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If you’re injured in a crash, a Daphne motorcycle accident lawyer can protect your legal rights and help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. These accidents often cause severe injuries. A fair insurance settlement or jury verdict may be the difference between getting your life back on track and having lost income and a stack of unpaid medical bills.

A Daphne motorcycle accident lawyer at Caldwell Wenzel & Asthana will deal with the insurance company while you focus on recovery. Protect your legal rights through an insurance claim or lawsuit filed by attorneys you can trust. Call us today at (251) 444-7000.

Your motorcycle crash may be the result of a mistake by the other driver, or it could be a complex event with many causes. That’s way having a Daphne motorcycle accident lawyer is beneficial to your cases, our attorneys have the experience to ensure all parties are held accountable for their actions. 

Daphne, AL, Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Understand It’s Tough to Ride Safely

The open riding experience that makes motorcycling special also causes danger. The motorcycle provides little or no physical protection. You have only your helmet, proper clothing, and footwear.

Motorcyclists face many challenges to traveling safely, including:

  • Visual recognition: Motorcycles are smaller than cars and trucks. They are hidden by other vehicles and weather conditions. Visibility is especially an issue at intersections, where about 70 percent of collisions between motorcycles and vehicles occur
  • Road hazards: What could be a minor irritant for a driver can be a deadly hazard for a motorcyclist. Potholes, oil slicks, puddles, debris, ruts, uneven pavement, railroad tracks, and objects on the roadway can bring a motorcycle down
  • “Wobble” accidents: Especially at higher speeds, a motorcycle’s front end can become unstable. It can shake or “wobble,” causing a loss of control. This may be caused by a misalignment of the front and rear tires. If this happens and an accident occurs, you may have a motorcycle accident case against the manufacturer
  • Riding skills: Much better skills and physical coordination are needed to safely operate a motorcycle compared to a car. Many accidents are due, in whole or in part, to a rider’s lack of skills and a failure to understand the operating characteristics and limits of the motorcycle.

The odds are against riders when there’s a crash, especially at high speed or if it involves another vehicle. Cars and trucks are far bigger, heavier, and easier to see. On the other hand, a skilled rider faced with a dangerous situation may be able to use the machine’s agility and ability to stop quickly to swerve quickly out of the way.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that:

  • 4,985 motorcyclists were killed in accidents in 2018 (77 were killed in Alabama in 2014)
  • Motorcycles are 3% of all registered vehicles but account for 14% of annual traffic accident fatalities
  • Motorcyclists are 29 times more likely to be killed in an accident than car passengers.

A Government Accounting Office (GAO) study estimates that motorcycle crashes cost $16 billion in direct costs in 2010. This included emergency services, medical treatment, rehabilitation costs, property damage, lost wages, lost household productivity, and insurance costs.

Supersport motorcycles have the highest overall collision losses compared to other motorcycle classes, according to the Insurance Information Institute. The rate of losses for supersport models was more than three times higher than all motorcycles overall, from 2011 to 2015.

Our Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Daphne, AL, Help Riders of All Ages and Experience Levels

Daphne, AL, motorcycle accident lawyers represent riders of all ages, but especially know the risks facing older riders who cope with more severe injuries than those that are younger.  A Brown University study cites worsening vision, slower reaction time, increased fragility, and larger bikes favored by older riders, which are more likely to roll over.

Researchers found:

  • From 2001 to 2008, an estimated 65,660 patients 60 years and older; 466,125 patients 40–59 years old; and 921,229 patients aged 20–39 years were treated in U.S. emergency departments for injuries caused in accidents.
  • The number of injuries went up for all groups over time, but the oldest riders had the highest rate of increase.
  • Older motorcyclists had the highest risk of hospitalization, three times that of younger adults.
  • Middle-aged riders’ chances of hospitalization were twice that of younger motorcyclists. They also had significantly increased odds of severe injury.

Our Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in Daphne, AL, See the Harm Caused by Negligent Drivers Every Day

Who’s mostly to blame when vehicles and motorcycles collide? A Florida Department of Transportation study discussed in a South Florida Sun Sentinel article found that vehicle drivers are primarily at fault, often failing to yield the right of way. Cases filed by our motorcycle accident attorneys in Daphne, AL, include representing riders injured by negligent drivers who fail to operate their vehicles safely.

The facts of ten years’ worth of Florida motorcycle crashes were analyzed. Study authors found that vehicle drivers caused 60 percent of accidents. They are unconsciously biased against motorcycles because they don’t expect to see them.

When serious injuries and deaths were suffered by riders in multiple vehicles accidents, drivers were more likely to be responsible. These crashes often involved vehicles turning left in front of motorcycles which were heading straight. The problem is, generally, drivers fail to see motorcycles because of their smaller size. Drivers will also misjudge the motorcycle’s speed, thinking it’s traveling slower than it is.

Protect Your Health and Legal Rights by Riding Safely

Warnings for riders about safety and wearing a helmet serve a couple of purposes. They can make riding safer; and, if you’re injured, you may suffer less harm. Under Alabama law, if the insurance company can show that you contributed to the cause of the accident, your claim will fail. If you don’t ride safely and are responsible for the accident even in a small way, you may not have a case.

This is one of the most important reasons to hire our motorcycle accident lawyers in Daphne, AL. By trying to settle your case by yourself, you may say something to an adjuster or write something in a statement that can put some of the blame on yourself. Without realizing it, you may end your claim before it starts.

To reduce the risk of being struck by a vehicle turning left, be as visible as possible at all times and anticipate what might happen. Be prepared to take evasive action. This is a bigger danger if you’re riding through …

  • Intersections
  • Areas of single and multi-family housing with driveways and parking lots
  • Commercial areas where there are stores and businesses.

Riders who drank alcohol before riding are involved in about 43 percent of all fatal motorcycle crashes. Since motorcycling requires more skill and coordination than driving, riding under the influence can sharply lessen your ability to operate it safely.

Alabama law requires motorcyclists to use a helmet. It’s the most important safety device you can use. It distributes the force of an accident and absorbs part of the energy. It also protects your skull and brain by preventing a hard object from piercing into them.

NHTSA reports that the federal Government Accountability Office reviewed 46 studies of motorcycle helmet use. They found that helmeted riders have up to …

  • A 73 percent lower fatality rate than those without helmets
  • An 85 percent lower rate of severe, serious, and critical injuries compared to motorcyclists without helmets.

Call Our Skilled Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in Daphne, AL

If you or your loved one is injured in a motorcycle crash, call our motorcycle accident lawyers in Daphne, AL, at Caldwell Wenzel & Asthana, to talk about your legal options. We also help accident victims from our offices in Mobile and Foley, AL. You are not a second-class citizen on the road because you’re on a motorcycle. You or your family should be compensated if a negligent driver caused your accident and injuries.

Schedule your free consultation with our Mobile motorcycle accident lawyers today by calling (251) 444-7000.  We are ready to help you where you are.

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Our Award-Winning Alabama Accident Lawyers have recovered millions on behalf of our clients. At Caldwell, Wenzel & Asthana, we understand what you’re going through after a crash. If your injuries were caused by someone else’s actions, our dedicated legal team is ready to help you get the compensation you deserve.

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