Motorcyclists are susceptible to sustaining serious injuries when involved in any collision involving a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle. Compared to passenger vehicles, motorcycles are harder to see, and not all drivers are “motorcycle conscious” and make the effort to take an extra look before changing lanes or attempting a left turn. Drivers must always be alert to the possibility that a motorcycle will be on the roadway.
Even with helmets and protective gear, motorcycle crash injuries can be very serious as bikers have little protection and are sometimes moving at a high rate of speed. Serious injuries sustained in a car vs. motorcycle accident may include road rash injuries, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), spinal cord injuries, back and neck injuries, multiple broken bones, and blunt trauma injuries. In some cases, accidents are fatal. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, 4,762 motorcyclists were killed in motorcycle accidents nationwide in 2009.
Motorcycle accidents have been increasing for the last decade as motorcycle riding gets more and more popular. In 1998 there was less than 4 million motorcycles registered in the United States and today there are more than 7 million. A motorcyclist (either rider or passenger) is estimated to be approximately 37 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a traffic accident according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) a leading authority on traffic safety and statistics in the U.S.
Data collected by the Alabama Department of Public Safety helps illustrate the frequency and nature of motorcycle accidents across the state. This data can help show riders and drivers alike the dangers that motorcyclists face on the streets each and every day.
If an Alabama motorist strikes a motorcyclist, the rider has a right to make a claim for damages against the negligent defendant for their damages, which can include medical bills, lost income, physical injuries, loss of normal life, and any other damages from the crash.
If you’re on a motorcycle and are hit by a car, you’re three times more likely to be seriously injured, and fourteen times more likely to be killed, than a person injured in an accident involving two cars. The motorcycle attorneys at the law firm of Wettermark & Keith, LLC., will aggressively pursue your case to get the compensation you deserve. Contact our law office today if you have been injured or lost someone close to you in a motorcycle vs. car accident, extensive compensation can be sought for your injuries.
Motorcyclists involved in an accident with a motor vehicle may need additional long-term financial support to pay for medical care after a permanent spinal cord or brain injury. Victims of motorcycle accidents will often face additional challenges in court from jurors who see bikers as inherently “reckless’ or risky. Many victims of motorcycle accidents need additional compensation for lost long-term wages and medical expenses. At Wettermark & Keith, LLC. our attorneys will help the families of victims recover the compensation they need and deserve.
If you or someone close to you has been a victim or a motorcycle accident, seek the service of the experienced Alabama motorcycle accident lawyers at the law office of Wettermark & Keith, LLC., today. With over 30 years of combined litigation experience, our dedicated attorneys have the resources and skills needed to build you an effective case.
We will begin an immediate investigation to collect all necessary evidence for your claim. We know that motorcycle accident litigation can be complex and that for families of serious injury, results cannot come soon enough. Our attorneys will take an aggressive, comprehensive approach to ensure that your family collects the full compensation you are entitled to. We will collect medical documentation, police reports, witness statements, and work with experts to build case.
If you wish to speak to us directly, feel free to call one of our three branches. Birmingham Office 205.933.9500, Huntsville Office 256.536.8010 or our Montgomery Office 334.284.0014. Call us today for a free case evaluation.