case is a good idea to help protect your interests. An attorney can tell you honestly whether your case has merit and how much compensation you may expect to receive if you move forward with your claim. An attorney can also help you understand the process and the legalities that will come to bear on your case. Contact our personal injury lawyers to learn more today.