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What You Need to Know About Riding a Motorcycle in Alabama

Motorcycles are one of the most exciting and thrilling modes of transportation. However, they are also one of the most dangerous.  Whether you are an avid motorcycle rider or someone looking to get your license, it is important to have a basic understanding of motorcycle laws and regulations so that you can stay safe. The motorcycle accident attorneys at the Fob James Law Firm have extensive experience helping motorcycle accident victims in need. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.  Motorcycle Laws and Safety Requirements in Alabama: An Overview Before you get out on the road, it’s important to be familiar with relevant Alabama motorcycle laws and regulations.  Do You Need a Motorcycle License in Alabama?  A question that people frequently ask is, “Do you need a motorcycle license in Alabama?” The short answer is yes.  Until recently, the state of Alabama did not require a special license in addition to a regular driver license) to operate a motorcycle. Now, however, you must obtain a Class M license. How to Get a Motorcycle License in Alabama The process of obtaining a motorcycle license in Alabama is relatively simple if you know where to start.  To obtain a Class M motorcycle license in Alabama, you must:  Be age 14 or above for a restricted Class M license, or age 16 or above for a non-restricted Class M license; Pass a motorcycle knowledge test designated by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency; or  Complete a motorcycle safety course offered by the Alabama Motorcycle Safety Program.  Once you complete the requirements, you will be granted the same rights as a driver of any other vehicle on the road.  Motorcycle Helmet Requirements Under Alabama law, you must wear a protective helmet while riding your motorcycle.  Your helmet must: Be specifically designed for motorcycle rider and passenger use; Have a hard exterior shell of non-shatterable material;  Have a firmly secured shock absorbent cradle for the head to support the helmet and maintain separation between the head and exterior shell; Contain impact-resistant, absorbent padding or cushioning material; and Have a permanently attached adjustable chin strap to hold the helmet in place, which the rider must have on at all times while the motorcycle is in motion. It is important to follow these requirements. Failure to comply with these regulations is not only dangerous, but also subjects you to a fine of up to $100 and up to 180 days in the county jail.  What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident in Alabama If you have questions about your rights and responsibilities as a motorcyclist in Alabama, or if you have sustained injuries in a motorcycle accident, contact an attorney today. While hiring an attorney may not be the first thing on your mind after an accident, an experienced lawyer can be extremely beneficial to your case.  Having an attorney in your corner can be crucial in your fight to get the compensation you need to recover, so don’t wait. The motorcycle attorneys at the Fob James Law Firm has been helping motorcyclists in Alabama for years, and we hope we can do the same for you. Contact us today, online or by phone at (205) 407-6009, to discuss your case and see how we can help.

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What Is a Good Settlement Amount for a Motorcycle Accident in Alabama?

