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If your loved one was killed in a motorcycle accident, call the fatal motorcycle accident lawyers at Belt & Bruner, P.C. We understand how difficult this situation is for you and how the loss of a beloved family member touches every part of your life. We’ll compassionately explain your legal options and help you obtain the compensation that can ease the financial burdens you face after a tragic loss.
Alabama is known for having a high rate of death for motorists – significantly higher than the average rate of death for the U.S. While most of these fatalities resulted from car crashes, a percentage of them were also motorcycle riders and passengers, who can be more vulnerable to injuries in a crash because they lack the protections given to occupants of passenger vehicles, pickup trucks, or SUVs. A motorcycle rider often has only the clothes he or she wears, and, hopefully, a helmet, to protect them from an impact.
The Painful Effects of Motorcycle Accident Deaths
The effect of a death on a family can hardly be described. Parents lose a child, someone loses their spouse, children lose a parent, and countless individuals lose a friend. The ramifications of even one fatal motorcycle accident are widespread. It affects dozens, even hundreds of people who knew, depended on, and loved the deceased.
But the greatest effect is on you as the rider’s next of kin. Not only have you lost someone close to you, but you also may be wrestling with your loved one’s financial affairs in the wake of the accident that claimed your family member’s life.
In addition to the overwhelming grief of a sudden loss, the financial effects of your loss can also be devastating. You or your family may be saddled with expensive medical bills the deceased incurred before they died and that may have to be settled from any estate your family member left behind. Even without medical bills, the average funeral can cost thousands of dollars – money that you, like many families in Alabama, simply may not have.
If your loved one was the largest income provider for your family, you or your family may now be in the uncomfortable position of figuring out another way to pay the bills — and worried about what will happen if you can’t make ends meet without your loved one’s financial contributions.
One of the ways in which a family can recover from losing someone in a motorcycle accident is by bringing a wrongful death suit against the person who caused the crash. Under Alabama law, the personal representative of the estate must be the one to file the wrongful death claim in court. They have up to 2 years to do so. Unless a personal representative is designated in a will, then typically the person’s surviving spouse or other heirs may be designated.
If you can prove that your loved one’s death was caused by negligence or reckless behavior, then the estate may be able to recover punitive damages. This type of damages award is meant to punish the guilty party and discourage others from similar behavior. While this recovery is not intended to compensate the estate or family for the expenses, the settlement or jury award can be used to financially recover from the accident.
Call Our Alabama Fatal Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
When you lose someone in a motorcycle accident in Birmingham, Mobile, Montgomery, Huntsville or anywhere in the state, you have enough to deal with at home without trying to learn Alabama law and figuring out if you have the right to an insurance settlement or lawsuit. Instead of navigating this road alone, it is best to work with experienced fatal motorcycle accident attorneys like those at Belt & Bruner, P.C.
Our Alabama motorcycle accident lawyers have more than 65 years of collective experience practicing personal injury and wrongful death law in Alabama. We will take the time to get to know you, learn your situation, and advise you on your options. When you’ve chosen a course, we will fiercely advocate for your rights. We have negotiated numerous settlements in excess of $1 million. Every case is resolved based on its own unique set of facts and circumstances, but we fight for the maximum available compensation in each case we take.
Call Belt & Bruner at 205-933-1500 to schedule a free consultation to learn what we can do for you.