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Bikers are attracted to motorcycles because they are a unique form of transportation. They offer an unparalleled sense of freedom and power on the road. But they also expose riders to more risk of injury than an ordinary automobile.
In fact, bikers are 37 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash and nine times more likely to be injured than passenger car occupants. Even non-fatal Alabama motorcycle accidents can result in brain injury, spine injuries, broken bones, road rash, burns, scars, and other serious or permanent injuries.
We know from experience that most motorcyclists are highly safety conscious and mindful of traffic safety because they understand the risks of an accident. Many motorcycle accidents are caused by the carelessness or negligence of others on the road. Regardless of how safe a rider you are, you cannot control the actions of other motorists on Alabama roads and highways or prevent them from acting carelessly.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an Alabama motorcycle accident, or if a loved one was killed in an Alabama motorcycle accident, you want to be sure to have experienced accident lawyers representing you. You want to choose a trusted lawyer who has helped many Alabama families. When the choice really matters, choose the Alabama motorcycle accident lawyers at Morris, King & Hodge, P.C. We want to help you get your life back on track. We offer a free case review and will explain your legal options. Contact us now for a free consultation.
How an Experienced Huntsville Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Can Assist You
Motorcycle accidents may cause catastrophic, life-changing injuries. Many riders require months of rehabilitation to regain their independence. If your injuries are severe, you may be left with permanent disabilities. You may be unable to work again or be unable to earn as much as before the accident.
The attorneys at Morris, King & Hodge, P.C., have decades of experience representing injured motorcyclists and dealing with insurance companies regarding accidents caused by the negligence of others.
We recognize that you and your family are going through a very stressful time as a result of the motorcycle accident. You probably would rather not deal with insurance companies or lawyers. But having an experienced motorcycle injury lawyer working on your behalf can help relieve your stress and allow you to concentrate on your recovery.
Our motorcycle accident lawyers will analyze the contributing factors in the accident and determine all the potentially liable parties. We will act with all deliberate speed to secure evidence of negligence and prepare a claim on your behalf.
If your injuries require ongoing medical care or will necessitate lifestyle adaptations to resume daily activities, we may work with medical economists to estimate the long-term financial impact of your injuries. These future expenses will be added to the cost of current medical treatment, surgery, physical therapy, medical equipment and lost wages to calculate your overall losses.
We will submit a claim for full compensation to the insurance companies of the at-fault party or parties and negotiate vigorously for a just settlement. We conduct a thorough investigation of each motorcycle wreck case so that we have all the facts at our command. Our attorneys are seasoned negotiators, and most cases are resolved without going to trial.
But if the insurer refuses to agree to a just settlement, our motorcycle accident lawyers are prepared after consulting with you to pursue justice in court. The trial lawyers at Morris, King & Hodge, P.C. have a proven record of verdicts and settlements. We have recovered more than $100 million in verdicts and settlements for clients. The fact that we are prepared to take a motorcycle accident case to trial if necessary works to the advantage of our clients as we negotiate to obtain a just settlement. Insurers do not like to go to court.
If your future is at stake, trust Morris, King & Hodge, P.C.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcyclists typically suffer the brunt of the injuries in crashes involving a motorcycle and an automobile or truck in Alabama. Motorcycles lack the protection of an enclosed passenger compartment or seat belt restraints.
A biker may sustain a head injury, traumatic brain injury (TBI), facial injury, broken collar bone, broken pelvis or other fractures in a collision. Incapacitating injuries are more common when the initial point of contact in a crash is the front of the motorcycle. In higher speed accidents, motorcyclists are often ejected from the motorcycle onto the road or thrown into another vehicle.
As the ridership of motorcycles has increased, the number of people killed and injured in motorcycle accidents has increased in recent years. Nationwide, nearly 5,000 motorcyclists died in accidents in 2015 and 88,000 riders sustained injuries, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The increase in accidents has been particularly pronounced among riders ages 40 and older who now account for a large portion of riders. Motorcyclist crashes represent approximately one of every seven fatal traffic accidents.
The common injuries in motorcycle accidents include:
- Lower Extremity Injuries—Leg injuries, knee injuries and pelvic injuries are the motorcyclist injuries most frequently treated in emergency rooms, according to the NHTSA. Severe lower limb injuries may require extended stays in a hospital or rehabilitation center and leave permanent impairments.
- Head Injuries—Head injuries are less common than injuries to lower extremities, but they are more severe. Riders who sustain traumatic brain injuries are more likely to be discharged to a rehabilitation center or a long-term care facility for ongoing treatment and to have higher treatment costs. Approximately one of every six motorcyclists treated at a hospital emergency room after a crash had a traumatic brain injury, according to a 2009 NHTSA study. Motorcyclists who have a traumatic brain injury are more likely to be discharged to a rehabilitation center or long-term care facility and incur higher medical costs.
- Leg Injuries—Injured riders sustain more leg injuries than any other type of lower extremity injury. Bone fractures such as fractures of the ankle and the femur, the long upper leg bone, are common leg injuries.
- Pelvis and Hip Injuries—Motorcycle crashes exert high-energy forces, and riders often sustain pelvic fractures. Pelvic fractures caused by high-impact crashes often require surgery to reconstruct the pelvis so the patients can resume normal activities.
- Facial Injuries—Motorcycle accidents involving higher speeds increase the risk of a rider sustaining facial injuries. Riders who are ejected from a motorcycle and hit the road or another hard surface may sustain facial fractures, lacerations, nerve damage or injuries causing disfigurement. Riders who are wearing helmets with face shields are less likely to suffer facial injuries. Extensive facial disfigurement may require multiple cosmetic surgeries.
- Nerve Damage—When a rider hits the pavement or a guardrail, a rider’s arm and shoulder often take the initial impact. That can stretch or tear nerves that send signals from your spin to your shoulder arm, causing a brachial plexus injury. Severe brachial plexus injuries can leave an arm paralyzed or with limited use of the arm. Surgery to graft nerves or muscle may help restore function.
- Spinal Injuries—Motorcycle accidents and auto accidents are leading causes of spinal injuries, accounting for a third of spinal cord injuries. About one of every 10 motorcyclists who is injured in a crash sustains a spinal injury, according to research published in Trauma, a medical journal. Injuries to the thoracic spine —the middle section of the spine—are the most common spinal injuries in motorcycle crashes. A rider also may sustain injuries to multiple levels of the spine.
If you or a loved one has sustained a serious injury in a motorcycle accident, you are likely facing a lengthy recovery and high dollar medical expenses. It is normal to feel overwhelmed in this situation, but you may have some options. You may be entitled to seek compensation for your losses if another party’s negligence or disregard for safety led to your injuries.
Our Alabama Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Are Familiar with the Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
- Driver Inattention
- Pulling Out in Front of a Motorcycle
- Turning Left into a Motorcycle
- Not Signaling Lane Changes
- Merging Automobiles Forcing Motorcycles Off the Road
- Failure to Act Responsibly during Motorcycle Slideouts
- Excessive Speed
- Weather Conditions
- DWI/DUI—Drunk Driving Accidents
- Negligent Use of Cell Phone
- Texting While Driving
- Negligent Design, Construction and Maintenance of Roads
- Negligent Entrustment
- Defective Products