Birmingham Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Representing Injured Riders Across Alabama
Mike Slocumb Law Firm represents motorcycle accident victims across Birmingham, Jefferson county, and the surrounding areas of Alabama.
As a firm that focuses on personal injury, we know riders face uphill battles after a crash – both in terms of recovering from what are often serious injuries and recovering the compensation they deserve. That’s why we’re committed to leveraging our experience and resources to help riders fight for justice.
On This Page:
- Motorcycle Accident Statistics
- Common Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents
- Why You Should Hire a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
- What Kind of Compensation Can I Recover in a Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit?
- Motorcycle Accident FAQ:
- Examples of Our Results
- Call For a FREE Consultation
Birmingham, AL Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Motorcycle accidents are common in Alabama. In fact, Alabama was the 10th deadliest state in the nation for motorcyclists in 2019, when 93 motorcyclist fatalities were recorded, according to the Alabama Department of Transportation.
- Motorcycles and mopeds were involved in 1,556 crashes in 2020, down from the 1,708 crashes recorded in 2019.
- There were 72 fatalities involving motorcycle or moped riders in 2020, down from 93 in 2019.
- There were 1,115 injuries involving motorcycle and moped riders, a slight decrease from the 1,213 recorded in 2019.
- Riders between the ages of 20 and 29 accounted for the most crashes and injuries of all age groups in 2020, while riders ages 40 to 44 accounted for the most fatalities.
Alabama’s Crash Facts books show that motorcyclists are extremely vulnerable on state roads and highways. The data also highlights some of the most common reasons for these types of crashes:
- Motorists driving on the wrong side of road
- Aggressive driving
- Driving under the influence
- Motorists driving other vehicles off road
- Drowsy driving / asleep at the wheel
- Failure to yield right of way
- Disobeying traffic signal
- Improper lane change
Common Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcyclists have little to protect them in the event of a collision, which is why riders are overrepresented in crash statistics for serious injuries and fatalities.
Some of the most common injuries we see when working with motorcyclists include:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Lacerations, road rash, and other soft tissue injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
- Injuries that necessitate skin grafts or amputations
Why You Should Hire a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcycle accidents tend to be higher value cases with big implications for the long-term wellbeing of riders. Unfortunately, that means insurance companies will view them as big threats to their bottom line and may take aggressive measures to dispute, deny, and underpay claims.
At Mike Slocumb Law Firm, we help riders level the playing field with powerful insurance carriers by devoting the resources of a national law firm to every case. From investigating crashes to negotiating and litigating for a full financial recovery, we go the extra mile to provide support that helps riders:
- Connect with medical professionals and specialists to treat injuries and promote rehabilitation.
- Investigate the underlying cause of an accident and gather evidence to prove fault and liability.
- Interview witnesses and experts who provide important testimony to support claims.
- Handle all communication with insurance companies and third parties.
- Evaluate damages and the process for initiating a civil demand or lawsuit.
- Negotiate with insurance companies for a fair settlement or, when necessary, litigate at trial.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Recover in a Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit?
At Mike Slocumb Law Firm, we carefully review how accidents and injuries impact a victim, their quality of life, and their ability to work and earn an income. We also pay close attention to any damages they might incur in the future so we can help fight for compensation that will address their future needs.
Generally, motorcycle accidents victims can recover compensation for:
- Past and future medical bills
- Expenses for rehabilitation and medical devices
- Lost income and lost future wages
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Lost companionship or consortium
- Other economic and non-economic losses
Every crash and case is different, which is why the best way to gauge the value of yours is to have it reviewed by an experienced attorney. Our firm offers FREE consultations during which we can discuss the damages you may be entitled to in your matter.
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Can I Still Recover Compensation If I Wasn’t Wearing a Helmet?
If you or your loved one were not wearing a helmet at the time of a motorcycle accident, you may still be able to recover compensation for your damages, despite the state’s universal helmet law, which requires all motorcyclists and passengers to wear a helmet regardless of age of experience level.
That’s because failure to wear a helmet is usually never the cause of an accident – instead, it’s typically things like a motorist speeding, driving distracted, or otherwise driving negligently. However, failure to wear a helmet could become a factor that reduces the damages you’re able to recover, especially in situations where injuries could arguably have been prevented or been less severe with a helmet.
Ultimately, your ability to recover your damages will depend on the facts of your case, including where your accident occurred, the underlying cause of the accident, and the nature of your injuries.
How Do You Prove Liability in a Motorcycle Accident?
Victims who file personal injury claims have what is known as the “burden of proof.” This means they are responsible for proving that another party is at fault for causing the accident and financially responsible (or liable) for the resulting damages.
Proving fault and liability is a process unique to each case. In motorcycle accident claims, it typically involves careful investigation of the accident and key evidence such as:
- Police reports
- Photos of the accident scene
- Traffic camera footage
- Testimony from involved parties and witnesses
- Expert accident reconstruction and testimony
At Mike Slocumb Law Firm, we know that motorcyclists need to prove fault to recover their damages. It’s why we leverage our resources, experience, and professional connections to gather all needed evidence and build the strongest possible claims.
Is Lane Splitting Legal in Alabama?
Lane-splitting is prohibited in Alabama, which means motorcyclists cannot ride between lanes to navigate around slow-moving traffic.
If another party involved in your crash has argued that you were splitting lanes at the time of a collision, it can create challenges when it comes to recovering compensation – even if their negligence caused the crash. In these situations, it’s wise to work with experienced attorneys who can evaluate your options and how to best proceed.
How Long Do You Have to File a Claim in Alabama?
In most personal injury cases, the state of Alabama imposes a two-year statute of limitations. This means that most victims will have two years from the date of their injury to file a claim.
Knowing the statute of limitations is important. If you wait too long to file a claim and the statute of limitations expires, you won’t be able to recover your damages. However, there are situations where the statute of limitations is different – for example, there’s a shorter window to file a claim if you’re suing a public entity.
The best thing you can do to preserve your right to legal action is to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. An attorney can evaluate the claim deadline in your case and assist you with investigations, evidence gathering, and other time-sensitive case work.
Examples of Our Results
Mike Slocumb Law Firm has recovered over $1 billion in compensation for injured victims nationwide, including hundreds of millions in damages for motorcyclists and victims of motor vehicle accidents. Some examples of our results:
- $25 million wrongful death recovery for the family of a motorist whose vehicle was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer on the interstate. Our team was able to prove that the truck driver failed to keep a proper lookout.
- $6 million recovery for a client who suffered fractures to his leg, neck, and nose after his vehicle was side swiped by a drowsy truck driver in Macon County.
- $1.5 million for a motorcyclist struck by a vehicle that failed to yield the right of way, resulting in collapsed lungs, fractured ankles, and other injuries that necessitated multiple surgeries and extensive skin grafting. Despite the defendant’s insurer issuing a denial of all claims, we were able to negotiate a full policy-limits settlement.
- $1.5 million recovery for a motorcycle accident victim who suffered multiple injuries in a collision with an at-fault motorist.
Call For a FREE Consultation: (205) 236-2502
At Mike Slocumb Law Firm, we know motorcycle accidents put a lot on the line. If you or someone you love were injured in a motorcycle crash anywhere in Birmingham, Jefferson County, or beyond, we want to help fight for the compensation you deserve.
Our firm focuses solely on personal injury law and works cases on contingency, which means there’s no up-front cost to hire and no fee unless we win. We also offer FREE and confidential consultations. Call (205) 236-2502 or contact us online to get started.