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Motorcycles are some of the most enjoyable vehicles available. Their acceleration, agility, and fuel savings are but a few of their positive qualities. However motorcycles also have their drawbacks. As a smaller vehicle, they are less conspicuous and thus they are more likely to be hit by another motorist. When motorcycles are involved in accidents, the injuries are often significantly more severe. In fact, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) calculates that motorcyclists are 34 times more likely to suffer a fatal injury when compared to the occupant of a passenger vehicle.
If you have suffered a serious in jury in a motorcycle accident Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law can provide aggressive and strategic representation. If your loved one has unfortunately been killed in a motorcycle accident we can also provide experienced representation.
Attorney Handles Arkansas’ At-Fault Insurance System
One of the most stressful parts of a motorcycle accident for a driver it trying to negotiate with the insurance companies. They may wish to settle for a small amount immediately or they may attempt to pressure you into making an admission or statement of some kind. However negotiating or interacting with an insurance company is almost always an essential step in the process following an accident.
The auto insurance regime in Arkansas is known as an at-fault system. What this means is the party that is declared to be at fault for the accident can be held financially liable for the injuries and other damages experienced. An experienced attorney can navigate the challenges presented throughout the litigation process.
Arkansas Motorcycle Accident Statistics
The most recently available statistics available from the state of Arkansas’ website reveals that there were 1,441 motorcycle, ATV and moped crashes in the state in 2011. While most of the crashes fortunately did not produce any deaths, 74 accidents did produce fatalities. Approximately 72% of those fatally injured were not wearing a helmet. Although the exact number of incidents for 2013 is unclear, the number of crashes reached a high of 1,913 in 2008. While motorcycle accidents hovered around 1,000 per a year in the early 2000s, it increased over the course of the decade with the number more commonly being around 1,500 accidents per a year.
Why do Motorcycle Accidents Occur?
The reasons that motorcycle accidents occur are extremely numerous. While in some accidents one factor may be the sole cause, other accidents may be the result of multiple risk factors coming together. Common reasons for motorcycle accidents and collisions include:
- Traffic law violation – Violations of traffic regulations can increase the likelihood of an accident. Depending on the particular law violated, the driver may have committed negligence per se.
- Failed to see motorcycle – Accidents that are caused when a driver fails to see the other driver are often caused by a lack of conspicuity. Motorcyclists are especially at risk for this type of injury.
- Bad weather – Poor weather conditions can reduce visibility and increase stopping distances. Both factors can increase the chances that you will be involved in an accident or collision in Arkansas.
- Distracted driver – The proliferation of electronic devices such as cell phones, tablets and on-board entertainment systems now means that there are distractions abound for drivers. However, taking your eyes off the road for even an instant can result in tragic consequences whether it is due to turning to discipline screaming kids in the back seat or while changing the radio station.
- Misjudgment – Sometimes people make honest mistakes in their judgment. They may have thought that the vehicle was traveling more rapidly than it appeared to be. However even honest mistakes can cause life-altering injuries.
- Alcohol – Consumption of alcohol reduces reaction times and impairs decision-making. Alcohol significantly increases the risk of a vehicular collision. According to NHTSA statistics, of those motorcyclists to be involved in a fatal accident, 27 percent had a BAC of .08 percent or above.
These reasons are only those typical to a motorcycle accident. Each and every accident is unique and must be analyzed independently to uncover the reasons behind it.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Each and every motorcycle accident is caused by unique circumstances that produce their own consequences. While it is difficult to say predict what injuries one may suffer, certain types of injuries are observed more frequently than others. Some injuries that are commonly reported or diagnosed after a motorcycle accident include:
- Whiplash – Whiplash is commonly reported by those in car, truck, SUV, and motorcycle accidents. Despite being fairly common, whiplash injuries can cause serious problems including severe back and neck pain, dizziness, nausea, and confusion.
- Broken bones – Motorcyclists do not have the safe degree of protection that a driver or passenger of a vehicle have. As such, they can be thrown from the bike or the motorcycle can topple onto them.
- Traumatic brain injuries — A TBI is one of the most worrisome injuries because the brain controls all functions and processes in the body. Damage to the brain can disrupt these systems or cause them to fail. Furthermore brain injuries can impair cognitive skills, social skills, and your ability to function independently.
- Knee, ankle, or joint injuries – Being knocked off of a motorcycle in an accident or having the bike fall onto the rider can result in serious injuries to the body.
Contact a Bentonville, Arkansas Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Unfortunately the foregoing are but a few of the more common injuries a motorcyclist can sustain. If you have been in a motorcycle accident – even one that initially seems to be minor – seek medical attention to rule out any serious underlying injuries.
Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law fights for Arkansans who are injured due to the recklessness or negligence of others. If you have suffered a serious motorcycle injury contact Ken Kieklak by calling (479) 251-7767 or contact us online.
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