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.
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.