In any car or motorcycle accident, the amount of damages varies widely. Because of this, it is hard to pin down an exact average amount. A good settlement for one case will not be a good settlement in another. The best way to estimate the value of your individual claim is to talk to an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. What Variables Drive the Cost of Motorcycle Accident Settlements? There are many variables that affect what a good settlement will be in a given case. Some factors that will help determine what a good settlement is include the following.  Damages The extent and seriousness of the damage caused by an accident will have a major impact on potential settlement amounts. Medical costs The nature of any physical injuries is one of the things that will most affect your settlement. An injury could require an emergency room visit, an ambulance ride, or rehabilitation. These will all increase medical costs, which will drive up total damages. Lost wages  A physical injury can lead to lost wages or even a loss of earning capacity. If your injury has forced you to take time off work or will limit your ability to work in the future, this can increase your damages. Non-monetary damages A traumatic accident can result in significant pain and suffering, for which you are entitled to damages. It can also lead to psychological issues that affect your life. Any of these factors will increase your total damages. Property damage The total value of property damage will also drive the settlement amount. A motorcycle could be lightly damaged or totaled entirely. Other personal property may have been damaged as well. The extent of such damage and the initial value of the vehicle(s) or other property will absolutely affect the settlement amount. Fault In Alabama, the question of who is at fault in a car or motorcycle accident is essential to any settlement. Damages can be recovered only if a driver is not at fault. If a driver is shown to have been partially at fault, they cannot recover damages due to Alabama’s rules on contributory negligence. Therefore, a motorcyclist who is struck from behind by a vehicle as they are speeding dangerously in and out of traffic lanes will likely not be able to recover damages. Punitive Damages In Alabama, some extraordinary accidents will drastically increase the amount of a settlement. Alabama law awards punitive damages only in extraordinary circumstances. In the case of car and motorcycle accidents, this may include cases of wrongful death. Punitive damages may also be awarded if the party at fault intentionally or recklessly causes the accident.    If punitive damages are sought, Alabama law allows for awards of up to $1.5 million, or three times the total amount of damages, whichever is greater. If punitive damages come up in the case of a motorcycle accident, the potential settlement amount goes up quite a bit. Contact Our Alabama Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Today If you have been in a motorcycle accident, call our motorcycle accident lawyers at Fob James Law Firm today.Fob James Law Firm gets results. Because our firm focuses on motor vehicle accidents, we provide a level of expertise that other firms do not. Our firm’s goal is to take client service to the next level by litigating fast and aggressively. To ensure this, our team is available 365 days a year at any hour of the day. Call us today.

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How to Deal with Insurance Companies After a Car Accident in Alabama

The most important thing to remember when considering how to deal with an insurance company after an accident is not to let the insurance company intimidate you. If you understand your rights and have a strong advocate at your side, you will be in a better position to hold your own against the insurance company and recover the compensation you deserve. How Can I Protect My Interests After a Car Accident? After an Alabama car accident, the insurance company will try to make you feel like you have to settle your claim on their terms. The insurance adjuster will be happy to answer your questions, and they may seem helpful. But you have to remember that they work for the insurance company. Insurance companies have experienced lawyers and negotiators on their side. You deserve to have the same advocating for you. If you have suffered injury in a car accident in Alabama, contact the experienced car accident lawyers at the Fob James Law Firm to help you deal with the insurance company. How Much Should I Settle for After a Car Accident? After your accident, the insurance company may offer you a quick settlement. You should never accept a settlement offer without first consulting with an attorney. The amount you should settle for after a car accident depends on your individual circumstances. When another driver is at fault for your accident, they may be liable for any losses or damages you suffer, including: Medical expenses, Hospital bills, Rehabilitation expenses, Medications, Property damage, Lost wages, Pain and suffering, Emotional trauma, Disability, and Disfigurement. Some of these losses are easy to calculate using documents like medical bills and pay stubs. While your physical pain and emotional anguish are no less real, they may be more difficult to quantify. Keep in mind that the extent of some injuries are not known until weeks or months after the accident. You may need to be treated by specialists before your injuries can be diagnosed and whether your injuries are permanent may not be determined until after substantial treatment. Experienced car accident attorneys have methods for estimating your damages. They also know how to support your damages claim with testimony and evidence. After you have shared the details of your accident and damages with your attorney, they will be able to help you estimate what a fair settlement would be for you. Should I Talk to the Other Insurance Company After an Accident? Soon after your accident, the other driver’s insurance company may reach out to you and ask for a statement. You may feel pressured to comply, but you have no obligation to speak to them. Keep in mind that the insurance company can use anything you say against you. If you already have an attorney when the insurance company reaches out to you, simply give the adjuster your attorney’s contact information. If you do not have an attorney, politely inform the adjuster that you are in the process of interviewing attorneys and you will get back to them when you have representation. It’s always wise to speak to an attorney as soon as possible after an accident, especially if you have suffered any injuries. Once you have an attorney, they can handle all communications with the insurance company. This way you won’t have to worry about how to deal with the insurance company after your car accident. Contact Our Alabama Car Accident Attorneys Today The Fob James Law Firm has over 40 years of experience advocating for injury victims in Alabama. We know how to deal with an insurance company after a car accident, and we are ready to fight for your right to compensation.We are dedicated to providing personal attention to all of our clients. To that end, we take on fewer cases than other Alabama law firms to make sure we have the necessary time and resources to devote to all our clients. Call or contact us today for a free consultation, and learn how we can help with your accident claim.

