Motorcycle accidents can be some of the most deadly traffic crashes on the road. Even with safety equipment, motorcyclists have a higher risk of injury due to their lack of protection. Because of this, the Cunningham Bounds team feels that it is essential to share some frequently asked questions about motorcycle accidents to better understand your options.
Here are some questions we get asked often in regards to motorcycle accidents.
What Do I Do After an Accident?
After an accident, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. Even if you only experience minor bruising and aches, it’s still advised to seek medical treatment as your conditions may worsen. Proof of injuries through medical documentation can help strengthen your claim.
Next, you should document your accident using photos, videos, and key witnesses. Be sure to keep a record of the date, time, and conditions of the road so your attorney can better understand your situation.
Once you have documentation, you should contact an experienced motorcycle attorney. Our seasoned motorcycle attorneys have the experience and resources needed to take on tough insurance companies on your behalf, so you can focus on recovering.
How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in Alabama?
According to Drive Safe Alabama, a state program dedicated to providing information and safety resources for the roadways, there were over 1,800 crashes involving a motorcycle in 2019 alone. Out of those 1,800 crashes, over 1,200 injuries were sustained, resulting in 90 fatalities.
Do I Need to Contact The Police?
Yes, you should contact your local authorities to file an official police report. Going up against the other party’s insurance can be complex if you do not have an official report for the accident. Even if the other party insists on not calling the authorities, it should be done.
How Much is My Accident Worth?
Unfortunately, all cases are different, so we cannot give you a set dollar amount on how much your case may be worth. Accidents can range anywhere from a few thousand dollars to even millions depending on your damages. This is why we recommend talking with our firm so we can evaluate your case and give you an estimate on what compensation you may be able to receive.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
According to the state of Alabama’s personal injury statute of limitations, you have two years from the date of your accident to file a claim.
Should I Accept a Settlement?
Although a settlement may seem tempting, the compensation the other driver’s insurance company offers you will most likely not cover the full costs of your accident-related expenses. This is another reason why we suggest hiring an experienced attorney—we can fight for you to receive the maximum compensation you deserve.
What Damages Can I Recover?
Depending on the severity of the accident, motorcyclists and their passengers can recover compensation for the following:
- Medical expenses, past and future
- Loss of income, past and future
- Physical and emotional pain, past and future
- Punitive damages
Do I Need a Lawyer?
A lawyer is not required for a claim, but it’s highly recommended. Our team at Cunningham Bounds has a strong history of advocating for the injured all over the state of Alabama. A skilled motorcycle attorney can break down your case for you, offer multiple options for a course of action, and even file a motorcycle accident lawsuit if needed on your behalf.
When you’re ready to seek justice, give our office a call at (844) 417-0930 or visit our Contact Us page to get a start on your free consultation.