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Motorcyclists share highways and roads all across the U.S. 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, 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. It will not 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:
If you are the victim of a motorcycle accident, you want to seek medical attention immediately, even if you don’t feel injured. Be sure to file a police report and get the insurance information of the other driver right away. It is very important that everything is on record and while you remember as many details as possible. If you can and are able, take photos of the scene and collect any evidence, it will greatly help your case. Usually, the other party’s insurance company will try to negotiate a settlement with you. Insurance companies tend to low-ball your offer. You will want a personal injury attorney that will fight for you to get the compensation you deserve.
Our goal for you is to ensure you receive the best medical treatment available so you make the best medical recovery possible, and to obtain the maximum monetary compensation for your physical, financial and emotional losses.
If you or a loved one has been injured or affected by others negligence, wantonness or intentional acts, please schedule a free initial consultation and case evaluation by calling Lewis & Feldman, LLC locally at 205-896-6410, toll-free at 888-705-3997 or complete our contact form. You can also email us at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re the Birmingham personal injury lawyers who can help you receive justice.