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How to Report a Dog Bite in Alabama

A dog bite is medically dangerous and emotionally traumatic. In many situations, injuries from the bite lead to a personal injury legal case. If a dog bites you in the state of Alabama, there are several things you should do to fully report the incident.  We suggest that you immediately report the dog bite to the police. As part of this step, gather information about the incident. You should also report the bite to a medical professional. Finally, be sure to contact an attorney to represent you in your dog bite case. Report the Dog Bite to the Police For your safety and the safety of others, call 911 to immediately notify the police if a dog owned by another person bites you. You should also call 911 if the dog owner or person in control of the dog is threatening you. You can call the non-emergency local police number in Alabama if the incident is over and you do not feel in danger. Either way, file an official police report to report a dog bit in Alabama. Be sure to get the report number. Take Photographs at the Scene Pictures help in explaining facts in a report. If you can safely do so, take pictures at the scene of the dog bite incident. These should include photos of: The dog(s) involved, Your injuries, The surrounding physical location (buildings, yard, etc.), and The dog owner/person in control of the dog. If you can’t take pictures at the scene, take a picture of your injuries as soon as you can. Get Information About the Dog and Its Owner In a car accident, you may know to gather information at the scene as you wait for the police. In a dog bite situation, you also need to collect information. This includes: The name of the owner of the dog;  The name of the person in control of the dog, if it is someone other than the owner; The name and breed of the dog;  The name of the dog’s veterinarian; and  The dog’s animal control license number.  Sometimes a dog owner tries to leave the scene without sharing their information. If this happens, take a picture of them and the dog if you can. Seek Medical Attention Along with reporting your dog bite to Alabama law enforcement, you should report your dog bite to a doctor. Evidence of your medical care is part of your legal case and dog bite report. Also, a physician can decide if you need additional medical care. You should seek emergency medical care if you have a serious injury, such as several bites or lots of bleeding, or if a stray dog bites you. Your safety is a priority. Contact a Dog Bite Lawyer  Contact an experienced dog attack lawyer after a dog bite incident. Under Alabama law, you can seek compensation if a dog owned by another person bites and injures you. A dog bite is not a minor incident in our state. It is a legal case, and you should have representation. Begin the process by reporting the dog bite. Then reach out to Fob James Law Firm.  Alabama law places a lot of responsibility on dog owners. If their dog bites someone, there are ramifications. In serious cases, the police may charge them with a crime. Animal control will contact them, and they may have new licensing rules to follow. Your focus must be to protect your rights and stay safe. Report a dog bite and seek legal representation even if the dog owner asks you not to. Fob James Law Firm: Your Dog Attack Lawyers Fob James Law Firm will represent you in a dog attack case. With over 40 years of experience advocating for victims, our attorneys know what it takes to obtain a higher settlement. We give you the attention and compassion you deserve after an injury or loss. We take fewer cases than other personal injury law firms in Alabama, so we can provide the utmost care to your situation. Although we have the resources of a large personal injury firm, we serve you with the attention  of a smaller firm. We care about your safety and your rights. We will help you get the compensation you deserve. If a dog bite or dog chase injures you, do not wait. Contact us for a free case review.

