Fort Smith Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Call Caddell Reynolds Law Firm after an Accident
It is the job of insurance companies and the adjusters they hire to settle your accident and injury claim for the least amount of money. It is our job at Caddell Reynolds Law Firm to settle your insurance claim for the most money. It’s that simple. We are your advocate and will go the distance to represent your best interests at all times. You deserve maximum compensation for your claim and should not have to face the insurance company alone. The harsh reality is that many insurance agents are paid bonuses to keep claims low and do not always have your best interest in mind.
Recent accident statistics show that 88,000 motorcycle accidents occur annually in the U.S. causing injury. And 4,976 bikers lost their lives in accidents on the road. Motorcycle accident insurance claims can be more complex and require a highly experienced motorcycle accident lawyer to sift through the facts, investigate the accident, interview witnesses if available, and build a case on your behalf.
Common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Motorists turning left in front of the motorcycle
- Motorists switching lanes and hits the motorcycle
- Motorists rear-ending the motorcycle
- Motorists opening the door, hitting the motorcycle
Arkansas has a variety of laws to help protect riders, including making it mandatory to wear a helmet and eye protection. The law also states that a passenger cannot ride on the back of a bike unless there is a passenger seat. Children under the age of eight-years-old are prohibited from being passengers on a motorcycle.
What to Do at the Scene of a Motorcycle Accident
The immediate aftermath of a motorcycle wreck can be extremely stressful and disorienting. Unfortunately, the aftermath of a crash is also the best time to collect evidence. If you are able, it is imperative that you take care of certain things while at the crash site to protect your insurance claim and potential injury claim.
The first and most important thing to do following an accident is to seek medical attention if you or anyone else has been severely injured. Call 911 right away if immediate care is required.
Once everyone is safe, remain on the scene if you can and do the following:
- Take photographs of the accident site, capturing as many angles and as much detail as possible.
- Exchange contact and insurance information with the at fault driver (as well as any other motorists who may have been involved).
- DO NOT verbally blame the driver for the crash. Never accept fault as well (even saying “I’m sorry” can imply fault). Remain courteous and don’t say more than necessary—law enforcement and your attorney will take care of determining who is at fault.
- File an accident report with the police. Ask for a copy of the report or the report number for your records.
Once you have handled everything on the crash scene, head to a doctor for an official diagnosis. Only by understanding the full scope of your injuries can you be adequately compensated.
Safety Tips for Motorcyclists
For a multitude of reasons, many drivers feel that motorcycles are dangerous, especially when compared to cars. Avoid adding to the tragic statistics by considering these safety tips before you ride.
- Wear a helmet every time: The simplest way to be safer on a motorcycle is to wear a durable helmet every time you ride. Helmets decrease the risk of death by 37 percent, and they decrease the risk of head injuries by 69 percent. The more coverage your helmet offers your head, the better. Make sure you get one that fits correctly.
- Wear the proper gear: A helmet is important for protecting your head, but the rest of your body needs protection too. Leather is one of the recommended materials to look for when you are picking out pants, gloves, and a jacket to wear while on your bike. Covering yourself from head to toe can protect you from debris and cold weather while you ride and road rash if you ever crash.
- Stay visible on the road: One of the main reasons that motorcyclists are at risk on the road is that drivers of cars just do not see them. You can prevent this issue by choosing a bright color for your bike and motorcycle gear. You should also avoid tailgating cars or pulling out in front of them suddenly. In addition, stay out of their blind spots, and make it obvious ahead of time that you’re about to slow down or change lanes.
- Avoid riding in bad weather: If you can help it, do not ride your motorcycle in inclement weather, especially rain. The road becomes slippery when it’s wet, making it harder for bikes and cars to stop. If you cannot avoid riding your motorcycle when it is raining, make sure you keep a good distance between your bike and other vehicles.
- Keep your motorcycle well-maintained: Just like cars, motorcycles need regular maintenance to remain safe to operate. Ensure your tires have sufficient air and tread and that your brakes and lights are working properly, especially before you take any long rides.
How We Can Help You Recover Compensation
If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident at no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation for all of the following that apply:
- Medical expenses related to the accident (hospitalization, physical therapy, medications, etc.)
- Lost wages or loss of earning capacity should you have to take time off work or quit
- Pain and suffering damages, which covers the physical, mental, and emotional pain endured
- Property damage repair or replacement (to cover a damaged motorcycle, for instance)
- Other out of pocket expenses related to the accident and your recovery
Caddell Reynolds Law Firm will help you calculate the full extent of your losses so that you receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to. Our legal team will build you a strong case and fight for your right to a fair settlement while you concentrate on your recovery. In the event we cannot resolve your case through negotiations alone, we will not hesitate to take your case to court. We will do whatever it takes to secure the funds you need for recovery.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important that you talk to a Personal Injury lawyer with experience in this area. At Caddell Reynolds Law Firm, we have handled numerous cases involving motorcycle accidents in Arkansas.
Contact our firm today at (800) 889-6944 to find out how we can help.
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