Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Serving Alabama (AL) - Montlick & Associates
Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Fighting for Alabama Riders Injured or Killed by Careless Drivers
Our Law Firm Fights Hard For Motorcycle Injury Victims
We Know What It Takes to Win™ Motorcycle Accident Cases in Alabama
If you or someone close to you has suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent driver, a defective motorcycle, or a negligent mechanic, our lawyers are only a phone call away no matter where you are located in Alabama.* At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, our attorneys have recovered billions of dollars for our clients!** We are committed to providing outstanding legal services and have been standing up for injured motorcyclists for over 38 years.
Motorcycles lack safety features that are standard equipment in passenger vehicles, such as safety restraint systems, air bags, and a reinforced passenger enclosure. They offer virtually no protection from careless and distracted drivers, even for riders wearing protective gear. Moreover, bikes weigh significantly less than motor vehicles and have less stability than passenger vehicles. As a result, collisions involving motorcycles often result in severe trauma to the actual riders, causing extensive, catastrophic injuries. Motorcycles are also distinctively prone to accidents in that they are less stable because they have two wheels rather than four, they require greater balance and quick reflexes, they are more difficult to see than larger and wider vehicles, they fit into smaller spaces than regular vehicles, and drivers experience difficulty noticing riders in neighboring lanes and when they are making turns in front of oncoming traffic.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a motorcycle accident caused by the actions of another party, contact our Motorcycle Accident and Injury Lawyers today! Our attorneys can explain what legal rights are available to you and advise on the steps necessary to protect those rights. Contact us by calling at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or by dialing #WIN (#946) from your cell phone for a Free Case Evaluation. You also can utilize our Free 24-Hour Chat Service or submit a Case Evaluation Form at Montlick.com.
Common Challenges Motorcycle Accident Victims Face in Pursuing their Claims.
Motorcycle accidents claim the lives of over 5,000 people on U.S. roadways each year. When considered on a per mile traveled basis, riders are twenty-eight (28) times more likely to die in a collision than occupants of passenger vehicles, according to insurance industry data. Given the common severity of injuries associated with these types of cases, insurance companies are incentivized to do what they can to avoid paying you in order to increase their profits, and they will commonly use industry tactics and strategies to do so. Despite what their representatives tell you, insurance companies do not care about you, and they are committed to paying you as little as possible, or even nothing at all.
Shortly after an accident, insurance adjusters often attempt to call victims in order to speak to them over a recorded line as part of their effort in finding any information they can to deny or minimize their claims, and they often take statements that claimants make in these interviews out of context in an effort to do so. Insurance companies also tend to exploit victims’ common lack of experience with the claims and legal processes. Hiring an attorney can be a critical step to protecting your legal rights and obtaining valuable compensation for your injuries. Our attorneys are experienced, and know the nuances of Alabama’s claims process and how to navigate the legal system.
Alabama’s Helmet Law – Potential Pitfalls
Alabama’s legislators have taken action in the past with the hopes of curtailing the serious consequences of these types of accidents, such as requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets that meet the State’s safety standards. Alabama Code §32-5A-245, 32-12-41.
These laws serve an important public interest, but a motorcyclist victim of an automobile accident who did not wear their helmet in violation of the law can be held contributorily negligent when making a claim for injuries against a defendant driver or company, depending on the circumstances of what happened. For example, if the motorcycle victim not wearing a helmet fractured their foot in the accident, it would be difficult to prove that the helmet would have made a difference to the nature or extent of the injury. On the other hand, if the accident caused the victim to sustain a head injury, failure to wear a helmet can result in a finding that the plaintiff was partially at fault for their injury. In Alabama’s contributory negligence system, even if a plaintiff is found 1% at fault for the cause of their accident or injury, they are barred from a recovery for compensation.
