If you were involved in a motorcycle accident, you might have suffered serious or even catastrophic injuries. You may have a legal case for compensation from those who caused your accident and other potentially liable parties. A Mobile negligent rider accident lawyer from our law firm may be able to file a claim for damages, which could compensate you for your injuries.
Although you might assume that the driver is at fault for causing a motorcycle accident, some motorcycle riders also cause accidents through negligent or reckless behaviors. When riders cause accidents that injure others, they may be responsible for your medical expenses and other accident-related losses. The Morris Bart law firm can help you with your case.
How Morris Bart & Associates, LLC Can Help with Your Motorcycle Accident Case
Our legal team is prepared to help you with every aspect of your motorcycle accident case, from start to finish. We will provide you with full legal representation, answer your questions, and work toward your objectives.
We represent injury victims on a contingency fee basis, which means that you pay us nothing until you receive a settlement in your case.
Managing Your Case
We can manage all aspects of your case, from filing insurance claims to collecting evidence. We can also engage in settlement negotiations with the insurance company and bring the matter to court if we cannot reach a full and fair settlement.
Developing Your Legal Strategy
Our attorneys can examine the evidence in your case, which helps us determine how the accident occurred and who is at fault. We will also review and document your injuries and related losses. These actions play a direct role in developing the most effective legal strategy in your case.
Dealing with the Insurance Company
Dealing with the insurance company for the at-fault party is not always easy. They may initially attempt to pressure you into a low settlement amount or try to get information from you in hopes of weakening your case.
Having an attorney from the Morris Bart law firm intervene on your behalf to handle all communications with the insurance company can prevent this from happening.
For a free legal consultation with a Negligent Rider Accident lawyer serving Mobile, call (251) 298-8380
Establishing Fault in a Motorcycle Accident
The first step to holding negligent parties liable for your injuries is establishing which party or parties are at fault for causing the accident. In some cases, this is straightforward, such as if a motorcyclist enters an intersection after failing to stop at a stop sign or red light, thus causing a collision. However, in other cases, establishing fault is not so easy.
An accident lawyer from our Mobile law office can seek evidence to support your case against the negligent rider or other parties. For instance, we can take the following actions to prove liability in your case:
- Obtain and examine police and accident reports
- Review statements and interview witnesses who were at the scene
- Gather medical records
- Review photos, videos, and nearby surveillance cameras
- Engage experts to assist in reconstructing your accident
These forms of evidence can help prove that the motorcycle rider was negligent and therefore at fault in causing the accident. Proving negligence is the basis for the injured party’s legal claim.
Damages that You Can Pursue in a Motorcycle Accident Case
A successful legal case against a negligent motorcycle rider can allow you to collect damages or compensation for your injuries from the at-fault party or parties. You may be eligible for both economic and non-economic damages through your claim.
The amount you can collect in a motorcycle accident case depends on how the accident occurred, who was involved or caused the accident, and the severity of your injuries.
When you suffer injuries in a car accident, you may need immediate emergency medical attention. These services might include transportation by ambulance or helicopter, emergency room treatment, and hospitalization costs.
Depending on the extent of your injuries, you may also need surgery, ongoing medical care, and rehabilitation services. You can seek compensation for all accident-related medical expenses in a personal injury case.
When injuries keep you from working, whether temporarily or permanently, you can seek damages for your lost wages and other benefits. You may also lose out on important business opportunities due to your injuries.
If your injuries make you unable to return to your former workplace or career, you may be able to seek compensation for the loss of your future earnings or earning capacity.
Pain and Suffering
Motorcycle accidents could also entitle you to compensation that is less tangible or not readily proven by bills or employment records. For instance, you may have suffered emotional trauma because of the accident. You also may have experienced disfiguring scars, permanent physical impairments, and anxiety or depression.
Time Limits for Filing Motorcycle Accident Cases
Under Ala. Code § 6-2-38, you and other injury victims have only two years from the accident dates to formally file a lawsuit against the at-fault parties. Although state law establishes some exceptions to this general deadline or statute of limitations, this rule applies to most personal injury cases that arise from motorcycle accidents. There may even be circumstances that could shorten this deadline.
In most cases you will initially file an insurance claim for your injuries with the insurance company of the at-fault party. Most cases end in a settlement, which means you will not need to file a lawsuit. However, the negotiation process can last a long time, and filing a lawsuit may be necessary in some cases.
This statute of limitations is strict, so you must remain mindful of this Alabama state law. Therefore, you should not wait two years to pursue your claims. You should contact an attorney as quickly as possible following your accident to protect your legal rights to compensation.
Let Us Assist with Your Motorcycle Accident Case
Obtaining legal advice after you have suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident can help clarify your next steps. A Mobile accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can give you more information and help you after a negligent rider injures you. Call (251) 298-8380 to schedule your free case consultation today.
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