On Sunday, May 3rd, Ryan Brown, 24, was injured in a car wreck while driving a motorcycle. He was taken to Tanner Medical Center East Alabama for treatment. The driver of the other vehicle has not been identified yet; however, she suffered no injuries in the accident. The accident happened on County Road 129, outside of Wedowee.
What are next steps while recovering from a motorcycle accident?
WBRC Fox6’s LawCall Host, Tiffany Bittner, interviews Attorney Ken Riley.
TIFFANY BITTNER: Motorcycles are so dangerous, especially since we have seen an increase of distracted drivers on the roads. Ken, what does Mr. Brown need to do in order to cover the cost of his medical treatment?
KEN RILEY: I agree, I have helped so many clients with injuries from motorcycle accidents that I will probably never have the urge to drive one. Wrecks involving motorcycles are not usually the fault of the motorcyclist. Typically, a driver does not notice a motorcycle until it is too late, especially in a distracted driver situation. Obviously, there are not protective materials for a motorcycle like a car, so the injuries are usually more severe. If Mr. Brown is hurt badly, his personal injury case will take some time, so that he can fully recover before the insurance company compensates him. If he settles too quickly, he may not realize the severity or the longevity of his injuries, which are factors that an experienced personal injury attorney will consider for maximum recovery.
TIFFANY BITTNER: It makes sense that injuries would be more severe when in a motorcycle wreck. What types of injuries do you typically see?
KEN RILEY: We have seen everything from road rash and lacerations to broken bones and torn ligaments. We recently closed a case where a Lyft driver pulled out in front of our client, who was driving a motorcycle. Our client suffered many broken bones all over his body, the worst of which was a shattered shoulder blade. Tiffany, the silver lining about our state shutting down is that the amount of wrecks has decreased significantly. There are simply less distracted drivers on the road right now.
TIFFANY BITTNER: That is good news to hear. As more and more people in Alabama return to work, what one piece of advice would you give them to avoid distracted driving?
KEN RILEY: If I had to choose just one, it would be to put your cellphone in your glove compartment or in the back seat. Many things in your car can distract you, such as food, radio, and children, but your cellphone is the most dangerous by far. Taking your eye off the road for even 5 seconds to answer a text, make a phone call, or scroll on social media could result in a fatal car wreck. I truly think that one solution would make our roadways safer.
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