What Is The Most Common Scenario For A Motorcycle Accident?

A large number of accidents happen because drivers tend to turn in front of motorcycles or get into their lanes. A lot of times, drivers just do not see them because a motorcycle is obviously smaller than a car, but accidents can also happen if the driver is not paying enough attention to the road, so their vehicle will either turn in front of the motorcycle or cross over into their lane, resulting in the motorcycle either running into the car itself, or the motorcyclist having to make a sharp move and then falling off their bike or getting run off the road.

What Injuries Can Be Suffered As A Result Of A Motorcycle Accident?

Motorcycle accident injuries can be very serious. Motorcyclists are at a greater risk of being killed or seriously injured vs your standard driver because a motorcycle does not provided many of the safety features a car has such as seatbelts and airbags. Cars also provide an enclosed steel frame which the driver sits in. Motorcycle injuries can include road rash, concussions or head injuries, broken bones, severe bruising and scarring. Someone who gets hit on a motorcycle does not have the benefit of being strapped in the vehicle since there is no seatbelt. Thus, they will likely be thrown off their bike if there is an accident and depending on whether or not there was traffic coming, the person could be run over. A person involved in an accident while riding a motorcycle could get very banged up very easily.

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What Happens After A Motorcycle Accident?

Unfortunately, they are all very similar, a car or a truck could turn in front of somebody on a motorcycle or veer into their lane and cause an accident. Most motorcycle accidents require immediate medical attention and the injured person may have to be transported to the hospital via an ambulance. After seeking any necessary medical treatment you can start the recovery process and begin to regain your range or motion or your strength. Many injuries may require additional treatment such as physical therapy or chiropractic relief. Once you reach their maximum medical improvement, this means that additional treatment would no longer provide additional benefits, your attorney can begin to evaluate the true value of your case and draft a demand letter. Most of motorcycle accident cases typically settle prior to any litigation being filed, although if a settlement cannot be reached and litigation is filed, you will need to be prepared to answer discovery and be prepared to be deposed by the insurance carrier’s attorney. If settlement negotiations remain at an impasse after depositions, your attorney will begin to prep you for trial.

Do Scooters And Mopeds Come Within The Same Bracket As Motorcycles?

It all depends on the engine and the weight. The Alabama Department of Public Safety (ALDPS) recognizes two classes of engine-equipped cycles; motor-driven cycles and motorcycles. In Alabama at 14 years old you are eligible for a motor-driven cycle license. At age 16 years old you are eligible for a Class M motorcycle license. A motor-driven cycle is defined as every motorcycle including every motor scooter, with a motor that produces no more than 5 brake horsepower, an engine size of 150 cubic centimeters or less and weighs less than 200 pounds when fully equipped, and every bicycle with motor attached.A motorcycleis defined as being: a motor vehicle having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider; and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, excluding a tractor. Under Alabama law, a moped is considered a motor-driven cycle.

What Are Some Important Things People Should Know About Motorcycle Accidents? 

Report the accident as soon as possible. This means call the police and once they respond ask the police officer to complete an accident report. If you are physically able, you should attempt remove your vehicle or motorcycle from the roadway if it is safe to do so. You need to exchange information such as your name, address, telephone number and insurance carrier with all drivers. However, you should also be careful and watch what you say to any other driver involved. Never admit fault or apologize for the accident. You should then seek immediate medical treatment at the first onset of pain. If the pain is immediate or if you experience any loss of consciousness or broken bones, you should treatment immediately via the on scene paramedics. If hospitalization is recommended you should follow medical advice and go. Once you are medically stable you will need to contact an attorney ASAP to discuss your case. You should not wait to call an attorney because as soon as the insurance company is notified of the accident an adjuster will begin trying to contact you and pressure you into accepting a quick settlement. The insurance companies are out there to make money and not pay claims. You need to make sure you are receiving a fair settlement that encompasses all your damages and pain and suffering. Immediately following an accident or even a week or two later is not an appropriate to settle your case. There are a lot of things you can do to help their case, but there are also a lot of things you can do to hurt your case, so talking with an attorney early can help ensure that you are doing everything possible to help your case and instead of hurting it.

Which Road Rules Differ Between Motorcycles And Larger Automobiles?

All the basic rules of the road in the Alabama traffic code apply to motorcycles, motor-driven cycles and mopeds, as well as other vehicles. In addition, the following laws apply specifically to motorcyclists:

The state of Alabama also encourages all motorcycle drivers to use a plastic face shield attached to your helmet and to wear protective clothing, including, jacket, pants, gloves, boots or sturdy shoes to provide protection in an accident or in cold or wet weather.

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