Motorcycle accidents can cause devastating injuries. These injuries can turn your life upside down. As lawyers who have been representing accident victims for decades, we know how difficult your situation can be. Even as a responsible biker who follows Arkansas motorcycle laws, you may face a life-altering injury because of the negligence of another driver. You deserve maximum compensation. For a free case evaluation with our experienced motorcycle accident attorneys serving Little Rock, Arkadelphia, Texarkana, Hot Springs and the surrounding areas, please call The Law Offices of Alan LeVar at (888) 220-7068.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Most motorcycle riders are responsible and exercise care when traveling the nation’s roads. Some research suggests that passenger vehicles are most often the cause of accidents involving motorcycles. Some of the most common causes include:
- Aggressive, selfish driving by cars unwilling to share the road with motorcycles
- Failure to notice a motorcycle lawfully driving on the road
- Left turns in front of a motorcycle
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Improperly placed or maintained road hazards
- Distracted driving, especially texting while driving
A recent study found that 60 percent of motorcycle accidents in Florida involving another type of vehicle were caused by the drivers of the other vehicle, and not the motorcyclist.
The Risks Faced by Motorcycle Riders
As a motorcycle rider, you face a special set of conditions related to operating your bike, which may increase your risk of a motorcycle accident. These conditions or circumstances include:
Harder to see and recognize. Cars and trucks are much easier to see and recognize than a much smaller motorcycle. Accidents are sometimes the result of a driver failing to see you at an intersection or in the lane beside them.
Reduced stability. Motorcycles are less stable than vehicles with four wheels. Especially when applying the brakes, making a sudden lane change or another maneuver at high speeds, this instability can lead to an accident.
Rider experience plays a role. Motorcycles require training, skills and experience to operate safely – more so than cars and basic trucks. Because of the training required, an inexperienced or poorly trained rider may have difficulty overcoming roadway obstacles, and could be injured as a result.
Hazards in the roadway. Motorcycles have to contend with uneven road surfaces, wet pavement, debris and objects in the road in a way that vehicles do not. These conditions can sometimes lead to a crash.
Sharing the Road with Motorcycles in Summer
Arkansas is one of the top motorcycle road trip destinations in America. Whether you’re simply making your daily commute or cruising the back roads for fun, you should always make road-sharing safety a priority.
Things for Arkansas drivers to keep in mind when sharing the road with motorcycles:
- Be aware of your blind spots – Motorcycles can easily disappear from view in blind spots or behind objects.
- Keep a safe distance – Slippery surfaces or other road conditions can make it difficult for motorcycles to stop, so always give them a greater following distance.
- Stay alert to motorcycle movements – Motorcyclists may change positions in a lane to improve visibility or avoid unsafe road conditions, so when you see a motorcyclist on the road, try to stay tuned-in to his or her movements.
- Be cautious at intersections – Judging a motorcycle’s speed and distance can be tricky, so at intersections, always assume that the motorcycle is closer than it appears.
While drivers can greatly improve road-sharing safety with those precautions, motorcyclists can also prevent both accidents and motorcycle-related injuries by following some basic safety guidelines:
- Always wear a helmet
- Avoid riding in the blind spots of motor vehicles
- Be aware of your speed
- Adjust your driving for weather conditions
- Stay alert and anticipate hazards
Unfortunately, even these precautions can’t prevent every motorcycle accident.
Was Negligence a Factor in the Crash?
In the list of common causes above, the other driver’s negligence is likely to have caused the accident. You can think of negligence basically as carelessness – a driver who shirks his or her duties as a driver can cause an accident as a result. As someone who has suffered an injury in an accident caused by someone else, you should not have to suffer the physical, financial and emotional strain of your injury without being appropriately and justly compensated.
As the injured driver, you are unlikely to know exactly how the accident happened – the chaos of an accident easily leaves the details murky, especially if you lost consciousness. Motorcycle accidents tend to be complex webs of contributing factors, and untangling this web requires a truly skilled and experienced investigator. As an experienced law team, we know how to investigate your case to determine fault. Typically, investigating an accident includes the following:
- Speaking to witnesses
- Examining all physical evidence, including tire marks and other evidence from the scene
- Examining police and medical reports filed at the scene and afterward
We use everything we know about your injury and the accident that caused it to show how your life has been turned upside down, and to demonstrate why you deserve maximum compensation.
