Motorcyclists are a common sight in Birmingham and throughout Alabama. Drivers of passenger vehicles and trucks will generally keep an eye on riders and share the road to keep everyone safe. Unfortunately, there are some drivers who do not adhere to the law, are reckless, distracted or under the influence. These factors can be the catalyst for an accident. Since motorcyclists are not accorded the same level of protection as those in passenger vehicles, there is a chance of catastrophic injuries and death. To make matters worse, some drivers flee the scene after a collision.
A man, 23, died in a hit-and-run motorcycle accident. Law enforcement is searching for the vehicle and its driver and has been asking for tips from the public. According to the investigation, the accident happened shortly before 8 p.m. at an intersection. The motorcyclist was going through a green light when he was struck. The vehicle, a work van, was turning when it hit the bike. There was a fire after the impact. The motorcyclist was taken to the hospital where he died nearly 24 hours later. Law enforcement is continuing its investigation in search of the driver of the van. The vehicle had substantial damage to its passenger side.
Motorcycle accidents can cause injuries that lead to massive medical expenses and a radically changed life. There can be broken bones, spinal cord damage, head trauma and lost limbs. The victim may never be able to return to normal, could have trouble working and earning wages, and might need assistance to perform the basics of everyday life. Often, these accidents are so severe that the rider is killed. Even riders who wear a helmet and other protective equipment can suffer fatal injuries in a crash with a car.
Those who have been hurt or a family left behind should remember their right to pursue compensation in a legal filing. If it was a hit-and-run, it is still wise to have legal advice as drivers who flee the scene of an accident are often found as part of the investigation. The family of this man and anyone else who was hurt or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident may want to consider their options. A law firm with experience in investigating motorcycle crashes and seeking compensation through a legal filing could help with a claim.