In the summer, it’s common for one of the 112,000 motorcycle owners in Alabama to pull their bikes out of the garage and hit the roads to take advantage of the warm, sunny weather and scenic country roads. However, the thrill of hitting the road on two wheels doesn’t come without serious risk to riders in the Cotton State. In 2017, Alabama ranked #15 of all 50 states for number of motorcycle accidents with 79 deaths, and the Alabama State Troopers reported they responded to 87 accidents where motorcyclists suffered non-fatal injuries. Though many accidents are not the fault of a rider, it’s critical you know the steps you should take be as safe as possible when getting on your bike.
Take a Motorcycle Safety Course
Shockingly, Alabama is the only state or territory in the entire country that permits motorcyclists to receive a license without passing a test on riding skills. Passing a written exam can substitute for completing a safety course or a riding test. Though not required, these courses teach riding techniques and help you practice maneuvers that may prevent accidents and save you from injuries or worse.
Practice Safe Behaviors
Not only should riders follow the rules of the road, a few common-sense behaviors can help you avoid excessive risk, keep you out of dangerous situations, and perhaps save your life. Remember:
- Ride at your skill level – don’t try tricks or stunts you see done by professionals
- Wear an NHTSA approved helmet and appropriate protective gear while riding
- Stay off the roads during times visibility isn’t ideal, such as poor weather conditions, and the time close to dawn and dusk
- Don’t ride too fast for the road conditions and weather you’re experiencing
- Even in perfect riding conditions, avoid excessive speed
- Watch motorists around you carefully; assume they don’t see you and behave accordingly
Speak to an Alabama Personal Injury Lawyer
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, you know that injuries and expense can turn your world upside down in an instant. To get the help you need and the money you deserve, contact the skilled Mobile Personal Injury Attorneys at Stevenson Klotz. We have years of experience working with clients like you and know how to investigate your accident, value your case, and fight to get you maximum possible compensation. Call us at (850) 706-4226 or fill out our online Contact Page to schedule your free initial case evaluation. Let us answer your questions and work to get you back in the saddle starting today.
Following graduation from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, Eric Stevenson held a number of positions including Assistant State Attorney in the First Judicial Circuit of Florida. Eric has been practicing with partner Christopher Klotz since 2015 litigating personal injury and car accidents in Alabama and Florida.