Crawford County is part of the Fort Smith, Arkansas metropolitan area. Despite being the site of distinguished, historic urban areas like Van Buren, Crawford County is also home scenic vistas and open roads. Whether a rider is seeking to get away from it all on country roads or needs to pull into town, Crawford County has it all. For that reason many motorcycle riders come through the area.
While the vast majority of these trips are safe and uneventful, there are some trips that do not go as planned. In many of these instances, the problem is caused by a careless, negligent, or aggressive driver. These drivers act without thinking about the consequences and injuries they can inflict. Unfortunately, injuries from a motorcycle accident are often more severe than those suffered in a comparable accident in a passenger vehicle.
Why Can Motorcycle Accidents Be More Serious?
While motorcycles are agile vehicles able to successfully avoid many hazards that would impact a larger vehicle, there are some drawbacks to the vehicle design. To start, when an accident or collision does occur the injuries suffered by the rider are typical more severe. This is chiefly because the rider on a motorcycle is significantly more exposed to the violent forces that follow a collision. Motorcycle riders simply do not have the benefit of a bubble of glass and steel, airbags, or seat belts. Further exacerbating the injuries suffered by motorcycle riders is the fact that most collisions involve a vehicle significantly larger than the motorcycle.
While every motorcycle accident is unique and the product of unique factors and circumstances, there are certain injuries that are more commonly reported. These injuries include:
- Whiplash – Whiplash injuries occur due to the uneven effect of forces on the neck, spine, brain, and connective tissues. The shearing and tearing of this tissue can cause the victim to experience physical and mental signs and symptoms. Whiplash injuries vary in severity, but can be debilitating.
- Burn injuries – Thermal and friction burns are, unfortunately, extremely common in motorcycle accidents. Sometimes called “road rash” injuries of this type are extremely painful and can require extensive rehabilitative care.
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) – TBIs are one of the most serious types of injuries a person can suffer. An injury to the brain and its structures can have a wide range of effects to the body and its systems. A TBI can cause impaired cognition, difficulty with abstract concepts, reduced information processing abilities, increased irritability and aggression, and many other effects. While the use of an approved safety helmet can reduce he chance of a brain injury, no safety device can guarantee prevention.
- Broken bones – Since motorcycle riders are less protected, the rider often strikes the ground and the bike may land on top of the motorcyclist. Broken bones and crushed limbs are extremely serious injuries.
The above covers only a selection of some of the more common injuries. Cuts, scrapes, abrasions, knee sprains, ankle sprains, and many other injuries are also unfortunately all too common. In some cases, death may be the tragic result of a careless error by another driver.
Why do Motorcycle Accidents Occur?
Motorcycles are unique vehicles with their own identity — or perhaps multiple identities. However, as a relatively smaller sized vehicle, the very nature of a motorcycle makes it less likely to be noticed by another driver. In fact, the other driver failing to see the motorcycle and its rider is one of the most common reasons for accidents. This is especially prevalent when one vehicle was making a left-hand turn. Other common reasons for motorcycle accidents include aggressive drivers, drivers who fail to signal, drivers who fail to yield, distracted drivers, and many other reasons. In other cases debris dropped by a car or truck can cause the rider to lose control. If your motorcycle accident was caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another person, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries and other damages.
Rely on Crawford County, Arkansas Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Ken Kieklak
Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law has faught on behalf of injury victims for more than 20 years. We understand many of the circumstances an injury victim can experience. We are dedicated to fighting to hold the responsible party financially accountable for you. To schedule a free and private legal consultation call us at (479) 316-0438 or contact us online.