Arkansas has countless roads and highways that are ideal for a motorcycle ride, whether you’re winding through the Ozark mountains or riding alongside the Mississippi river. Most riders understand the care and skill that’s required to operate a motorcycle and accordingly take every precaution when getting out on the road. But riders cannot fully protect themselves from every possible risk. As a result, motorcycle accidents unfortunately occur all too often in Arkansas.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident that was caused by someone else, you may be entitled to pursue financial compensation for the losses and injuries you’ve suffered. You don’t have to pursue financial recovery on your own. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney can help you seek fair and full compensation from those parties at fault for your injuries.
Attorney Paul Pfeifer has over two decades of experience fighting to protect the rights and interests of injured accident victims. He understands the physical and emotional distress and financial burdens that being involved in an accident can cause. That’s why Pfeifer Law Firm is dedicated to providing top-quality client service and legal representation.
When you choose our firm to help with your motorcycle accident claim, you can expect that your motorcycle accident lawyer will take the time to ensure you understand your rights and options and what to expect at every stage of the claim process. We believe having direct communication with your lawyer will help you get the best possible results in your case.
Don’t wait another day to get the caring representation you deserve. Call or contact our firm today for a free initial case evaluation to discuss how we can help you pursue financial compensation after you’ve been injured in an Arkansas motorcycle accident.Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in Arkansas include:
- Tailgating, or following too closely
- Reckless or aggressive driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Drowsy or fatigued driving
- Distracted driving, including texting/emailing-while driving, eating or drinking, or turning to talk to passengers
- Unsafe lane changes due to failures to signal or to check mirrors and blind spots
- Unsafe turning, including failing to yield to oncoming motorcycles
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Lane splitting, including a driver failing to move fully over to the adjacent lane when passing a motorcycle
- Inexperienced drivers, who may fail to look out for smaller motorcycles on the road
- Adverse weather, including heavy rain, snow, or fog
- Poor road conditions, including broken pavement, potholes, black ice, or debris in the roadway
- Motorcycle defects, including design or manufacturing defects in tires or brakes
Without the protection of a vehicle body or other safety technologies, like airbags and seat belts, motorcycle riders face a much higher risk of sustaining serious injuries in an accident. Examples of injuries frequently suffered by riders include:
- Road rash, or abrasions caused by contact with or sliding along the pavement or ground after being thrown from a motorcycle in a crash
- Burns, typically caused by contact with hot engine parts
- Severe lacerations and bleeding
- Fractured bones
- Dislocated joints
- Soft-tissue injuries such as tears to ligaments, muscles, or tendons
- Neck and back injuries, including whiplash injuries or herniated/ruptured spinal discs
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Crush injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Perforation injuries, which occur when a rider is impaled by an object
If you’ve been hurt by a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to seek compensation for losses that you incur due to your injuries. Compensation in motorcycle accident claims may cover:
- Costs of medical treatments, including surgeries, ER bills, medication, and medical equipment like braces or wheelchairs
- Rehabilitation services, including physical, occupational, or speech therapy
- Home health services
- Home maintenance services that you cannot perform yourself due to your injuries
- Lost wages or income from missed work
- Lost earning ability if you’re unable to return to your pre-accident work as a result of your disabilities
- Loss of enjoyment or quality of life due to disabilities or disfigurement/physical scarring that impact your daily living
- Physical pain and emotional distress caused by your injuries and treatment
- Loss of consortium, which compensates your spouse for the loss of your companionship due to your injuries
If you suffer permanent disabilities due to your injuries, you may also be entitled to claim compensation for the costs of home renovations to accommodate your disabilities, such as the installation of handrails, wheelchair ramps, or stairlifts. Finally, in addition to compensation for your injuries, you may also be entitled to compensation for the costs to repair or replace your damaged motorcycle.What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
Following a motorcycle accident, you should remember to take the following steps to help protect your legal rights and options for pursuing compensation for the losses you’ve suffered from the accident:
- Exchange information with the other motorists involved in the accident, including contact, license, and insurance information.
- Take brief statements from any eyewitnesses to the accident or get their contact information in case you later need to reach out to them for testimony regarding the accident.
- Document the accident scene by taking photographs of details, such as the traffic controls at the scene, damage to your motorcycle and the other vehicles, any skid marks in the road, the visual perspective of each motorist in the accident and whether anything may have obstructed their view, the weather/lighting/traffic conditions, and any visible injuries you may have sustained.
- Get examined by your primary physician or another medical provider as soon as possible after the accident to diagnose any injuries you may have suffered in the crash. Follow all treatment instructions and recommendations and keep copies of your medical records. If you wait too long to seek treatment, you can give the other side a chance to argue that your injuries weren’t as bad as you claim or that you allowed your condition to worsen due to the lack of prompt treatment.
- Keep copies of any bills, invoices, or receipts for any expenses you incur due to the accident.
- Consider starting a journal or diary, beginning with your recollection of what occurred in the accident, and documenting how your injuries and treatments impact your ability to work and daily living.
- Avoid discussing the accident on social media, and refrain from posting any photos or videos of yourself, at least while you are still undergoing treatment for your injuries. Insurance companies often monitor accident victims’ social media accounts for evidence they can use to attack the accident victim’s credibility.
Finally, you should make time as soon as possible after the crash to talk to a motorcycle accident lawyer. You should give your attorney the opportunity to investigate the accident while evidence still exists and people have fresh recollections of the accident. In addition, you have a limited time in which to begin your claim, so you will want to give your attorney the maximum time possible to develop a strong, persuasive case.Timeline for Filing an Injury Claim in Arkansas
Under Arkansas’ statute of limitations, you typically have three years from the date of your motorcycle accident to file a lawsuit to pursue compensation from the at-fault driver or party for your injuries and losses. If you file suit after the limitations period on your claim has expired, the at-fault party can move to have your case permanently dismissed from court, and you may lose your right to seek a financial recovery.How We Can Help
At Pfeifer Law Firm, we can help you pursue your legal rights and options following a motorcycle crash by:
- Ensuring you always have one-on-one communication with your attorney so that all of your questions are answered and you get a clear understanding of your legal rights and options
- Performing a thorough investigation of the accident to recover all available evidence
- Consulting with accident reconstruction experts to develop a persuasive case to show how the accident occurred and identify the party or parties at fault
- Filing your claims with the insurance companies and at-fault party or parties
- Vigorously pursuing a settlement that provides you with fair compensation for your injuries and losses
- Taking your claim to court, when necessary, to give you the opportunity to a fair and full financial recovery in your case, and advocating on your behalf at trial to fight for a verdict in your favor
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident in Arkansas, contact Pfeifer Law Firm for a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. Learn about your rights and options for pursuing compensation and justice for the harm and losses you’ve suffered. Call us today at 501-374-4440.