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Statute of Limitations for Car Accident Cases in Birmingham

Being injured in a car accident is a frustrating experience. You have likely lost time from work in addition to paying for medical bills and car repairs.  Understandably, you want to hold the responsible party accountable for their actions and receive compensation for you for your damages. However, you don’t have an unlimited amount of time to pursue a claim. There is a statute of limitations for suing over a car accident in Alabama. If you need assistance pursuing a claim for damages resulting from a car accident, let our experienced Birmingham car accident lawyers help. What Is the Statute of Limitations in Alabama for Car Accidents? In general, you have only two years to file a lawsuit for a car accident claim in Alabama. If you wait until the statute of limitations has passed, the court will likely bar you from recovery. That means you will collect nothing for your injuries, physical damages, or pain and suffering. It’s not uncommon for the defendant’s insurance company to drag out the claim, hoping you’ll miss the statute of limitations. If you are in negotiations with their insurance company beforehand and miss the deadline, they are not obligated to pay you anything even if you were close to a settlement. That is one reason why it’s essential to contact an attorney at the start of your claim. At Fob James Law Firm, we will handle all negotiations and ensure a lawsuit has been timely filed. Alabama Car Accident Settlement Process The time it takes for a car accident claim to resolve is different from case to case. It depends on a lot of factors, including the facts of the accident and the severity of your injuries. Cases involving relatively minor property damage and injuries could resolve in as quickly as two to three months. Cases involving serious injuries, significant time off work, and even future disability could take a year or longer to resolve. However, cases with disputed liability or other aggravating circumstances may not settle before the statute of limitations expires. These cases require filing a lawsuit. The time it takes to resolve in litigation will vary. If the defendant’s insurance company doesn’t agree to settle, we will prepare to take your case to trial. That could be another year or more away. Speaking with one of our Birmingham car accident attorneys can help you understand your specific case’s timeline. Pitfalls and Things to Look Out for When Suing over a Car Accident in Alabama When you attempt to handle your own car accident claim, there’s a higher chance of making mistakes along the way. While some of these may be minor, others can jeopardize your entire case. Some potential errors include: Not seeking medical treatment quickly after the accident; Waiting too long to file a claim or lawsuit; Not getting enough documentation of your damages; Giving a recorded statement to the defendant’s insurance company; Settling your claim for the first offer; and Hiring a lawyer that doesn’t specialize in auto accident cases. When you retain our firm right after the accident, we can help you avoid these pitfalls. Your attorney will explain the importance of seeking medical treatment early on. We can communicate with the insurance company on your behalf so you aren’t coerced into making a statement that can be used against you. We will also make sure the insurance company doesn’t delay your claim or try to get you to resolve it for far less than it’s worth. Contact a Birmingham Car Accident Attorney If you need assistance with a Birmingham car accident claim, let Fob James Law Firm help. We have decades of experience assisting clients just like you. We understand the tactics insurance companies use and know all the ways to fight them. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation. Our goal is to protect your rights and help you get the compensation you deserve.

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Alabama Motorcycle Safety Laws: Helmet Laws

