Motorcycle Accidents Can Cause Life-Changing Injuries
Unlike a motorist, who is surrounded by steel, airbags, and restrained by a seatbelt, bikers are incredibly vulnerable during a crash. Even if you’re an incredibly responsible biker, follow Alabama’s road rules, wear a helmet, and a protective vest or jacket, you can suffer catastrophic injuries in a motorcycle crash — especially if you’re hit by a car or truck.
At Petro Accident and Injury Attorneys, we often see the following types of motorcycle accident injuries:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and concussions
- Broken bones
- Dislocated shoulders and joints
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
- Facial and dental injuries, including disfigurement
- Neck, back, and spine injuries
- Soft tissues injuries, including lacerations, contusions, and road rash
- Anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder
Even if their injuries aren’t fatal, many victims find themselves unable to return to their pre-accident lives.
They also may require extensive medical care, including multiple surgeries, chronic pain management, counseling, and intensive physical therapy and rehabilitation. During their recovery, they may be unable to work, care for their loved ones, or tend to their personal needs. This can be difficult for even the toughest person to handle. And to make matters worse, insurance companies frequently deny bikers’ injury claims.
Holding At-Fault Parties Responsible After a Motorcycle Accident
Unlike in some states, an at-fault driver or biker in Alabama is responsible for the injuries they cause during a wreck. In other words, if a distracted driver “doesn’t see you” and crashes into your bike, rather than yielding the right of way, they should be responsible for your medical bills and lost income. However, things are rarely that simple in a motorcycle accident.
Alabama applies a strict theory of contributory negligence in motor vehicle and motorcycle accidents. In other words, if you contributed to the crash at all — even by 1% — you cannot receive compensation for your injuries.
Unfortunately, many people think that bikers are irresponsible thrill-seekers. It’s not uncommon for insurance companies to try to shift blame to a responsible biker, even though they did nothing wrong. To combat this and other insurance company tactics, you need a skilled motorcycle accident lawyer at your side.
At Petro Accident and Injury Attorneys, we carefully investigate motorcycle crashes for our clients. We study police reports, consult with witnesses, and sometimes even hire accident reconstructionists and other experts to identify the exact causes of an accident. Our goal is to give our clients the best possible chance of recovering, and we know that a detailed investigation and a well-crafted litigation strategy is essential to this endeavor.
What Is My Motorcycle Accident Claim Worth?
Any honest motorcycle accident lawyer will tell you that every injury claim is unique and deserves a personalized assessment. Don’t be tempted by those online settlement calculators. They can never provide the kind of deep analysis that a lawyer can deliver. However, there are some common themes in motorcycle accidents.
Depending on your facts and circumstances, you may be entitled to:
- Economic damages: compensation for your lost income, wage-earning capacity, medical bills, and other out-of-pocket expenses
- Non-economic damages: payments that acknowledge your emotional losses, pain and suffering, and the reduction in your quality of life
- Punitive damages: awarded in the most egregious cases, these damages punish an at-fault driver or biker for intentional or highly reckless conduct
When you meet with one of our Alabama motorcycle accident lawyers, we’ll help you understand your potential damages and carefully calculate their value.
When we calculate a biker’s damages, we consider every aspect of their life and their future needs. We also carefully research the insurance policies that apply to their claims, including liability insurance, personal injury protection policies, and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. Besides compiling your existing medical bills and lost income, we will also take into account:
- your anticipated medical needs,
- need for repeat surgeries or long-term care, and
- any reduction in your wage-earning capacity.
This holistic and detailed approach helps us fully understand our clients’ losses — and explain them to a jury.
When Should I File My Motorcycle Claim?
Alabama, like other states, has strict filing deadlines in motorcycle and car accident claims. If you do not file your injury claim within two years of your accident, you will lose your right to compensation. However, you should never wait until the last minute to contact a motorcycle accident lawyer.
It takes time to properly investigate and negotiate a motorcycle accident claim. The longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to prepare your case for trial. Moreover, you may discover that evidence has been destroyed and witnesses have forgotten vital details about your crash.
The sooner you contact Petro Accident and Injury Attorneys, the sooner we can assess your claim and get working on your motorcycle accident claims. To request a free, no-risk evaluation contact us today.
Discuss Your Claims With an Experienced Alabama Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
When you work with a motorcycle accident lawyer at Petro Accident and Injury Attorneys, you can have peace of mind. We combine a detailed understanding of the law with careful investigations, tireless advocacy, and a passion for victims’ rights. If you’d like to learn more about our approach to motorcycle injury claims, contact us for a free consultation today. When you call or email us, our staff will take your information and connect you with a member of our team best suited to handle your specific needs. We look forward to speaking with you.
“I was referred by a friend to use Petro Accident & Injury Attorneys on a motorcycle accident that I was involved in. Mark did a very good job taking care of every issue for me in a timely manner. I would recommend Petro Accident & Injury Attorneys to anyone.” Mark Mudryk