Birmingham Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Aggressive representation for riders and passengers
There are few things that feel more freeing than taking to the road on a motorcycle. Unfortunately, a lot of drivers don’t give riders the space they need to be safe, and that puts bikers and their passengers in danger. At Mezrano Law Firm, we know that a bike wreck often leads to life-long injuries. That is why our Birmingham motorcycle injury attorneys will fight hard to get the compensation you need after a crash. Call us today to find out how we can help.
Fast facts about motorcycle crashes in Alabama
According to Drive Safe Alabama’s most recent data, there were 1,918 accidents involving motorcycles in 2017; 1,222 injures and 79 fatalities were reported. In short, almost 64% of all motorcycle accidents led to some kind of injury – more than double the injury rates for car accidents that same year.
Popular roads for motorcycle rides
There is no debate that Alabama is an ideal state for a motorcycle ride. The hills and valleys of the Appalachian Plateau, as well as the pine forests in Talladega, offer gorgeous views. In the Birmingham area, it’s common to see bikers traveling along the Central Alabama Loop, or traveling around Smooth Lake between Crane Hill and Bremen. We even have our own “mini Dragon,” if you take I-20 to US 25.
The problem with these routes, however, is that many are not unique to riders. That means you have to share the road with drivers who may or may not give you the space you need to ride safely. A collision with a car could leave you with serious injuries.
Road hazards for motorcycle riders
The hills of Appalachia may be pretty, but they provide little visibility even under the best of conditions. Tighter curves make it more difficult to maintain lanes (especially when sharing the roads with tractor-trailers), and there is always a risk of road debris traveling down the hills, and collecting at the bottom.
The other risk for riders is in the very soil of our roads. Bama soil – the state soil of Alabama – is mostly sand and loam, which makes it ideal for planting. It does, however, tend to erode when it’s exposed on a slope. What that means is that roads and trails along our hills are less stable. Add that to Jefferson County’s tendency to used less dense asphalt when paving, and it can be very easy for a rider to skid or slide out, especially after a dry season.
Motorcycle accidents can cause severe injuries
Because motorcycles offer less protection, the injuries you sustain in a crash can be far more severe. Even if you are wearing a helmet, it may not be enough to prevent all level of injury (though it could be the difference between being injured and being killed). Other injuries include:
- Traumatic brain damage
- Spinal cord damage and paralysis
- Skull fractures
- Broken or shattered bones, including collar bones, hips, knees, elbows, and all extremities and limbs
- Organ perforation
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement
- Crushing injuries leading to amputation
What you should know about road rash
Road rash is a “cutesy” name for the severe lacerations and scratches you can sustain if you are thrown from your bike. It is rooted in the act of a body literally sliding across the road, sometimes for multiple yards. That type of trauma can literally skin you to the bone, and can leave you with serious disfigurement. You may need skin graphs to treat the condition, and the risk of infection setting in can be high.
Wearing a helmet does more than just save your life
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, “Helmets are about 37 percent effective in preventing motorcycle deaths and about 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries.” On the one hand, wearing a helmet decreases your chance of dying on the road. On the other hand, they are not 100% effective. So, should you wear one?
Absolutely yes, you should! Not only is it the law in Alabama, but the data shows that you are more likely to survive a crash when you’re wearing a helmet. You can still be injured even with a helmet, but it can decrease your risk of death or brain injury by measurably high percentages.
Furthermore, if you are hit by a car and you sustain head injuries because you weren’t wearing a helmet, you could be barred from collecting any award, even if the accident was not your fault. This is because of Alabama’s strict contributory negligence laws. The law states that if you are in any way responsible for your own injuries – if you contributed to them in any way – you can be barred from collecting damages. A defense attorney will argue that by breaking the law and not wearing a helmet, you are to blame for the severity of your injuries – and a judge is very likely to see it that way, too.
How a Birmingham motorcycle injury lawyer can help you
If you have sustained a serious injury after a crash on your motorcycle, Mezrano Law Firm is ready to help:
- We review your medical records and make sure you know what tests to ask for, so that a potential brain injury is not left undiagnosed.
- We investigate the scene of your accident, and work with accident reconstructionists to show how it occurred.
- We look into any product defects that could have affected your bike, your protective gear, or the road you were on when you were hit.
- We interview witnesses and work with the police to understand what happened.
- We deal with the insurance company, the rental company, and any creditors who won’t stop calling.
On top of it all, we prepare your case as if you were going to trial. Even if you decide a settlement is better for you, insurance companies may offer you a more just settlement award from the start when they realize that you have come prepared to take your personal injury claim to court, if necessary.
Birmingham motorcycle accident lawyers with your best interests at heart
If you sustained injuries in a motorcycle wreck in Birmingham, the injury lawyer you choose can make all the difference to your future. At Mezrano Law Firm, we know the stakes. Let us help. To schedule your free consultation, please call 205-206-6300 or fill out our contact form.
If you have a case, you have a lawyer. Call us today to learn more.