Almost half of the country has a universal helmet law in place, including Alabama. All riders and passengers are obligated to wear a helmet at all times, no matter their age. Also, Alabama helmet laws set forth specifics on what is an approved helmet. These include details on the necessary exterior shell, cradle, padding, and chin strap. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) findings indicate that wearing a proper helmet can save thousands of lives every year. If you were involved in an Alabama motorcycle-related accident, you need a skilled Birmingham motorcycle accident attorney on your side. Other Alabama Motorcycle Laws In addition to following Alabama helmet laws, motorcycle riders must adhere to many other important regulations. Some of these laws include: Riders must have a class M endorsement on their driver license to operate a motorcycle; Riders must be 16 or older to obtain a class M endorsement; Motorcyclists are prohibited from riding between the lanes or between rows of vehicles; Riders must be sitting on the regular and permanent seat and cannot carry a passenger unless the motorcycle is designed for two and has the required footpegs; Motorcycle riders must wear shoes at all times; Riders can’t ride abreast from more than one other motorcycle in the same lane; Motorcyclists are prohibited from passing a vehicle in the same lane as the one they are overtaking; and Riders cannot carry anything on the motorcycle, like a package, if it prevents them from having both hands on the handlebars. Motorcyclists are also required to follow the same traffic safety laws as other motorists on the road. Failure to do so can result in an accident. What Happens If I Get Caught Not Wearing a Helmet While on a Motorcycle in Alabama? If you are caught by a police officer while not wearing a helmet, you could receive a fine. If you are in an accident while not wearing a helmet, you could be severely injured or even die from your injuries. Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Alabama Motorcycle accidents in Birmingham can happen for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common causes of accidents we see include: Tailgating; Opening a car door into a motorcycle; Speeding; Failure to observe the motorcycle rider; Changing lanes into the motorcycle; Driving under the influence; Distracted driving; Sudden stops; Adverse weather; and Road hazards. Severe to catastrophic injuries are not uncommon in motorcycle accidents. Some injuries could’ve been reduced or even avoided entirely if the rider was wearing a helmet. There tends to be a stigma about motorcycle riders. Contrary to what most people think, motorcyclists are not always at fault in an accident. While following Alabama helmet laws, wearing proper safety gear, and taking motorcycle training can help reduce some accidents, other drivers need to watch for motorcyclists at all times. Defensive driving can also save lives. Contact Our Alabama Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Today If you suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, don’t attempt to pursue an injury claim on your own. Let an experienced Birmingham motorcycle lawyer assist. With decades of experience representing clients in Alabama personal injury matters, the attorneys at Fob James Law Firm can help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact our office today to schedule a free no-obligation case evaluation.

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How to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Birmingham

Losing a loved one in a tragic accident or because of another’s intentional actions is devastating. We recognize it is a challenging time for you and your family.  If your family member’s death was someone else’s fault, it can be even more painful. Understandably, you might have many concerns and questions, including whether the at-fault party will be held criminally responsible. You may also want to know who can file a wrongful death lawsuit in Alabama. To understand more about how wrongful death claims work, contact our skilled Birmingham wrongful death lawyers. What Is a Wrongful Death Claim? A wrongful death claim is a civil claim for financial compensation and is meant to hold the responsible party accountable for someone’s death. Wrongful death is when another party’s negligence, omission, or reckless or intentional actions cause someone to die. Because of this, they should be held accountable. In some situations, that means a criminal trial, possibly resulting in incarceration and fines. A wrongful death claim is a civil case, which results in financial compensation. To bring a wrongful death claim, you need to see whether the victim would’ve had the right to bring a claim had they survived. If the deceased would have had a personal injury claim against the defendant, you might have the right to file one for wrongful death. Alabama law is different from that of many other states regarding the type of damages you can receive in a wrongful death case. Alabama law limits you to recovering only punitive damages in a wrongful death lawsuit. Punitive damages do not necessarily compensate the survivors for financial losses associated with the victim’s death. Instead, it’s more about punishing the defendant for their wrongdoing and sending a message to others not to replicate the behavior. Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Alabama? Under Alabama law, only the deceased’s personal representative can file a wrongful death lawsuit. The personal representative is usually someone named in the deceased’s will. They will be responsible for probate administration and may or may not be a family member. If the deceased did not appoint someone or did not have an estate plan at all, the court will appoint someone as the estate administrator. While the personal representative is the one who files the wrongful death lawsuit, the family members will receive the proceeds from a settlement or jury award. How Are Wrongful Death Proceeds Divided in Alabama? Damages are distributed to surviving family members based on Alabama’s intestate laws. The rules on who receives what falls under a specific hierarchy based on the probate code. This can be a complicated process depending on surviving family members. You need a skilled Birmingham wrongful death attorney who can explain the order of priority in your specific situation. Contact an Alabama Wrongful Death Attorney In Alabama, the wrongful death statute of limitations is typically only two years. However, some circumstances could alter the time you have to file. That is why you must contact an experienced attorney early on. At Fob James Law Firm, we have decades of experience helping Birmingham clients recover compensation in wrongful death claims. Contact our office today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Let us help your family through this difficult time and fight to hold the responsible party accountable.

