Alabama Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Filing a Claim After a Motorcycle Accident
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) reports that motorcyclists are as much as 35 times more likely to be involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident than those in standard passenger vehicles. Even with the proper safety gear—such as motorcycle helmets and heavy clothing—motorcyclists simply do not have the same protections as occupants of motor vehicles, meaning they are at a much higher risk of catastrophic injury and death.
At Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law, we recognize the unique challenges injured motorcyclists face after collisions with larger, heavier motor vehicles. If you or someone you love was involved in a motorcycle accident in Alexander City, Birmingham, or any of the surrounding areas, reach out to our firm right away to learn how our attorneys can help you seek the fair compensation you are owed. We proudly serve clients throughout the state of Alabama and can assist you in English or Spanish.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?
There is a common and widespread misconception that motorcyclists are typically risky, dangerous drivers. While there are always some exceptions to the rule, the truth is that the majority of motorcyclists are incredibly skilled and defensive drivers. In fact, most motorcycle accidents happen not because of the motorcyclist’s recklessness or error but due to the negligence of the other motorist involved.
Some common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Fatigued driving
- Tailgating (following too closely)
- Unsafe turns
- Failing to check for motorcyclists in blind spots
- Illegal passing
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Opening car doors into motorcyclists
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Aggressive driving
- Road rage
- Unsafe merging
- Cutting off motorcyclists
These and other types of negligent driving can have devastating consequences for motorcyclists. In some cases, accidents may result from or be exacerbated by poor weather conditions, auto defects, dangerous roadways, or defective safety gear. At Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law, our Alabama motorcycle accident attorneys know how to evaluate all available evidence to determine exactly how the crash occurred and, most importantly, who is at fault. If appropriate, we can assist you in filing a standard personal injury claim, as well as a product liability claim against a liable manufacturer.
Fault & Liability in Motorcycle Accident Claims
Alabama is what is known as a “fault-based” state when it comes to motor vehicle collisions and injury claims. This means that injured accident victims must file claims against the at-fault party’s insurance provider to receive compensation for their damages, such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. As such, proving the fault of the other party is a critical element of your claim.
Proving fault is doubly important due to the fact that Alabama follows a contributory negligence rule. Under this rule, an injured accident victim cannot file a claim for compensation if they are even one percent at fault for the crash. This is a much harsher rule than the rule of comparative negligence, which many states follow, and which allows injured parties to seek reduced compensation based on their percentage of fault.
Because Alabama has such strict rules regarding fault and liability, it is important that you work with an attorney after a motorcycle accident. At Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law, we not only know how to build powerful, evidence-based claims for our clients, but we also know how to present these cases to judges and juries that may already have a bias against motorcycle riders. We have more than 30 years of experience in this area of law and have recovered over $1 billion for our clients in settlements and jury verdicts.
How Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law Can Help with Your Motorcycle Accident Claim
If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, you are likely dealing with significant injuries and damages. Right now, you should be focused on getting the medical care you need to heal—not on fighting with the insurance company for a fair settlement.
At Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law, we are prepared to assist you with every legal detail, including but not limited to:
- Investigating the accident to determine what happened and who is liable
- Working with accident reconstructionist and other experts to build your case
- Developing innovative legal strategies tailored to your unique situation
- Gathering and presenting applicable evidence in support of your claim
- Putting together and filing necessary documents and paperwork
- Communicating with the insurance company on your behalf
- Helping you find and obtain proper medical treatment and care (if needed)
- Answering any questions you may have throughout the legal process
- Advocating for your maximum recovery and preparing for litigation
- Representing you and your best interests at trial if necessary
We are here to help you every step of the way, from the moment you call until the moment your case is resolved. Our Alabama motorcycle accident attorneys provide compassionate and personalized legal counsel, coupled with an aggressive approach aimed at securing maximum recovery on your behalf.
What is the most common motorcycle crash injury?
Motorcycle accidents tend to result in catastrophic bodily injuries. Some of the most common include friction burns (road rash), broken bones, lacerations, bruises, head injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and accidental amputation.
What should I do if I crash my motorcycle?
If you are involved in a motorcycle crash, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. If necessary, call 911. You should also make sure that the police come to the scene of the accident so that they can file an official accident report. Alabama law requires you to file a report for any accident resulting in injury, death, or property damage over $500. Next, if you can, be sure to get the other driver’s name, contact information, and insurance information. If you are unable to get this information, the police should obtain it for you. Talk to any witnesses and get their names and contact information if you can and document any available evidence by taking photos of the scene, your injuries, your bike, etc. Preserve damaged clothing and wait to have your bike repaired, if possible, as it can provide valuable evidence for your claim. After the crash, avoiding speaking to anyone from the other person’s insurance company and never make any statements or sign anything without first speaking to a lawyer. You should always consider contacting an attorney after a motorcycle accident.
Can I file a claim if I was injured but I wasn’t wearing a motorcycle helmet?
Under Alabama’s motorcycle helmet law, anyone who operates or rides a motorcycle must wear an approved motorcycle helmet. If you were not wearing a helmet when you were injured, the insurance adjuster may argue that you were partially negligent. Because Alabama follows a contributory negligence rule, if you are found to be even one percent negligent, you cannot file a claim for compensation.
Why should I hire a motorcycle accident lawyer?
Studies have found that people who hire motorcycle accident attorneys typically recover better, faster settlements than people who try to handle their claims on their own. A lawyer can not only advocate for the maximum recovery you are owed after an accident but can also ensure your rights are protected every step of the way. There are no upfront or out-of-pocket fees when you hire a lawyer from Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law; instead, we only get paid if you do. Contact us today to learn more.