The majority of motorcycle injury and fatality accidents involve another vehicle. In 2016, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported 60% of almost 5,000 motorcyclist fatalities were in multi-vehicle crashes. Due to their vulnerability, motorcycle riders are more likely to be injured when a vehicle crash occurs, and the injury severity can be higher. When other drivers on the road cause these motorcycle injury accidents, they can be held liable for damages through a personal injury claim.
Many motorcycle riders are very conscientious of safety when on the road. They are careful to stay visible to other drivers and follow the rules of the road. However, other drivers are not always as careful. In many motorcycle accidents involving other drivers, the drivers claim to have not seen the motorcycle. Left hand turns that collide with an oncoming motorcycle are the most common type of multiple-vehicle motorcycle accident, and is almost always the fault of the turning driver.
Motorcycle Fatality Accident Claims
Many serious injuries can occur in a motorcycle accident. Head injuries, spine/back injuries and fractures are common non-fatal injuries that affect motorcyclists. Unfortunately, fatalities are more likely to occur in motorcycle accidents than other types of vehicle accidents. The Governors Highway Safety Association estimates that per mile driven, motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to be fatally injured in a crash.
When a motorcycle injury or fatality accident occurs, police reports can be helpful in determining who was at fault. However, injured motorcyclists and their families should also have a personal injury attorney on their side to begin investigating all the facts. If the other driver was negligent and caused the accident, they may be liable for medical bills, lost wages and other damages. If you are a victim of a motorcycle injury accident in Alabama, contact the Law Office of Dwayne L. Brown in Montgomery to discuss your legal options.