The injury lawyers of Morris, King & Hodge, P.C., aggressively represent people who have been hurt in motorcycle accidents in Florence and surrounding areas of Alabama. We have seen firsthand the devastation that a motorcycle accident can cause, and we are committed to seeking full compensation for accident victims.
Following a catastrophic injury accident, victims deserve more than just an apology and basic medical treatment. They deserve nothing less than the highest quality care and the compensation they need to move on with their life. If the negligence of a motorist, commercial vehicle driver, a vehicle manufacturer, or another party caused you harm, we’ll be there to help you get justice.
Our team has been widely recognized for our work on behalf of our clients. We will work hard to earn your respect through our dedicated, personalized service and effective legal representation.
We offer no cost, no obligation consultations about your case. If you hire us, we will work on a contingency-fee basis, which means that you won’t pay us anything unless and until we secure money for your motorcycle injury claim.
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Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Florence
There are countless ways that a motorcycle accident can happen, but the sad fact is that many catastrophic accidents are caused by the reckless or careless actions of others. When this happens, the biker is put at risk of serious or fatal injuries.
Some of the most common causes of motorcycle crashes include:
- Distracted driving
- Negligent entrustment
- Negligent exit (dooring)
- Negligent design, construction, and maintenance of roads
- Left-turn or right-turn accidents
- Lane-change accidents
- Failure to signal
- Lane-splitting accident
- Drunk or drugged driving accidents
- Merging accidents
- Adverse weather
- Defective motorcycle design or defective parts
In some cases, a motorcycle could be involved in a single-vehicle accident, but another party could still be liable. If a roadway defect, for example, caused the crash, a government entity could be liable for the biker’s injuries. If the bike was taken in for repairs and the shop was negligent in performing their services and the bike crashed as a result, the injured biker could file a claim against the shop owner.
Common Types of Motorcycle Injuries in Florence Accidents
Alabama Code § 32-5A-245 establishes that a person must wear protective headgear and shoes to operate a motorcycle in Alabama. Helmets can indeed play important roles in preventing serious head injuries, but they cannot prevent all injuries.
Motorcycle crashes often result in violent collisions that often throw motorcyclists from their bikes and onto the hard pavement, causing additional injuries.
Common injuries motorcyclists could suffer include:
- Nerve damage
- Back injury
- Organ damage
- Eye injury
- Spinal cord injury
Unfortunately, not all bikers survive these violent collisions. When a person riding a motorcycle is killed in an accident, their family members could be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party or parties.
How to Prove Liability for a Florence Motorcycle Accident
Accident victims who are seeking to establish liability for a motorcycle accident need to hire a qualified Florence motorcycle accident lawyer right away. An experienced attorney can conduct an independent investigation to the real cause of the crash, collect all relevant evidence, and identify all potentially liable parties.
It is common for victims to be worried about their ability to recover compensation if they were partially at fault for their motorcycle accidents. The unfortunate news is that Alabama is one of only five states in the nation that recognize contributory negligence. Under contributory negligence, a plaintiff cannot recover any damages from a defendant if the plaintiff’s own negligence contributed in any way to an accident.
Contributory negligence concerns are one of the primary reasons that you must be extra careful about what you say and who you speak to after your motorcycle crash. Be especially cautious not to share anything on social media, since Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social profiles have become the first places insurance companies look to find information that could harm your case.
An insurance company for the driver involved in your accident may contact you and tell you that a claims adjuster has been assigned to your case. The claims adjuster will then usually ask you to provide a recorded statement. You should politely refuse to give any statements until you have legal representation.
Morris, King & Hodge, P.C., is prepared to negotiate with the other party’s insurance company to obtain a fair settlement offer for you. We are not afraid to file a lawsuit and go to battle in court when an insurance company does not make a fair offer. Our firm understands the lifetime of costs that motorcycle accident victims incur, and we fight to help people get back to the condition they were in before their accidents or at least as close to possible to their pre-accident life.
How Can Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Florence at Morris, King & Hodge, P.C., Help Me?
Did you suffer catastrophic injuries in a motorcycle crash in Florence or a surrounding area of Alabama? Did you lose a family member in a tragic accident that was not their fault? If so, our team is standing by to provide compassionate, knowledgeable counsel for you. We’ll sit down with you, answer your questions, and give you an honest evaluation of your case and how we can help you.
Morris, King & Hodge, P.C., has been helping those who are hurt in Alabama get justice since 1966. You can have our attorneys explore all of your legal options as soon as you call us or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.