There are roughly 30 million motorcyclists driving on U.S. Highways and roads. Motorcycles are legal motor vehicles, and as such, people who ride them have the same rights as people who drive cars. Even so, motorcycles tend to fall prey to drunk drivers and inattentive drivers far more than their car-driving counterparts.
According to recent statistics by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a motorcyclist is approximately 16 times more likely to die in a crash than an automobile occupant. What’s more, they are three times more likely to be injured than people who ride in cars. For those who were involved in fatal motorcycle crashes, head injury was the leading cause of death.
In addition, NHTSA estimates that wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle reduces the chances of a fatality by 29 percent. Surprisingly, though not all states require motorcyclists to wear helmets. Fortunately, Alabama law strictly requires that all motorcyclists wear helmets. Of course, if you get into an accident, wearing a helmet will only protect your head. However, it won’t prevent the accident from occurring in the first place. Nor will it prevent you from injuring another portion of your body to keep your bike from sustaining serious damage.
There are a wide range of causes for motorcycle accidents, some of which include: Not Being Able to See Around You: Intersections, buildings, parked vehicles, shrubbery, etc. Road hazards: Potholes, oil slicks, puddles, debris, and uneven pavement. Motorcyclists Being Difficult To See: The motorcyclist is undetected by other drivers. Truck drivers are at even more risk of missing a motorcyclist, drivers of these huge vehicles often hit blind spots and do not see the comparatively small motorcycle, which can result in collision. Motorcycle defects: Fuel system leaks, which present an increased risk of fire in the post-crash phase. Weather: Heavy rain, snow, hail, etc. can lead to decreased visibility and hazardous driving conditions.
Our goal for you is to ensure you receive the best medical treatment available so you make the best medical recovers possible, and to obtain the maximum monetary compensation for your physical, financial and emotional loses. If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Alabama, contact an Alabama Motorcycle Accident Lawyer now for a free consultation. Our Birmingham based law firm may be able to help you resolve your motorcycle accident case and collect compensation for your motorcycle accident injury. Although our law firm is based in Birmingham, AL our motorcycle accident lawyers handle cases in Mountain Brook, Homewood and throughout the state of Alabama.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, please schedule a free consultation and case evaluation by calling the Birmingham law firm of Lewis, Feldman & Lehane, LLC locally at 205-254-3927, toll free at 888-295-7409 or completing our contact form. We’re the Birmingham motorcycle accident lawyers who can help you receive the justice you deserve.