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Nursing Home Wrongful Death Cases in Birmingham

Choosing when to move a family member to a nursing home can be a tough decision. You assume that your loved ones will be well taken care of and treated with respect. Sadly, nursing home abuse is a problem plaguing facilities all across the country. Sometimes that abuse or neglect can lead to a resident’s death. In these situations, your family might have the right to bring a nursing home wrongful death claim in Alabama. If you suspect abuse at the facility caused your family member’s death, contact a Birmingham nursing home abuse lawyer. How to Know Whether You Have a Wrongful Death Case? A wrongful death claim can arise when someone’s negligence, reckless behavior, or intentional acts cause another person to die. Nursing home abuse and neglect can cause a person’s health to deteriorate quickly. If you can prove the nursing home caused your loved one’s death, you might qualify to present a wrongful death claim. Under Alabama law, only the personal representative for the deceased’s estate can bring a nursing home wrongful death claim. A wrongful death claim exists only if the deceased would have had the legal right to pursue their damages had they not passed away. One example is when a resident has bedsores that go untreated. Bedsores can be very painful and become infected. If the infection is too great, they could die. If the person had lived, they could’ve brought a claim against the facility for their injuries. Alabama’s wrongful death claims are very different from other states. One of the main differences to note is that you can pursue only punitive damages in your complaint. Punitive damages are meant to punish the responsible party for their actions and set an example to deter others from acting similarly. While other states look at surviving family members’ damages, Alabama values nursing home wrongful death cases based on the responsible party’s actions.  Nursing Home Wrongful Death Causes There are four main types of nursing home abuse. These are physical, emotional, sexual, and financial. Physical abuse could include a battery, neglecting to move immobile residents, or improper use of restraints. With emotional abuse, residents are yelled at, threatened, degraded, etc. No one wants to imagine sexual abuse as being a problem in nursing homes, but it is. Sexual abuse can be perpetrated by caretakers, other residents, or visitors to the facility. Lastly, financial abuse can involve a caretaker coercing a resident to transfer money, change their estate documents, and more. Watching for signs of abuse can help you identify problems before they become life-threatening. Look for physical injuries, radical emotional and behavioral changes, and missing money or personal items. Contact Our Wrongful Death and Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer If your family member passed away due to a nursing home’s negligence, you need a skilled Birmingham wrongful death and nursing home abuse lawyer on your side. At Fob James Law Firm, we know all the federal and state laws governing nursing homes in Alabama. We have years of experience trying wrongful death and elder law matters. Contact our office today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Nursing home wrongful death cases are complicated. Let us put our experience to work for you and help you hold the negligent nursing home responsible for your family member’s death.

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PRESS RELEASE – Fob James Law Firm Files Lawsuit Against A Former Dothan Financial Advisor And Other Conspirators For Allegedly Stealing Millions of Dollars From Clients’ Retirement Accounts.

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Fob James Law Firm today announced the filing of a lawsuit to recover the life savings of 6 retirees in Dothan, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle lost due to financial industry fraud. The lawsuit, filed in the Circuit Court of Houston County Alabama, alleges that former financial advisor Blake Daughtry of Dothan, Alabama and other conspirators forged signatures, opened fraudulent accounts, transferred retirement savings into sham entities, and stole millions of dollars of clients’ retirement savings. The lawsuit also alleges breach of fiduciary duties and negligence on the part of two financial institutions, Kestra Investment Services, LLC of Austin, Texas and Equity Trust Company of Westlake, Ohio. Daughtry, who was barred from the financial industry by the regulatory agency FINRA in March 2020, is a former Kestra registered representative. In addition to Blake Daughtry, Kestra Investment Services, LLC, and Equity Trust Company, the lawsuit also names as defendants Graysail Advisors, LLC of Jacksonville, Florida; Small World Capital, LLC of Jacksonville, Florida; The Daughtry Group of Dothan, Alabama; Jared Eakes of unknown parts; and David Smalls of Jacksonville, Florida. Fob James, IV, counsel for Plaintiffs, said, “my clients are hardworking men and women. The money they saved for retirement was earned from their conscientious labor over decades. From the evidence so far—it looks like my clients were repeatedly lied to, their signatures forged, their retirement savings stolen, and the broker-dealers and financial institutions involved failed to stop it or warn my clients. I am reaching out to anyone who knows any facts on what went down with Blake Daughtry, Kestra, or any of the other defendants to contact me so I can help my clients get their retirement savings back.” Fob James, IV can be reached at the Fob James Law Firm in Birmingham, Alabama: 205-407-6009.

