Motorcycle accidents can quickly become severe due to the lack of protection a motorcycle offers when pitted against a larger car or truck. Motorcycles offer a freedom in driving that many car and truck owners do not appreciate or anticipate when they fail to see a motorcycle in their rearview window. If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Despite a growing decline in number of accidents and accident injuries throughout the state of Alabama, motorcycle accidents have noticeably increased over the last 10 years, almost doubling. This is indicative not of a larger growth in number of motorcyclists but a growing lack of awareness of other vehicles on the road. It is difficult for many cars and trucks to yield to motorcycles while driving if they are not aware of the presence of a motorcyclist. Despite the portrayal of motorcyclists as daredevils, it is often the car or truck driver at fault in an accident involving a motorcycle. Unfortunately, drivers simply do not prepare themselves to look for small vehicles such as motorcycles or bicycles.
Due to the lack of protection motorcycles offer, injuries are often quite severe for the motorcyclist. Motorcycle injuries can lead to:
If you were not at fault in a motorcycle accident, you should not be forced to pay for the resulting damage to yourself, your motorcycle, and any career or outside life event that is impacted by your injuries. However, it is important to keep in mind that Alabama as a “contributory negligence” state will not allow a person to bring a claim if they were partially at fault in the accident. Therefore, if you played any (even minor) role in the accident, you may not be entitled to receive any compensation for your injuries. This is a difficult decision to come to, and should only be reached after careful consideration and discussion with an experienced personal injury attorney.
If you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys of Wettermark & Keith. Our attorneys collectively have over 30 years of experience in handling personal injury cases, including specialized motorcycle accident cases. Our attorneys understand the devastation that can occur from motorcycle accidents and the lack of awareness other motorists pay to motorcycles on the road. Contact our Montgomery office today for your initial free consultation.