If you were hurt in a Lee County, Alabama, motorcycle crash and believe another driver was at fault, an Auburn motorcycle accident attorney from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help you pursue compensation and hold that driver accountable. We have more than 40 years of experience proving what caused traffic collisions and other personal injury accidents. You may be able to recover money damages based on the facts of your case.
The Morris Bart law office in Montgomery offers free case reviews for motorcycle accident victims in Auburn and other nearby areas. We will evaluate your legal case and provide you with information about your next steps. We will also explain how our team can help.
Recovering Damages in an Auburn Motorcycle Accident Case
It is not unusual for Auburn motorcycle riders to suffer serious injuries even in relatively low-speed, seemingly minor collisions. This could include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, internal injuries, soft tissue damage, fractures, and more. They often require emergency medical transport from the scene and emergency department evaluation. Hospitalization is common.
All of these costs—and many other related expenses and losses—add up quickly. Within a few days of a serious crash, the motorcyclist may be on the road to physical recovery, but they could be out hundreds of thousands of dollars. This is why financial recovery is so important. We can often recover damages for our clients by:
- Filing an insurance claim against the at-fault driver and negotiating compensation
- Suing the at-fault party and asking the jury to award a payout
While most Auburn traffic accident cases do not go to trial, we will do what is necessary to recover a fair settlement or award in your case based on the circumstances of what happened to you. You have the final say about how we approach your case, though.
Whether we file a claim or go to court, the recoverable damages include:
- Medical care costs to date
- Future care and support needs
- Lost wages and income
- Reduced ability to earn a living
- Property damages, including the bike and safety gear
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Other economic and non-economic damages
Wrongful Death Damages in Alabama
Ala. Code § 6-5-410 outlines the wrongful death process and potential recovery in Alabama. This is a unique statute for several reasons. Most surprisingly, it only allows the estate of the deceased to receive punitive damages. Families cannot recover money for the losses and expenses experienced. Instead, the damages awarded are meant to penalize the liable party and prevent similar incidents in the future.
Punitive damages are only awarded by the courts, so a wrongful death case may need to go to trial to receive compensation.
For a free legal consultation with a Motorcycle Accident lawyer serving Auburn, call 800-537-8185
Morris Bart & Associates, LLC, Represents Accident Victims in Auburn
With more than 6,500 wins for our clients in 2019 alone, the Morris Bart law firm knows what it takes to develop a successful personal injury case and recover compensation. Our team of lawyers fights to protect the rights of motorcycle accident victims and seeks fair and just compensation on their behalf.
We work based on a contingency fee only. We will never charge a client for upfront expenses or hourly costs. Instead, our attorney’s fees are a portion of the total compensation we secure for the client. If we do not secure money damages for them, they do not pay these fees.
Our service area includes all of four states: Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Of our 15 locations, the closest to Auburn is our Montgomery office:
445 Dexter Ave.
Suite 4050 / PMB#52
Montgomery, AL 36104
Most Auburn claims will likely be handled out of this office. However, we meet with our clients over the phone, virtually, or in a place that is convenient for them. This means we will come to Lee County to work on your case. You will not have to come to us.
Building a Motorcycle Accident Claim in Auburn, Alabama
It is no surprise to anyone who rides a motorcycle that it can be dangerous. Even when you are following all the training you received and the best practices for staying safe, other drivers are often careless or simply fail to see you. Because they are used to looking for other cars, they may check to ensure nothing is coming and still overlook a motorcycle. This is a common cause of motorcycle accidents.
Still, even when a collision is truly an accident or caused by general carelessness, the at-fault driver is legally responsible. To recover damages, we need to prove they acted negligently. We investigate every accident, often including accident reconstruction, interviewing witnesses, working with experts, and analyzing the crash report and relevant medical records.
To prove negligence, we must show that four elements occurred:
- Duty: The negligent driver had a duty to do (or not do) something, usually because of a traffic law.
- Breach of duty: They failed to uphold their duty, often violating a traffic law.
- Causation: Their breach of duty caused a collision.
- Harm: The client suffered injuries and financial losses.
For example, imagine the police collision report and witness statements show that the driver failed to see you in an adjacent lane and changed lanes without signaling. The driver had a duty to check that lane, signal, and then move over. They did not change lanes properly, which caused the crash and your injuries. With the right evidence to document your damages, we may be able to recover compensation for you.
The statute of limitations in Alabama may limit your recovery if you do not act quickly enough. In general, Ala. Code § 6-2-38 may give you up to two years to sue the at-fault driver. Exceptions can shorten that timeline.
Speak with a Lawyer at Morris Bart & Associates, LLC for Free
The Morris Bart law firm provides free consultations for victims of traffic accidents in Auburn, including motorcycle crashes. Our team will review the circumstances of your collision, your injuries, and other details and determine your options for legal action. We may be able to help you get the compensation you need to cover your losses and costs.
Reach out to our Montgomery office now.
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