LITTLE ROCK MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS
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There are 8 million registered motorcycle riders in the United States. Riding a bike can give you a sense of freedom. The wind in your face, the sun shining down, riding off into the sunset is exhilarating. Yet bikers do face more dangers on the road than other drivers.
Recent accident stats 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, and build a case on your behalf.
Caddell Reynolds Law Firm will fight to protect your rights. If live in the Little Rock area and you were harmed in an accident due to negligence, we will seek the maximum recovery for you and your family. We’ll fight to seek compensation to pay for all of your medical bills, lost wages, property damage, therapy sessions, medications, pain and suffering, and more.
IF YOU WERE IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT CONTACT CADDELL REYNOLDS LAW FIRM BY CALLING 800-671-4100. SCHEDULE A FREE LEGAL CONSULTATION!
Wrecks on the Road: Do You Have an Injury from a Motorcycle Accident?
Most motorcycle accidents are caused by other drivers, not the motorcyclist. Over 70% of motorcycle accidents occur at intersections with other motor vehicles. Riding a motorcycle involves facing certain risks that make you more likely to get into an accident. Aside from being more difficult for car and truck drivers to spot, you can also encounter hazards like potholes and debris. Because your motorcycle is prone to wobbling at higher speeds, this can increase your risk of being in an accident on highways and interstates where the most dangerous accidents can occur. Knowing what to do if you experience a motorcycle accident injury and how to determine who is at fault helps ensure that you get the right legal assistance.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents are often single vehicle crashes, meaning only the biker is involved. However, a significant number of accidents are also due to multi vehicle crashes, which tend to be far more injurious—if not deadly—for motorcyclists. This is because motorcycles tend to be smaller and less safe than other motor vehicles like cars, SUVs, and commercial trucks.
The most common causes of multi vehicle motorcycle accidents include a motorist:
- Changing lanes without checking their blind spots or signaling
- Driving recklessly, especially driving over the speed limit (speeding)
- Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
- Making a left (or right) turn into an oncoming biker
- Opening a car door into the path of an oncoming motorcycle
Other common causes of motorcycle crashes that can be traced to third parties include:
- Dangerous road conditions
- Defective motorcycle parts
- Poor road design or infrastructure
- Poor road maintenance
Who Is at Fault in a Motorcycle Accident?
In roughly two-thirds of accidents that involve motorcycles and other vehicles, the other driver is at fault for interfering with the motorcyclist’s right of way. In some cases, the other driver makes a left turn to cross the path of a motorcyclist coming from the other direction. If you were speeding or going through a red light on your motorcycle, however, you will be considered at fault. In general, as long as there is sufficient evidence that the other driver was responsible for the accident, they will be held liable for it.
You might be considered at least partially at fault for a motorcycle accident based on comparative negligence. This refers to factors of carelessness that might have caused the accident, such as driving at night with a broken headlamp or tail light. It is also possible for the other driver to be partially at fault for comparative negligence based on the condition of their vehicle at the time of the accident.
In Arkansas, the law requires motorcyclists under the age of 21 to wear a helmet. However, no matter your age, protective gear of some kind is legally required. If you were not wearing protective gear in a motorcycle accident, if will be difficult (but not impossible) to sue another driver if you sustain any injuries. If your injury was not related to your lack of protection, you may successfully seek compensation from the driver who caused the accident.
In other cases, the designer or manufacturer of your motorcycle might be at fault if a defective design element or piece of equipment affected your ability to operate it safely. Following an accident, you should have your motorcycle examined for any defective parts. If you sustain injuries due to any defects, you might be able to seek compensation from the designer or manufacturer.
What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
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 are prohibited from being passengers on a motorcycle.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, take the following steps as soon as possible:
- Write down your experience of the accident. Take note of the details you can remember, such as when it happened, how it happened, who was there, and what the weather conditions were.
- Do not admit to being at fault. Until you have met with a lawyer, do not admit to being at fault, either verbally or by signing insurance claims stating this.
- Take photos. Use your phone to take photos of the accident scene and your injuries so that you can submit these as evidence.
- Find eyewitnesses. Ask anyone who was in the area to serve as an eyewitness to the accident. Their account of what happened can help determine who was at fault.
- Keep track of your injuries. Your doctor will have a record of your injuries, but you should keep one as well. Write down the types of injuries you have, the side effects and symptoms you have experienced, and the kinds of treatments you are undergoing.
- Seek legal help. Contact a motorcycle accident lawyer in Little Rock to handle your case as soon as possible. Your lawyer will advise you on the legal steps you can take if you have an accident claim.
How We Can Help Motorcycle Accident Victims
Caddell Reynolds Law Firm is committed to helping our clients because we believe there is nothing more important than human life. While auto insurance companies tend to care about nothing more than their own bottom line, we will do everything in our power to fight for the compensation and justice you deserve—and nothing less. From the moment you reach out to our firm for your free consultation, we will begin investigating the crash, collecting and preserving evidence, seeking expert and witness testimony, and calculating how much in damages you are owed. Our team will then fight for you with everything we have—even if it means taking the at fault driver to court.
Our experienced motorcycle accident law firm:
- Employs a legal team with over a century of combined legal experience
- Has received numerous awards from trusted organizations such as Super Lawyers®, the Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Martindale-Hubbell, and more
- Has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements on behalf of wrongfully injured clients
- Keeps in constant contact with clients and is available 24/7
- Serves clients throughout the states of Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma
- Will come to your home or hospital bed if you cannot travel to us
IF YOU HAVE SUFFERED FROM AN INJURY, CONTACT CADDELL REYNOLDS LAW FIRM BY CALLING 800-671-4100. WE CAN SCHEDULE A FREE LEGAL CONSULTATION AND PROVIDE YOU WITH THE ASSISTANCE YOU NEED TO WIN YOUR CASE.