According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there were an estimated 122,000 visits to the emergency room for non-fatal motorcycle-related injuries and over 34,000 deaths between the years of 2001 and 2008. Approximately thirty percent (30%) of the nonfatal injuries were to the leg and foot while twenty-two percent (22%) were to the head and neck.
A motorcycle driver is at an increased risk to sustain serious injuries. This is undoubtedly because the motorcycle does not provide the safety features of an automobile. Additionally, a motorcycle is can be thrown off the road or into oncoming traffic after an accident occurs.
In an attempt to minimize the risks to motorcycle riders, Alabama has enacted several minimum requirements that a rider must comply with. The most important of all is the requirement that the motorcycle rider must wear a helmet that complies with the regulations of § 32-12-41, of the Alabama Code. If the motorcycle rider fails to comply with these regulations, the other party in the accident or their insurance company may use the noncompliance to potentially limit your compensation. It is crucial that you speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights.