Even if you are following all laws and are being as careful as possible while riding your motorcycle, a negligent driver of a car or truck may crash into your motorcycle and cause you significant injuries.
In a case like this, you have the right to file a personal injury claim against the driver who caused the accident, seeking to recover the cost of medical bills, as well as damages for your pain and suffering.
A Little Rock motorcycle accident lawyer with the Morris Bart law firm can help you to seek the settlement to which you may be entitled. Call us today at (501) 588-3304 for a free consultation.
Dangers of Operating a Motorcycle in Arkansas
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), 14.7% of all motor vehicle deaths in Arkansas in 2016 involved a motorcyclist. In total, 79 motorcyclists were killed in accidents on Arkansas roadways in 2016. Nationally, 5,251 motorcyclists died in traffic accidents.
Greater Risk of Injuries
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle riders are at a higher risk of injuries in an accident for several reasons, including:
- Lack of experience: Some motorcycle riders may not be overly experienced with operating the motorcycle or may not have the proper license, as required by the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA).
- Lack of protection: Cars have built-in features that protect drivers and passengers. Motorcycle drivers, however, must wear their safety gear. Arkansas requires all motorcyclists of age 20 and younger to wear a helmet, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
- Smaller size: The average motorcycle weighs about 400 to 500 pounds, according to J.D. Power. In comparison, the average passenger car weighs 3,000 to 6,000 pounds, leaving the motorcycle at a distinct disadvantage when it collides with a vehicle.
- Rough weather: Motorcycles are more challenging to control in poor weather than the typical passenger car, which could lead to a greater chance of an accident for the motorcyclist.
- Drivers not looking for motorcycles: Motor vehicle drivers sometimes do not look closely enough for motorcycles on the road, so the car driver may miss seeing a motorcyclist, causing an accident.
For a free legal consultation with a Motorcycle Accident lawyer serving Little Rock, call 800-537-8185
Receiving Help with Your Case
Not only does the motorcycle driver have a greater chance of ending up with injuries in an accident than someone driving a car, but the motorcyclist’s injuries also could be far more severe than what the car passenger or driver suffers. In a collision between a motorcycle and car, those in the car may suffer minimal or no injuries, but the motorcyclist may need transportation to a hospital in an ambulance.
If you are ready to seek reimbursement for your medical bills and injuries related to the accident, consider hiring a Little Rock motorcycle accident lawyer to protect your interests. Call the Morris Bart law firm at (501) 588-3304 as soon as possible for a free review of your case. We take pride in our ability to defend the rights of victims of motorcycle accidents, holding the person who caused the accident responsible for his or her actions.
Seeking Reimbursement After an Accident
When you begin the process of trying to receive a settlement for your injuries after a motorcycle accident that was not your fault, you can seek payment for a multitude of items, including:
- Medical treatment: Your expenses for medical treatment at the hospital, from your doctor, and in a rehabilitation facility may all be eligible for reimbursement in a settlement.
- Future medical needs: The estimated costs for your future medical care related to ongoing issues from your injuries in the motorcycle accident should be part of the settlement.
- Lost wages: You can attempt to receive reimbursement for wages you could not collect while recovering from your injuries.
- Future lost wages: You can receive an award for estimated wages you could have earned had the accident not occurred, but that you will now be unable to earn because your injuries left you unable to work in the same way you had before the crash.
- Pain and suffering: You can receive payment as part of a settlement that is designed to compensate you for any pain you are having or reduction in your quality of life because you cannot enjoy the same activities you did before the accident.
If your loved one died in a motorcycle accident, you have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit and recover some of these same awards for the family. In a wrongful death action, qualifying family members may be able to receive reimbursement for funeral or burial costs as well.
You do Not Have to Pay Any Fees Upfront for Our Services
At the Morris Bart law firm, we focus on personal injury cases, including those involving all types of vehicle accidents with injuries. We know how the insurance companies for negligent drivers attempt to treat victims of these types of accidents, and we are ready to fight for your right to receive a settlement that reflects the nature of your injuries and the potential for a reduction in quality of life.
A Little Rock motorcycle accident lawyer will be ready to begin working on your case as soon as you hire us. We will study the facts in the case, determine what happened, and present your side of the story.
Contact us as soon as possible at (501) 588-3304. Because we work on a contingency-fee-basis, you do not have to make any payments at the time you hire us. Instead, our fees will come out of the final settlement amount you receive in your case.
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