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What Are Motorcycle Laws in Birmingham?

Motorcycles can be fun and exciting and a great alternative to a regular vehicle. However, motorcycles can also pose great danger. Before getting on the road, you should become familiar with the motorcycle laws in Alabama. Motorcycle Accident Statistics Motorcycles are smaller than cars, can be less visible to other drivers, and require more skills to maneuver. For these and many other reasons, motorcycle accidents are very common. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 4,985 motorcyclists were killed in crashes in 2018. In 2016, deaths resulting from motorcycle accidents accounted for 14% of total highway crash deaths, reaching 5,337. This represents the highest number of motorcycle fatalities since data collection began in 1975. Helmets are crucial when riding motorcycles and can even be lifesaving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), helmets saved 1,872 lives in 2017. If all motorcyclists wore helmets, 749 more lives could have been saved that year.  Alabama Motorcycle Laws There are various categories of laws in Alabama pertaining to motorcycles. They are as follows.  License Laws For many years, Alabama was the only state that did not require any special license to operate a motorcycle. In recent years, this has changed. To drive a motorcycle in Alabama, you must pass a written exam or complete a motorcycle safety course. You must also possess a driver license with a class M endorsement.  Helmet Laws If you are operating a motorcycle in Alabama, you are legally required to wear a helmet, no matter your age. The helmet must also meet specific safety standards. Your motorcycle helmet should: Have a hard, non-shatterable exterior; Have a shock-absorbent cradle to support the head;  Have substantially thick, impact-resistant padding; and Have a chin strap to hold it in place. Helmets do not need to have a visor, but if they do, they must be flexible or snap-on. Passenger Laws Safety is just as crucial for motorcycle passengers. In Alabama, passengers must: Wear a helmet, Have a separate seat and footrest; and Be able to hold on. There is no minimum age for motorcycle passengers. Passengers are required only to abide by passenger laws. Lane Sharing Laws Motorcyclist lane sharing is allowed in Alabama, but no more than two motorcycles can share a lane side by side. Lane splitting—when a motorcyclist rides between cars—is illegal in Alabama.  Injured in an accident? We can help with a free-case analysis Begin Free Case Review Here What to Do After You Are Injured in an Accident and Not at Fault If you are involved in an accident, there are certain steps you should take. These steps include: Calling 911 right away; Seeking medical attention if needed; and Collecting information from the scene of the accident, including the other driver’s information. After reporting the accident to your insurance company, it is imperative you call an attorney. Many times, after an accident involving a motorcycle, it is assumed that the motorcycle driver was driving recklessly. If you are not at fault, your attorney will be able to review your case and conduct an investigation to prove fault. Contacting an Alabama Personal Injury Attorney After following the appropriate steps, you should contact an Alabama personal injury attorney as soon as possible. An experienced attorney will review your case and give you the best legal advice. Fob James Law Firm has over 40 years of experience advocating for clients. We take fewer cases to provide our clients with the highest quality care and service. You can always expect attention and compassion while we work toward obtaining a just settlement. Contact us today, and let’s see how we can help you. 

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