Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Most motorcyclists are cautious and keep safety in mind. But no matter how careful you may be, motorcyclists face a high risk of serious accidents due to other drivers' negligence. When a motorcycle accident happens due to another drivers' negligence on the road, victims and their families have the right to take legal action to seek justice and receive the compensation that they deserve. Motorcycles do not offer any protection to riders in the event of an accident. Most of the time the rider is left catastrophically injured, or killed as a result. Regardless of the cause of the motorcycle accident, riders often suffer from injuries like road rash, broken bones, brain injuries and spinal cord injuries, all of which can result in painful, long-term recoveries.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident that was the result of another driver, you have a legal right to seek compensation for injuries and other losses. The attorneys at J. Clay Benson, Attorney at Law, can help. Call (334) 356-1925 or toll free at (855) 94J-CLAY today for a free consultation. A Montgomery motorcycle accident lawyer will have the best advice after listening to the details of your situation and if needed, provide legal representation. We make sure your legal rights will be preserved that way you can concentrate on what matters most: healing.

About Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents claim thousands of lives every year throughout the United States. In 2008 alone, 5,290 motorcyclists lost their lives and 96,000 were injured. Motorcyclist fatalities increased by 2% from the previous year.

Some of the common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
  • Other drivers making left turns into the path of an oncoming motorcycle
  • Other drivers not seeing a motorcycle, causing them to pull out in front of a motorcycle or change lanes into a motorcycle
  • Distracted driving
  • Following too closely
  • Speeding.
  • Drunk driving
  • Road defects
These statistics give weight to just how serious a motorcycle accident may be. In fact, a motorcyclist (either rider or passenger) is estimated to be approximately 37 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a traffic accident.

Part of the reason is that motorcycles lack the impact-absorbing structure and the restraining devices that passenger vehicles provide. A motorcycle's design is open by nature, making it much easier for a rider to be thrown onto the road or into an object during a collision, increasing likelihood of severe injuries.

In addition to not having any outer protection, motorcycles and motorbikes weigh less than half of an average automobile, and much less than trucks. Because of these inherent safety disadvantages, a motorcycle rider who crashes into another vehicle can suffer serious injuries, including:
  • Head injuries
  • Neck and spine injuries
  • Paralysis/paraplegia
  • Serious internal injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Wrongful death
85 motorcycle fatalities occurred in Alabama during 2007. 77 of these riders were wearing helmets while eight were not. Statistical calculations estimate that had all of these riders been wearing helmets, three of these eight non-helmeted riders would likely have survived their accident. While statistics like this are often misinterpreted, the truth is there are hundreds of Alabama motorcyclists whose lives are saved every year because of helmet use. A motorcyclist who does not wear a helmet is risking one of the most common and most severe injuries that can happen during a motorcycle accident - TBI or traumatic brain injury. Some of the most common outcomes of TBI are:
  • A permanent inability to work
  • An ongoing need for rehabilitation services
  • An ongoing need for high-cost health care
  • A permanent need for assistance in every area of daily life
  • Constant episodes of anxiety and depression
  • Withdrawal and isolation from others
Contact An Alabama Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today
Call J. Clay Benson, Attorney at Law, at (334) 356-1925 or toll free at (855) 94J-CLAY — or use our online contact form for a free, no-obligation initial consultation. If our lawyers can assist you, we will proceed on a contingency-fee basis. This means we don't get paid for our services until you recover money. Please call as soon as possible to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.