Birmingham Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Aggressive Lawyers Representing Injured Bikers Across Birmingham
The Birmingham motorcycle accident attorneys of Salter Ferguson, LLC pursue financial compensation for people who are injured in motorbike accidents. We also represent the family members of those victims who have lost their lives in motorcycle wrecks. If you were injured or if a member of your family died in a motorcycle accident, please contact our personal injury law firm in Birmingham to arrange a free consultation and case evaluation. A motorcycle is more than just a form of transportation. It makes getting from point A to point B an adventure. A motorcycle provides a sense of freedom because very little comes between a biker and the open road.
The same qualities that make motorcycling so exciting also make it extremely dangerous. Motorcycle accidents caused by the negligence of other drivers result in fatalities and serious injuries on Alabama roads and highways every year.
Millions of Dollars for Injury Victims in Alabama
Attorneys Karen Salter and Carmen Ferguson have more than 30 years of combined legal experience and a record of success in motorcycle accident cases. We have won millions of dollars in financial compensation for injured people. When you retain us as your law firm, you will never have to worry about whether your attorney is up to the task.
Recovering Compensation After a Motorcycle Accident in Birmingham
Because motorcycles don’t have the same built-in protections as passenger vehicles do, cyclists can be at greater risk if they end up in an accident. Sometimes, the injuries can be life-altering. When you suffer injuries in a motorcycle accident on Alabama roads due to another party’s negligence, you may be eligible for compensation.
While you can represent yourself throughout the claims process, doing so can add an additional level of pressure to an already stressful situation. Alabama motorcycle accident laws involve different processes than passenger vehicle accidents, as well as several legal procedures and strict statutes of limitations. In addition, some injuries can have longer lasting effects that are worth much more in compensation than you may expect – amounts that insurance companies aren’t always willing to pay. Alabama’s contributory negligence laws can also make it difficult to receive compensation.
At Salter Ferguson, LLC, our motorcycle accident attorneys believe your priority as a victim of a motorcycle accident should be on recovery and getting your life on track. Our skilled Birmingham motorcycle wreck attorneys work to handle all legal matters of your case, from initial evaluation of the accident to fighting against insurance companies in court, if necessary. We craft a strategy suited to your unique case and treat you with the compassion that you deserve while going through such a tumultuous time.
Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may be eligible for multiple types of damages, including medical, financial, mental, and loss of wages. You may also be able to pursue compensation from the other driver in your accident or the motorcycle manufacturer if a defective part led to your injuries. No matter who is at fault for your accident, we’ll talk you through your rights and help you determine the best course of action to help your case.
Built-in Risks for Motorcycle Riders in Birmingham
Motorcycles aren’t as stable as four-wheeled vehicles and they lack protective enclosures. Both of these qualities puts motorcyclists at high risk of injury should something go wrong. Serious injuries are common, including:
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Multiple fractures
- Severe abrasions (road rash)
- Internal injuries
Alabama Helmet Laws
Helmets can help prevent serious head and brain injuries in a motorcycle accident. Recognizing the benefits of these pieces of safety gears, Alabama has a universal motorcycle helmet law that requires all motorcyclists and their passengers to wear helmets while operating or riding on a motorcycle, regardless of their age.
The helmet must meet all state regulations, such as:
- Being manufactured specifically for motorcycle riders and passengers
- Having a hard exterior shell
- Having a shock absorbent cradle for the head
- Having padding that is impact resistant, absorbent, and has proper levels of thickness in all places where it contacts the head
- Not using any materials that cause skin irritation or disease
- Having an adjustable, permanently attached chin strap
All drivers and passengers must secure the chin strap while driving or riding the motorcycle. Wearing a helmet, but not securing the chin strap, still counts as a violation of law. While Alabama law doesn’t require helmets to have a visor, any visor that is on the helmet must be flexible or snap on. The visor should rest no more than a quarter of an inch above the exterior shell’s surface.
State motorcycle laws do allow for an exception to wearing helmets: when a passenger is riding in a sidecar with an enclosed cab, he or she does not need to wear a helmet. However, if the cab does not have an enclosure, passengers must wear helmets.
Besides the impact on your safety and in abiding the law, not wearing a helmet can have an impact on your case. If you sustain injuries to the head while not wearing a helmet, you will likely not receive any form of compensation for those injuries because of your negligence. You can still receive compensation for injuries elsewhere on your body, but the court may not look favorably on you in rewarding such payouts.
Wearing a helmet is not only the law, but it can be the difference between life and death in a motorcycle accident.
Hazards for Motorcyclists on Birmingham, AL Roads
The negligence of other drivers compounds the risk of getting hurt while riding a motorcycle. Cars, trucks, buses, and other vehicles regularly turn in front of oncoming motorcycles, cut them off in traffic or swerve into their lane. Sometimes debris dropped on the roadway by a negligent driver causes a motorcycle to lose control. To learn more about dangers of car wrecks speak to a Birmingham car accident lawyer at Salter Ferguson, LLC today.
Drivers who hit motorcycles often say, “I didn’t see him,” when in reality they just didn’t look. It is the duty of every driver to be alert to the other vehicles on the road, especially motorcycles.
Contact an Experienced Birmingham Motorcycle Accident Lawyer About Your Case
To arrange a free initial consultation with a member of our legal team, contact our personal injury law firm online to speak with a dedicated member of our team. We offer a flexible appointment schedule to accommodate your medical appointments and your employment commitments. We will also schedule home or hospital visits when you are unable to travel to our office. From our office in Birmingham, we represent people injured in motorcycle accidents throughout central Alabama.