Choosing the Right Accident Attorney for Your Case
At the Law Offices of Alan LeVar, our attorneys have the experience, passion and skills to pursue the best possible outcome to your accident case. Alan LeVar and all of our attorneys specialize in motor vehicle accidents and injury law, so we are fully focused on these types of cases. As a result of this focus, we understand relevant state and federal laws and how they may play a role in your case. We also know what obstacles to plan for and how to anticipate the progression of your case. If your case needs to go all the way to a jury, we have the litigation experience to take it there. From the day you become our client, we will be at your side, fighting for what is in your best interest. Our lawyers are driven by advocating for people who have suffered an injury through no fault of their own. You deserve compensation so that you can begin to rebuild your life and move forward.
We offer a free case evaluation so that you can get to know us and so that we can learn more about the details of your case. For a consultation, please call us at (888) 220-7068. We are proud to serve people from across the region, including the areas of Little Rock, Texarkana, Arkadelphia, Conway and Hot Springs.
Injuries in Typical Motorcycle Accident Cases
The nature of a motorcycle is that it offers virtually no protection. Helmets and motorcycle-specific clothing should be worn at all times when you are riding, to mitigate the risk of serious injury or death in the event of an accident. Because the bike offers no protection, a motorcycle rider is vulnerable to truly catastrophic injuries, including the following:
- Significant skin loss
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Loss of a limb
- Broken bones
- Scarring and disfigurement
These injuries can cause disability, excruciating pain, and may require ongoing medical care and physical therapy. You may require job re-training or you may have to learn a new career entirely. If your injury has caused serious and lasting disability, you may not be able to work. Our experienced motorcycle accident attorneys know the lasting impact your injuries may have, and we are determined to pursue the compensation you need to begin rebuilding your life and making a full physical recovery.
Fatal Accident Injuries
Tragically, motorcycle accident injuries can be fatal. We know that no amount of money can undo the wrong that has been done to your family, nor can it reverse the tragedy of a life cut short. But with a compensation award, you can address the financial ramifications of the accident so that you can focus on you and your family. A compensation award also holds accountable the person who caused the deadly accident. As the spouse or dependant of a loved one killed in a crash, you may be entitled to recover compensation for the following:
- Loss of your loved one’s benefits, earnings and future retirement savings
- End-of-life expenses and medical bills
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of parental guidance
There may be other aspects of your case as well, not included in the list above, for which compensation may be awarded. Please speak to our experienced attorneys to find out if you are eligible to file a wrongful death claim.
Motorcycle Accident Settlements
The financial ramifications of your injury may be weighing heavily on your shoulders. Not only are you dealing with what may be a very painful injury, you may also be wondering how you will continue to get the medical care you need while supporting yourself and your dependants. These types of catastrophic injuries often mean you won’t be able to return to work for some time, which may mean you are losing income even as your medical expenses rise. The attorneys at our law firm want to fight to recover compensation on your behalf for all of the ways you have been affected:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Loss of wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
We have achieved numerous favorable verdicts and settlements for motorcycle accident victims from across the region. Our lawyers are driven by the opportunity to advocate for people who have suffered injury because of someone else’s careless behavior.
What To Do After a Motorcycle Accident
In the aftermath of a crash and ensuing treatment for your injury, you may feel overwhelmed, frustrated and exhausted by the situation. Turn to our attorneys for clear, honest information about what options are available to you. Although each person’s situation is unique, here are several pointers that may help you take the next step:
- Get a free evaluation of your case from our attorneys
- Get the medical care you need and go to all of your scheduled appointments
- Collect documentation, bills, statements, etc., related to the accident and your injury
- Begin journaling to keep track of medical appointments, treatment start dates, communication with anyone relevant, etc.
- Consult our attorneys about what to do if the other party or their insurance company contacts you
Having an experienced legal advocate on your side can make a significant difference in your case. Our seasoned motorcycle accident attorneys have a reputation for success and can help you navigate through the challenges of your injury. We are firmly committed to helping our clients make a full physical and financial recovery.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Texarkana, Little Rock, Arkadelphia, Hot Springs, Conway or any of the surrounding areas, please call The Law Offices of Alan LeVar, at (888) 220-7068, for a free case evaluation. Our experienced motorcycle accidents lawyers are personally committed to obtaining the best possible result on your behalf.