At the Law Offices of Alan LeVar, our motorcycle accident lawyers have handled many cases that resulted in serious injury for the motorcycle driver. According to the Arkansas State Police Highway Safety Office, there are over a thousand motorcycle crashes in Arkansas every year, many of which involve death or serious injury.
One major potential legal complication can happen if the motorcycle accident victim slips into a coma. Legally, the victim is still alive, but is unable to make important decisions regarding personal welfare and legal matters. These cases are fairly common, so our motorcycle accident lawyers recommend that anyone who regularly drives a motorcycle get a durable power of attorney, which gives a trusted person the power to handle the victim’s affairs if they are not competent to do so.
A durable power of attorney can make decisions regarding:
- The level of medical care you receive for your injuries
- How long to keep you on life support
- Applying for government benefits on your behalf
- Managing your finances
- Taking legal action on your behalf
Without a durable power of attorney, your family will be forced to go through the court system in order to get someone appointed, which can be expensive and time-consuming, and cause extra stress to your loved ones during an already stressful time.
Obviously someone who has durable power of attorney for you must be someone you can trust to act in your best interests. For many people, this is a spouse or family member. If you have any questions about what specific powers you can give to people with this legal document, set up an appointment with our Arkansas motorcycle accident lawyers to find out more. You can reach the Law Offices of Alan LeVar at (888) 220-7068. Call today to schedule your free consultation.