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How Are Motorcycle Accidents Different Than Other Passenger Vehicle Accidents?

You might think that a motorcycle accident injury claim is no different from any other type of motor vehicle accident claim. However, motorcycle accident claims have unique differences and challenges that riders may face when pursuing financial compensation for their injuries and losses. 

After you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident in Arkansas, you need legal representation experienced in motorcycle accident claims to help you pursue financial recovery from the parties at fault for the accident and your injuries. Turn to Pfeifer Law Firm for help with the complexities and difficulties of securing compensation after a motorcycle crash. 

Contact us today for a free initial case evaluation with an experienced Arkansas motorcycle accident attorney. Learn more about the differences between motorcycle accidents and other car accident cases and what steps we can take to protect your rights and interests and help you move forward.

Motorcycle Accidents in Arkansas

According to the Governors’ Highway Safety Association, in 2016, there were 79 motorcycle rider fatalities in the state of Arkansas, representing 14.7 percent of all total motor vehicle accident fatalities in the state.

How Motorcycle Accidents Are Different

Motorcycle accident cases differ from other kinds of motor vehicles accident claims in a few important ways, such as:

Drivers are more likely to get into accidents with motorcycles.

Unfortunately, many motorists on the road don’t exercise adequate caution when sharing the road with motorcycles. In many motorcycle accidents, the at-fault driver has claimed that they never saw the motorcyclist before the crash. 

This can be attributed to the fact that drivers of passenger vehicles and trucks are subconsciously looking out for vehicles similar to the type they are driving. Drivers may be less conscious of the fact that a motorcycle is sharing the road with them. Add in the fact that motorcycles are much smaller than passenger vehicles, and it becomes much easier for drivers to fail to notice motorcyclists on the road, creating a risk of a collision.

Motorcycle riders suffer more serious injuries.

Riders have almost no protection in a collision with another vehicle, unlike the occupants of passenger vehicles who are protected by their vehicle’s body, airbags, seat belts, and other safety features. As a result, motorcycle riders tend to suffer more serious injuries in crashes than occupants of cars. 

This can complicate motorcycle accident claims, as riders may suffer larger financial losses due to their more severe injuries and may still be undergoing treatment even when negotiating for a settlement or litigating their claim in court.

Riders must combat popular prejudices and stereotypes against motorcycles.

Motorcycle riders also have to overcome biases and stereotypes against motorcycles and their riders when trying to establish the fault of the other motorist. Many of these stereotypes are promoted by movie and television portrayals of “bikers” and “motorcycle gangs.”

Some people see motorcycle riders as reckless motorists or outlaws and thus may be more willing to accept an at-fault driver’s claim that the motorcycle rider in the accident was speeding or swerving through traffic, potentially putting some or all the blame for the accident on the rider. However, most motorcycle riders understand the risks of an accident and take care to operate their motorcycle in as safe a manner as possible.

Why You Need a Lawyer Who Understands Motorcycle Accident Cases

Having legal representation from an attorney who understands and has experience handling and successfully recovering fair and full compensation in motorcycle accident cases can prove important for several reasons, including:
  • Motorcycle accidents involve greater injuries and greater losses. Having an attorney experienced in motorcycle accident claims means your lawyer will know that you’ve likely suffered and will continue to suffer greater losses than a vehicle occupant injured in a typical car accident. Lawyers familiar with motorcycle accident claims will know that they may need to pursue a larger settlement than offers typically made in car accident claims. 
  • Calculating the value of a claim while a rider is still undergoing treatment can prove difficult. In many motorcycle accident cases, a rider may still be undergoing treatment when their attorney begins settlement negotiations with the insurance company or at-fault driver. That means the attorney will need to estimate the rider’s expected future losses, including expected medical costs, future lost wages, and lost earning capacity.
  • Insurance companies and defense lawyers vigorously deny liability in motorcycle accident cases. Attorneys familiar with motorcycle accident claims know that liable drivers and insurance companies attempt to avoid compensating injured motorcycle riders by trying to shift blame for the crash onto the rider. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney will expect and know how to respond to these tactics to ensure their client receives fair compensation for their claim.
How Pfeifer Law Firm Can Help

Pursuing a motorcycle accident claim can prove incredibly complex. Let Pfeifer Law Firm assist you with seeking financial recovery for your injuries and losses by:
  • Taking the time to discuss your legal rights and options and to make sure you know what to expect at every stage of your case
  • Investigating the accident to secure evidence to help build a strong, effective case in your favor
  • Fighting back against efforts to assign some or all the blame for the accident on you
  • Working with experts in accident reconstruction, medicine, vocational rehabilitation, and finance to help craft a persuasive argument to hold the other party or parties responsible for your losses
  • Filing claims on your behalf with the insurance companies and liable parties, and aggressively negotiating for a fair and full settlement
  • Taking your claim to court when necessary to pursue your claim and vigorously advocating on your behalf in court and at trial to pursue a judgment in your favor
When you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle crash, turn to Pfeifer Law Firm for a free, no-obligation consultation to speak to a knowledgeable Arkansas motorcycle accident attorney. Learn more about how our firm can help you pursue the compensation you need for your recovery from your injuries and losses from the accident. Call us today at 501-374-4440.