Few things in life can match the thrill of cruising down the highway or open road on your motorcycle. When riding, it can seem as if all of your other problems and concerns melt into the background. Unfortunately, motorcycles aren’t without their drawbacks and concerns however. When riding, a motorcyclists must be particularly concerned with other vehicles n the road due to the motorcycle’s reduced profile and visibility. Furthermore, motorcyclists are at a significantly increased risk of fatal injury should they be involved in a collision or accident. Statistics provided by the Nation Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveal that motorcyclists have a 34 times greater chance of a fatal injury when compared to the occupant of a car or truck.
A serious car or truck accident often results in catastrophic or fatal injuries. These injuries can require extensive medical treatment and therapy. Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law can represent you and work to obtain compensation from the responsible party. If you have suffered a serious injury, don’t go it alone and potentially pay for the irresponsible behavior of another. Contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer today.
Attorney Handles Arkansas’ At-Fault Insurance System
While it can be extremely frustrating to do so, negotiating with the insurance company is an essential element of any personal injury or vehicular accident matter. It is important to remember that the insurance company’s goals and your goals are not necessarily aligned. Do not sign any agreements or make any statements to the insurance company without first consulting with an experienced attorney.
Furthermore, Ken Kieklak can handle Arkansas’ at-fault liability system. In an at-fault system, the driver who is declared to be at-fault for the accident can be held financially liable for all damages. Damages can include:
- Whiplash, spine injuries, fractured bones and other physical injuries
- Damage to the vehicle
- Damage to any other property
- Loss of household services
- Pain and suffering experienced
An experienced attorney can fight for you and work to hold the negligent, careless, or reckless party accountable.
Arkansas Motorcycle Accident Statistics
While the most recently provided motorcycle accidents statistics are from 2011, they can nevertheless offer some insight into the frequency of accidents in the state. Overall in 2011, there were 1,441 motorcycle, ATV and moped crashes in the Arkansas. Thankfully the large majority of these accidents and collisions did not result in fatal injuries. Of those accidents that produced fatal injuries, the risk greatly increased when a safety helmet was not worn. In fact, 72% of fatal accidents occurred when a helmet was not utilized.
Although the exact number of accidents that occurred in 2013 is unclear, we can provide some context by looking at accident trends throughout the 2000s. Motorcycle crashes peaked at 1,913 in 2008. However by the end of the first decade of the 2000s it was much more common for the incidence of accidents to be in the area of 1,500 per a year.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcycle accidents can produce particularly severe injuries. Some injuries that are commonly reported by those who experience a motorcycle accident include:
- Whiplash – Whiplash injuries can cause back and neck pain, nausea, confusion and problems with focus and attention. It is one of the most common injuries reported by those in motorcycle and automobile accidents.
- Broken bones – A motorcyclist can be thrown from his or her bike or the bike can topple on top of its rider. In either case, broken bones or other serious injuries can occur.
- Traumatic brain injuries – As the control center of the body, the brain is essential to all other bodily functions. Damage to the brain can cause problems with communication, cognitive abilities, focus, attention, and more.
Unfortunately many more injuries are possible on a motorcycle. Motorcyclists can suffer severe burns, knee and ankle injuries, or lacerations.
Rely on Rogers, Arkansas Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Ken Kieklak
Ken Kieklak fights for Arkansans who are injured due to the recklessness or negligence of others. If you have suffered a serious motorcycle injury contact Ken by calling (479) 316-0438 or contact us online.