Insurance companies use this law to their advantage, and also attempt, whenever possible, to hold motorcyclists responsible for the causes of their accidents as well. Our attorneys fight hard on behalf of each individual client in order to maximize the value of their claims under the law and get them the compensation they deserve, which may include, among others, compensation for medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. When necessary and appropriate, we also file suit, engage in litigation, and ultimately take cases to trial.
Prompt Action Is Needed to Safeguard Legal Rights– Beware of Crucial Deadlines
Alabama’s Statute of Limitation
Missing certain legal deadlines and statutes will bar your potential claim or a lawsuit, which is why it is important to receive a consultation on your case as soon as possible. Alabama’s Statute of Limitation is generally two years from the date of your accident, but there are exceptions to this rule that can shorten or lengthen this deadline! Failure to resolve or file a lawsuit before the deadline lapses, will permanently bar your recovery. An experienced attorney can review the facts of your case as well as the applicable law, and advise you of the important deadlines that apply.
WARNING: Other timing requirements, the facts of your potential case and legal exceptions can shorten or lengthen the time for pursuing a claim. In addition, depending on the details surrounding your specific case, other legal doctrines can apply. For example, if your legal claim is against a government entity, there may be shorter legal notification requirements that must be complied with in order to preserve your ability to bring a claim.
Contractual and Evidentiary Concerns
In addition to legal deadlines, there are other reasons not to delay in obtaining legal assistance. For example, most automobile insurance policies contain their own contractual notification deadlines that, if allowed to lapse, can result in a denial of important and valuable insurance claims, such as those relating to uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage. Moreover, crucial witnesses can forget what happened if not interviewed quickly, and video footage or evidence from the scene can disappear if too much time passes.
Our lawyers identify all potentially applicable deadlines, file claims timely, gather and preserve relevant evidence when appropriate, and fight to maximize the value of our clients’ cases under the law.
Do not delay in protecting your legal rights! Call Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or by simply dialing #WIN (#946) from your mobile phone. We also can be contacted at Montlick.com where you can submit a Free Case Evaluation form 24/7 or utilize our 24-Hour Live Chat.
What Monetary Compensation Is Recoverable in My Potential Motorcycle Injury Claim?
While the precise value of a claim arising out of motorcycle collision-related injuries cannot be determined at the outset of a case, our lawyers pursue all types of damages available to our clients under the law, based on the specific facts and circumstances of their cases. While each case is unique, some of the available damages to pursue on an Alabama motorcycle injury case may include the following:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Mental Anguish
- Loss of Consortium
- Punitive damages (awarded to punish and discourage malicious, egregious or intentional conduct, such as a DUI or a Hit & Run, and also in the case of wrongful death claims)
Additional factors that could also affect the monetary value of your potential case may include the severity and permanence of any injuries, impairment ratings, the likeability of potential witnesses, doctor testimony, police officer testimony and any existing video footage. Even the specific county or venue, in which a case must be filed should the matter proceed through litigation and ultimately to trial, can affect the value of a case. Our skilled attorneys handle ALL types of personal injury cases and can advise our clients on a predicted range of value of our clients’ cases once we have reviewed all of the relevant facts and evidence, all evidence has been assembled, and we have reviewed the nature, extent and prognosis of the injuries claimed.
Talk to an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Injury Lawyer
Have you or someone you loved been injured in a motorcycle collision? With over 38 years of experience, Our Attorneys Know What It Takes to Win™! Our attorneys serve clients in Alabama and Nationwide.** Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law can be reached for a Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or by simply dialing #WIN (#946) from your mobile phone. We also can be contacted through our website by taking advantage of our free 24-Hour Live Chat Service or by submitting a Free Case Evaluation Form at Montlick.com.
*Legal Services are provided by Montlick & Associates, P.C. and when appropriate local associated law firms at no additional cost to you depending on the jurisdiction, and any specialized expertise required. For more information, click here.
**Dollars recovered are cumulative and are not indicative of individual case results. Each case is unique. Results depend on the facts and applicable law.