Mobile Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Motorcycles can be a practical form of transportation within Mobile, Alabama, as well as a unique hobby. Your beloved bike can also take you on countless adventures through back country roads and new cities and states. No matter how you use your motorcycle or why you enjoy it, you recognize that it comes with risks. Cars and trucks often have a difficult time sharing the road with motorcycles in Alabama, which may be what led to the accident that caused your injuries.
After suffering injuries or a tragic loss in a motorcycle accident, the best next step is to contact the Mobile motorcycle accident lawyers of Belt & Bruner, P.C. We are here to explain your legal rights, any obligations you must fulfill, and your options. Depending on your situation, we may guide you through the insurance claim process, a personal injury lawsuit, or a wrongful death claim.
Common Causes of Mobile Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents occur for a number of reasons, yet some of the most common causes are:
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Driving under the influence
- A motorcycle rider failing to make a turn
- A vehicle striking a motorcycle while it makes a left-hand turn
- A vehicle changing lanes into a motorcycle
If you were riding your motorcycle and were struck by another vehicle, contact our attorneys as soon as possible. You may be experiencing significant injuries, and we will help you fight for the compensation you deserve from the other driver. With more than 65 years of collective experience, we have handled all types of motorcycle-related collisions and can guide you through the insurance claim process.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
If you were riding a motorcycle during the accident, you are probably experiencing a number of injuries and a great deal of pain. There is little to protect you while you are on your bike. Unfortunately, those do very little against the weight and speed of a car or truck. Depending on the accident, you could suffer from:
- Road rash, which can lead to scarring and deformities
- Bone fractures
- Mild, moderate, or severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Pelvis injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Nerve damage
Personal Injury Compensation
If you are injured in an accident that is entirely another person’s fault, then you can fight for compensation for your physical, psychological, and financial injuries. By working with our Mobile motorcycle accident lawyers, you can determine the value of your:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Current and future loss of earning capacity
- Damage to your vehicle or other personal property
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
- Loss of quality of life
Pursing Compensation After a Motorcycle Accident
After being injured in a motorcycle accident, the first step toward obtaining compensation is by filing a third-party insurance claim against the at-fault party’s auto insurance policy. At first, you may feel confident in handling the insurance claim process yourself. However, you need to be aware that this process can go downhill quickly. The more complicated and significant your accident, the more important it is to be aware of your rights and have help in fighting for the maximum compensation possible for your injuries.
At Belt & Bruner, P.C., our Mobile motorcycle accident lawyers can help you:
- Determine who is liable for the accident
- Begin the insurance claim process with the at-fault party’s insurer
- Prepare to make your statement to the insurer
- Respond to the insurance adjuster’s requests and questions
- Protect your privacy and limit the medical records the insurer receives
- Calculate the value of your claim
- Negotiate a higher settlement amount
- Appeal if the insurer denies your claim
- You must obtain a Class M license to operate a motorcycle.
- You must ride a motorcycle in a permanent regular seat.
- All motorcycle riders must wear helmets.
- All motorcycle riders must wear shoes.
- A motorcycle operator cannot pass another vehicle in the same lane.
- A motorcycle operator cannot ride between lanes of traffic.
- Motorcycle operators cannot ride more than two abreast within a single lane.
To obtain compensation after a motorcycle accident in Mobile, you may need to go beyond an insurance claim and file a personal injury lawsuit. You may file a lawsuit when you still have hopes of obtaining an acceptable settlement, or after learning an insurance settlement is not possible. Filing a lawsuit gives you and your attorney time to utilize the discovery process, which entitles you to information and documentation from the other party. This can help you gather the evidence you need to prove fault, and more accurately value your claim. This can put pressure on an insurer to settle and possibly give you leverage to negotiate for a greater amount. However, if a settlement is not likely, the discovery process prepares you for trial, where you will seek to prove that the other person’s negligence makes them responsible for your injuries.
Alabama’s Contributory Negligence Law
In Alabama, it is important to be able to show that the other party is entirely responsible for the accident and your injuries, and that your injuries in no way led to the accident. If there is any evidence that your own actions contributed to the crash, then Alabama’s pure contributory negligence law prohibits you from receiving any compensation.
Alabama Motorcycle Laws May Apply to Your Case
There are numerous state laws that apply to the ownership and operation of motorcycles. One or more of these laws could impact your claim, including when determining who is liable and whether you have the right to compensation.
Some of these potentially relevant motorcycle laws are:
If another vehicle caused your crash, but there is evidence you were violating one or more of these laws, contact our Mobile motorcycle accident lawyers immediately. The at-fault party may try to escape responsibility by using a small mistake or slip up against you.
Losing a Loved One in a Motorcycle Accident
When a motorcycle rider is hit by a vehicle, there is a significant change that they may lose their life. If your spouse, parent, child, or other relative was killed while riding, do not hesitate to reach out to our Mobile wrongful death lawyers. We have years of experience in handling claims related to traffic fatalities. We will explain Alabama’s wrongful death law, and if you are the personal representative of your loved one’s estate, we will guide you through this claim. We will pursue punitive damages to help you and your other family members obtain justice and move forward after the crash.
Let Our Mobile Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Fight for You
Whether you were injured during a motorcycle accident or you lost a loved one, you need the experience, knowledge, and skills the attorneys of Belt & Bruner, P.C. can provide. Going it alone is not the best option. It puts you at a significant disadvantage against a large insurer that has its own legal team to protect its bottom line. Instead of running the risk of being taken advantage of by an insurer, contact us today to have someone who is on your side and willing to aggressively fight for your right to compensation.