Motorcycle Accidents in Alabama

Although there are hundreds of motorcycle accidents in Alabama every year, thousands of people still choose to operate a motorcycle on a daily basis, even as a primary vehicle for a single person. Because so many people continue to operate a motorcycle even with the rising trends in larger vehicle purchases, the numbers of people being seriously hurt or even killed in motorcycle accidents also continues to rise. Here are some sobering statistics that may make you decide to park your motorcycle:

  • Slideouts—sliding into a crash—are the primary cause of accidents and injuries for motorcyclists, often because the driver overcorrected or over-braked
  • Drinking and driving accounts for thousands of accidents statewide, and the statistic is only marginally lower for motorcycles than for other types of vehicle
  • Helmets, or lack thereof, are the biggest determining factor in the severity of injuries when a motorcycle is involved in an accident

While the number of injuries stays steady or rises each year in most parts of the United States, increased safety precautions and applicable safety laws have begun to reduce the number of fatalities each year due to motorcycle accident. This does not indicate that the number will continue to drop, but simply that 2009 was a better year for motorcyclists than many prior years. Only time will tell whether that number continues to decline.

Typical Injuries

Obviously, the severity of injuries has the potential to be significantly worse during a motorcycle accident than during a passenger vehicle accident since the driver and/or passenger have far fewer protections against the road and other hazards during a motorcycle accident. Common injuries, aside from death, include, but are not limited to:

  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Broken bones
  • Skull fractures
  • Joint injuries

Motorcycle Accident Attorney

If you or someone that you love were injured in a motorcycle accident, you will need someone on your side to fight for compensation. Medical bills, rehabilitation, ongoing medical treatment, follow up visits, loss of wages, lost time with family and friends, and pain/suffering contribute to serious income deficits and time that cannot be recovered with the ones that you love. You may even have lost someone special due to a motorcycle accident, whether it was a parent, spouse, child, close relative, or someone similar.

We have decades of experience fighting for people just like you who have been involved in motorcycle accidents. Let our expertise work for you, fighting to receive the compensation that you are entitled to! It takes a lot of detailed and in-depth work to develop an accident injury case, so consult with us early in order to begin building a successful strategy in your case.


About handlawfirm

Born September 12, 1964, Ben earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management degree from Auburn University in 1987 and a Juris Doctorate degree from Cumberland School of Law in 1990. Ben has been a practicing attorney since 1990 and spent six years in Central America. He is familiar with customs and conditions of the region and is fluent in Spanish. Ben established and is currently the Vice President of the Legal and Contracting with Emergency Response Training Systems, the only company to run military style software (jcats/acats) for training of civilian law enforcement (ERTS Opelika, Alabama). This also provides homeland security training for the Auburn University Homeland Security department. Ben Hand is the winner of various Who’s-Who Awards, the Republican of the year for 2001, and a Republican Nominee for the U.S. House in 1994. He is licensed to practice law in Alabama and Georgia. Ben founded Hand, Fellows and Associates law firm and is the founding member of the board of directors of Beacon University in Columbus, Georgia. Ben currently represents thirty-two different non-profit organizations in Alabama, Texas, Georgia and Tennessee. He is a business legal adviser to seventy-five different small businesses and corporations. Ben was hired by Chief of police, Terry Sanders, to represent him in a dispute with the Valley City Council in Valley, Alabama and was also hired by Chief of Police, Ben Brown, to represent him in negotiations with the Lanett City Council and the mayor of Lanett, Alabama. The former city attorney for Uniontown, Alabama, Ben is a city prosecutor for cities of Opelika and Roanoke in Alabama. Ben is a family court referee in Lee County, Alabama and was appointed by Governor Bob Riley as an Administrative Law Judge for State Health Planning and Development Agency. He successfully represented the State Republican party in Lee County during Governor Bob Riley’s election challenge 2002. Governor Bob Riley was elected by a narrow margin and the outgoing Governor challenged the election. Ben was asked by Governor Riley to represent him in Lee County. Governor Riley won and the challenge was dropped by the outgoing Governor. Ben was a guest lecturer for the Auburn University Safe House. He instructed the local law enforcement and Domestic Violence counselors on obtaining protection from abuse orders. Ben was a guest lecturer for Auburn University SOAR for lawyers and realtors on construction law. He is an elder at Believers Church in Auburn, AL and on the board of directors for the Spirit of Life Church in Murfreesboro, TN. Ben is a Gideon speaker and member since 1992 and a Municipal Judge in Wedowee, Alabama since 1995. Ben%2
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