Birmingham Speeding Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
It seems like nowadays more than ever, everyone is in a hurry to get where they are going. We have become a society obsessed with speed, whether it be the speed of our phone or internet service or the speed of our take-out order. Regrettably, there are consequences for this need for speed. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration speeding has been involved in one-third of all motor vehicle-related fatalities for more than two decades now. In 2018, speeding killed 9,378 people on U.S. roads. Speeding poses a safety risk to all drivers on Alabama roads, but motorcyclists are particularly susceptible to the devastating consequences of a driver going too fast.
Being in a hurry to get somewhere is no excuse for putting someone else’s health and well-being on the line. When a speeding driver hits a vulnerable motorcyclist, the consequences can be life-changing, even fatal. If you or a loved one has been hurt by a speeding driver, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries.
At Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP, our Birmingham motorcycle accident lawyers hold reckless drivers accountable for their actions while making sure you have the money you deserve to pay for your medical bills and pain and suffering. If you need more information about your legal rights following a speeding collision contact the attorneys with Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP at (205) 324-1212 for a free consultation.
Do I Need An Attorney If I Was Hit By a Speeding Driver?
When it comes to speeding you may think you have an open and shut claim. The other driver was speeding and clearly at fault for causing the accident, but that may not be the way an insurance adjuster sees it. An insurance company is a business, businesses are successful when they turn a profit. Therefore, it is in an insurance company’s best interest to keep as much of their money as possible, that may mean finding ways to make sure you don’t get the full compensation you deserve.
Was there a law enforcement officer at the scene of the crash clocking everyone in the area? Maybe the other driver wasn’t speeding at all? You were the one driving the motorcycle, aren’t motorcyclists more likely to speed? An insurance adjuster could throw out a thousand reasons why they shouldn’t have to pay out a reasonable sum.
Hiring an attorney is the best way to ensure that you have someone on your side, backing you up, and fighting to get you the maximum amount of compensation you deserve. At Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP we don’t back down to insurance adjusters and their bullying tactics. We will review the circumstances of your accident and aggressively negotiate with insurance adjusters on your behalf. If you’ve been involved in a speeding accident, you need the experience a skilled motorcycle accident attorney can bring to the table.
Why Choose Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP to Handle My Case?
The legal team at Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP understands what you are going through right now. The difficulties you face trying to recover while also holding your family and finances together. We know because we have been helping victims just like you for over two decades. We are dedicated to helping the people of Alabama recover the compensation they deserve while providing a shoulder to lean on in tough times.
We do this because we are members of the community too. We want to help everyone because that’s what makes our area a vibrant and thriving place to call home. We contribute and support local organizations such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama, and Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama. We want to prove to you that we’re here looking out for your best interests and the best interests of the community we all share.
Causes of Speeding Accidents
Why do so many people continue to speed when it poses significant safety hazards to others on the road, especially motorcyclists? These are some of the most often cited reasons for speeding:
- Traffic – The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says traffic conditions are the most often cited reason for speeding. More drivers are resorting to aggressive driving tactics like speeding because they believe others are impeding their progress.
- Running late – This is the classic excuse for most speeding drivers. They are running late for work, or school, or an interview, or an appointment. Arriving 5 minutes late is always preferable to not arriving at all.
- Rural settings – Drivers may get a false sense of security if they travel on a rural road with less traffic and less of a law enforcement presence.
- Distracted driving – A distracted driver may not always pay attention or be aware of posted speed limits or changes to the speed limit.
- Risk-takers – Some drivers may feel a sense of exhilaration or thrill from speeding and recklessly disregarding rules.
There is never a good reason to speed. Drivers may try to justify their behavior in a variety of different ways, but speeding is against the law. However, law enforcement can’t be everywhere at once, and many drivers have become accustomed to speeding. They may engage in the behavior so often that they forget there can be serious consequences to speeding; it becomes just another habit. Speeding falls into the category of aggressive driving behavior, and according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, aggressive driving tactics are on the rise.
How Speeding Could Injure or Kill Motorcyclists
Numbers compiled by Drive Safe Alabama have found that speeding is the top contributing factor in fatal car collisions in the state. Those same numbers also show that Alabama is ranked number 12 out of all 50 states for speeding-related traffic fatalities. Speeding is especially dangerous for motorcyclists because they don’t have the same safety equipment that passenger vehicles do, like airbags and seat belts. When the driver of a 3,000-pound passenger car hits a motorcyclist at a high rate of speed, there are bound to be serious, even fatal injuries.
Speeding not only dangerous; it is reckless. It both increases the risk of crashing while also increasing the chance of causing serious injuries. These are the ways in which speeding leads to serious consequences:
- There is a greater potential to lose control of the vehicle
- It increases the distance needed to stop once a driver does apply to brakes
- It exponentially increases the energy of an impact
- Increases the degree of injuries
- Reduces the effectiveness of safety equipment
The numbers are clear, speed kills. Those that survive a serious speeding accident are often left to deal with tremendous injuries that can impact them for the rest of their lives.
Most Common Injuries from Speeding Accidents
High-speed collisions can cause some of the most life-threatening types of injuries. It boils down to basic science. The higher the speed, the more forceful the impact, the more violent the impact, the greater the damage. These are some of the more common injuries related to speeding accidents:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Head, neck, and spinal injuries
- Broken bones
- Facial fractures and dental injuries
- Crushing injuries to internal organs
- Internal bleeding
- Road rash
- Wrongful death
Another unfortunate reality is, the greater the damage, the more expensive the medical bills. Those involved in severe speeding accidents find out quickly that in addition to their severe injuries, they are in serious jeopardy of financial instability. Medical costs for hospital stays, surgery, prescriptions, physical therapy, and rehabilitation can become overwhelming.
Due to the often severe nature speed-related injuries, victims don’t just find themselves having to cope with immediate medical bills; they find that they continue to have to pay for medical care sometimes even years down the road. Will an insurance company give you enough to pay for both today and tomorrow’s care? Having a skilled attorney negotiating for you means you can count on the fact that someone is considering all your financial needs. That can include today’s medical bills, lost income, tomorrow’s medical bills, and your pain and suffering.
An experienced attorney with Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP won’t let an insurance company get away with offering you less than what you deserve. Be sure to hire a legal team with the right experience, skills, and resources to represent you.
Contact an Experienced Speeding Accident Attorney Today
A motorcyclist hit by a speeding vehicle stands little chance of walking away from the accident completely unscathed. In all likelihood, the motorcyclist will be forced to deal with an uphill battle of coping with serious injuries that may impact them for the rest of their life. Do you have the financial ability to pay for a lifetime of serious medical concerns? Don’t let a speeding driver and their insurance company get away with throwing your financial stability into chaos. At Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP, we can help you negotiate terms with an insurance company that are favorable to you, not to them. You are the victim; you deserve compensation for your injuries.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident with a speeding vehicle, contact the team at Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP today. We want to help you secure the compensation you are entitled to. Call (205) 324-1212 to set up a free legal consultation today.