Dothan Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Motorcycle Accident Claims in Alabama
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 80% of all reported motorcycle accidents result in injury or death to the motorcyclist. In 2018, a total of 4,985 motorcyclists died in crashes and countless others were left with life-changing injuries.
If you have been seriously injured or bereaved by a motorcycle accident, Capps, Gil & Parker, LLC can help. Motorcyclists get the worst of an accident, regardless of fault, and we are dedicated to holding the at-fault party accountable and recovering valuable compensation on your behalf.
To get started, simply call us at (334) 490-6344 today.
Alabama Motorcycle Laws
To ride a motorcycle in Alabama, you must be 16 years of age or older and have class M endorsement on your driver’s license. Alabama is also one of 19 states with a universal helmet law, which means you and your passengers must wear approved helmets whenever you are on a motorcycle. Motorcycle laws in Alabama are some of the strictest in the nation. The state has regulations for mirrors, passengers, handlebars, daytime headlight use, and even liability insurance.
Unfortunately, you can follow the rules of the road and all relevant state laws and still end up in a devastating motorcycle crash. If your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, our Dothan motorcycle accident lawyers can help.
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?
Most motorcycle accidents (63%) are multi-vehicle crashes, which occur when a motorcycle collides with another vehicle. Because motorcycles are so small and fast, other drivers often have a hard time seeing them. While this is no excuse, it does account for many motorcycle accidents.
Other common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Unsafe lane changes
- Improper turns
- Failure to yield
- Driver inexperience
- Intersection accidents
- Aggressive driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol
- Distracted driving
- Texting and driving
- Drowsy driving
Common Motorcycle Injuries
The reason why helmets are so important is that many motorcycle accidents result in traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). In addition to TBIs, we see the following injuries at our firm:
- Spinal cord injuries (SCIs)
- Internal injuries
- Road rash
- Broken bones
- Facial fractures and disfigurement
- Amputations and limb-loss injuries
If you or someone you love has been affected by any of these serious injuries, please contact our attorneys today.
Should I Seek Medical Attention?
Yes. You should always seek medical attention after a motorcycle accident, even if your injuries are not apparent right away. Getting into a motorcycle crash triggers your body’s fight or flight response and releases adrenaline, which means you may not feel the effects of the accident until your body relaxes.
Seeking treatment after a traumatic event can also help doctors identify problems before they get out of hand. If your organs are bruised, for example, you may need emergency intervention.
Many people leave motorcycle accidents in body bags or ambulances, so walking away from one is a small miracle. Nevertheless, you should not take your health for granted, and trusting medical providers with your post-trauma care could be the most important thing you do.
If you discover an injury or need help recovering compensation once you have healed, our firm is ready to help.
At our firm, results matter, experience matters, and you matter. We truly care about our clients, and we take time to get to know their stories. Surviving a motorcycle accident or losing a loved one is a traumatic experience, so we do everything in our power to help you move forward. When we fight for your rights, we do so aggressively.
You can trust that we’re not in it for the money and that we care.
“I have known Rafael Gil for decades. I know no sharper legal mind you could retain to solve your problem.”- Jason
“I have confidence that he would always do his very best no matter the situation. I truly believe Mr. Parker wants to be helpful to others.”- Fletcher
“He showed me the attention I needed to feel confident with my case. He is very wise and knows the law. I couldn't have asked for a better attorney. Thank You, Adam.”- Crystal