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Alabama follows the plaintiff-unfriendly contributory negligence rule. What this means is that if you get injured and file a claim, you cannot recover damages if you were partly at fault, even by one percent. Insurance companies often take advantage of this rule to deny the injured the compensation they deserve. Don't fall for this trick. You need a Mobile bicycle accident lawyer to fight for you. Contact Morgan and Morgan, America's largest injury firm, for a free case evaluation.
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What Causes Bicycle Accidents?
Bicycle accidents can happen to any of us who love cycling. It usually takes just a tiny instance of negligence, especially by other parties on the road. Examples of common causes include:
- Blind spots
- Drivers' failure to yield the right of way
- Drivers going over the speed limit
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Poor road conditions
- Unclear bike lanes
That said, cyclists might also be responsible for the accident. This is especially true if they're not following road cycling rules. Sometimes, it's a mix of factors involving both the cyclist and the driver.
Deadline for Filing a Bicycle Accident Claim in Alabama
In Alabama, you typically have two years from the date of the bicycle accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you miss this two-year window, you might lose the chance to take legal action and claim compensation, even if your case is valid.
Exceptions to the Statute of Limitations
That said, there may be a few exceptions to the state's two-year statute of limitations for bicycle accident claims. For example, if the injured person is a minor, the clock might not start ticking until they turn 19.
In some cases, if the injury wasn't discovered right away, the deadline might be extended to the time you actually discovered (or should have discovered) it. However, these exceptions can be complex, and it's not always clear if they apply. That's why it's a good idea to talk to a Mobile bicycle accident lawyer from Morgan and Morgan to understand your options.
What Damages Can I Claim?
After a bicycle accident, you can claim compensation for medical expenses, both current and future, lost wages (only if you can't work because of your injuries), and property damage. You may also be able to claim non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, permanent figment, and anything else that applies to your case.
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