Birmingham Sports Bike Accident Lawyers
Motorcyclists are one of the most vulnerable groups of drivers out of the roads. Numbers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that in 2018, 4,985 motorcyclists were killed in accidents in the U.S. While being involved in any type of serious motorcycle accident can be deadly, Consumer Reports highlights the fact the sport and supersport bikes have higher death rates and are considered more dangerous than other types of motorcycles.
Being involved in a sports bike collision can mean dealing with extensive injuries, high medical bills, and changes in the way you live your daily life as you recover. An accident of this magnitude often means severe financial consequences as well. Just when you need money the most to pay for your medical treatment, you may be out of work due to the nature of your injuries. Making ends meet can become infinitely more difficult.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious sports bike collision, it’s time to call the experienced Birmingham motorcycle accident attorneys at Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP for help. We are ready to fight for you and help you collect the compensation you need to pay your bills and regain your life. Contact our office today at (205) 324-1212 in order to schedule your free, no-obligation case review.
Do I Need a Lawyer If I am Involved in a Sports Bike Accident?
One of the unfortunate realities of dealing with an insurance company following a sport bike accident is the fact that no matter how well-intending the adjuster is, there may be some hidden bias. Drivers of sports bikes may face extra scrutiny following an accident, even if the accident wasn’t their fault. There is a perception that can be hard to shake when it comes to high-performance bikes, that the driver may take unnecessary risks or must be a “thrill-seeker” because they own a particular bike. Some insurance adjusters may not thoroughly review the facts surrounding the incident and assume the sports bike driver must have been at fault or played a significantly higher role in causing the accident than the other driver.
At Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP we aggressively fight on your behalf for a fair settlement. You shouldn’t be blamed or short-changed for an accident you didn’t cause. Having an attorney on your side means you have someone in your corner, with facts, to back you up and strengthen your claim. We take an active role in negotiating with insurance adjusters to make sure you are getting the maximum amount of compensation due to you. While you focus on your physical recovery, we focus on your financial recovery.
Why Choose Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP to Handle My Case?
It can be hard choosing the right attorney. At Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP we pride ourselves on offering our clients aggressive representation. The attorneys of Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP have more than 100 years of combined experience handling personal injury claims like sports bike accidents. Not only do we have the skill to go head-to-head with insurance companies to reach fair settlements for our clients, but we also have the trial experience necessary to take them to court if negotiations break down or they aren’t willing to provide adequate compensation. At Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP, we don’t back down because we know your physical and financial health is on the line.
What Is a Sports Bike?
For those not immersed in the culture, it can seem like a bike is just a bike, but sport bikes are a unique class of vehicle. Sports bikes are a subset of motorcycles that are extremely high performance. They have typically been optimized for acceleration, speed, and breaking. Although originally created for the purpose of racing, they have since gained popularity and been modified by some manufactures for highway use.
Not only do sport bikes have a higher power rate than other types of street bikes, but they are also much lighter weight-wise than your average bike. High-performance sport bikes generally weigh around 440 pounds. For comparison, a typical Harley Davidson or cruiser-style motorcycle can weigh in excess of 900 pounds. While any type of motorcycle accident is dangerous, the lightweight design of a sports bike can mean much more serious injuries for the driver following a collision.
Common Causes of Sports Bike Crashes
While sports bikes may be flashy to look at, that doesn’t always mean that drivers on the road see them. Drivers not paying attention to their surroundings are a common cause of motorcycle accidents. Since sport bikes tend to be smaller and a little lower to the ground than other bikes, a negligent driver not using their mirrors or observing their surroundings can miss spotting a sports bike driver and cause a serious accident. Some of the other factors involved in a sport bike accident include:
- Left-turn accident
- Failure to yield
- Lane splitting
- Distracted driving
- Intoxicated driving
- Road debris
- Uneven pavement or potholes
- Unsafe lane changes
No matter the ultimate cause, if you’ve been injured in a sport bike accident the attorneys with Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP can help you get the compensation you deserve. Don’t let an insurance company dictate how much your accident is worth. An experienced sports bike accident attorney will negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf to make sure you get the financial assistance you are entitled to.
Common Injuries Associated with Sport Bike Accidents
Sports bikes are built for speed, that means by design, they must be lighter and more aerodynamic than other types of bikes. While that is good for performance, that is bad for injuries. The lighter weight of the bike means there is even less in the way of protection for a driver. If hit by a passenger vehicle or truck, these types of bikes can be thrown into the air and the driver can sustain serious, even fatal injuries. Some of the more common injuries associated with sports bike accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Neck and spinal injuries
- Facial and dental injuries
- Abdominal injuries
- Rib fractures
- Organ damage
- Amputated limb
- Crushed or broken bones
- Road rash
Some injuries may require long-term care, surgery, hospitalization, physical therapy, and extensive rehabilitation. These types of injuries can forever change the way an individual lives their life and can require home health assistance. With serious medical care comes serious medical costs. An experienced attorney can help ensure that an insurance company is taking into consideration the full scope of your condition and work to get you the financial compensation that will account for today and tomorrow.
What Types of Compensation Can I Be Entitled to for a Sport Bike Accident?
All sport bike accidents are different, with different sets of circumstances. Settlements can vary between cases. That’s why the attorneys with Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP take the time to thoroughly review all the facts surrounding your individual case. We can then more accurately calculate the compensation that you deserve. In the state of Alabama, following a sports bike accident, you could be entitled to both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are objectively measurable losses. Economic damages are harder to calculate because they are subjective in nature and non-monetary, like pain and suffering. After a serious sports bike accident, you may be entitled to the following damages:
- Current medical bills
- Future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
A skilled attorney will be able to give you a better idea of what you may be able to expect in the way of damages after reviewing your case. In many situations, an insurance company may find it easier to settle than to go to court. An experienced attorney will be able to negotiate on your behalf for a fair compensation package. If the settlement is not adequate or the company is not negotiating in good faith, the next step may be to file a lawsuit. In that situation, the case may proceed to trial. The legal team at Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP has experience in handling both settlement negotiations and taking a case to court. You can trust that you are in capable hands no matter what tactics the situation calls for.
Contact a Birmingham Sport Bike Accident Attorney Today
Sports bike accidents are serious. The injuries that you could sustain may change the course of your life and end up costing you a fortune in medical expenses today and into the foreseeable future. Can you trust that an insurance company will make sure you are provided for both today and tomorrow? At Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP we have been in the business of helping injury victims in Alabama for over 20 years. We know what it takes to protect victims like you. Don’t let an insurance adjuster take advantage of you, get an attorney on your side who can fight to get you the compensation you are entitled to.
If you or a loved one is involved in a sports bike accident in Alabama, contact the experienced legal team at Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP right away. Reach out to our office at (205) 324-1212 and schedule your free consultation today.