Many Arkansans will hit the roadways in search of their favorite vacation destination or take a road trip just to get away to enjoy the spring and summer months. In addition to cars, trucks and SUVs, millions of people ride motorcycles for recreational purposes as well as their everyday transportation needs.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are disproportionately involved in traffic-related fatalities, “accounting for 14 percent of all traffic-related fatalities, while representing only 3 percent of the entire registered motor vehicle fleet.” While this may seem alarming to some, there are ways you can help avoid an accident altogether.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident and suspect you haven’t been treated fairly when making your personal injury accident claim, contact Linville Johnson to learn more about your options. Those affected and their families may be able to file a lawsuit and recover compensation with the help of a personal injury attorney.
We offer free, no obligation consultations, and we can help you determine whether you have a claim. You can contact us by filling out the form on this page, calling us at 501-777-7777, or emailing us at [email protected]
How Can Motorists Avoid Motorcycle Accidents?
Sometimes, accidents are unavoidable. Weather conditions, driver judgment and simple carelessness on the part of other drivers can result in any type of crash, including those involving automobiles and motorcycles. Even if you are an experienced driver, it is important that you remain aware of your surroundings and share the road with other motorists, including motorcycle riders.
In addition to factors facing most drivers, motorcycle riders face other challenges as well. According to the NHTSA, “motorcycles pose unique risks to riders” due to the following factors:
- Absence of external protection that an enclosed vehicle structure provides
- Lack of internal restraints such as seat belts and air bags
- Acceleration and speed capability
- Propensity for riders to be thrown in a crash
- Relative instability of a two-wheeled vehicle
Whether you are operating an automobile or motorcycle, you are responsible for your actions or carelessness while behind the wheel or riding. One mistake could result in serious injury, or even death.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Because motorcycle riders are more vulnerable than those driving an enclosed vehicle, their injuries are often more severe. Motorcycle riders are more likely to experience head, neck and spinal injuries. In addition, motorcycle riders can get road rash or broken bones if they have been thrown from their bike. The impact alone can be devastating, especially if the accident occurs on a highway or while traveling at a high rate of speed.
What Should I Do If I’m Injured in a Motorcycle Accident?
In the event of a motorcycle accident, remain calm and get emergency help if needed. Don’t move if you think you’ve been seriously injured and have someone call paramedics if you are unable to make the call yourself. Even if you don’t appear seriously injured, emergency medical personnel are equipped to evaluate your condition and proceed based on their findings.
If you or a loved one is seriously injured in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence of another, you might consider calling a lawyer or attorney who specializes in personal injury-related cases. You may be able to pursue a claim to recover damages.
Like other accidents involving automobiles, it is a good idea to contact a lawyer who specializes in personal injury cases involving motorcycles and other two-wheel vehicles. At the very least, you can earn peace of mind by following up with someone knowledgeable and willing to look into your accident.
The Time You Have to Pursue a Claim is Limited. Contact Us Today.
For more information, or if you want to speak with an Arkansas personal injury attorney, contact the Johnson firm today. You can contact us by filling out the form on this page, calling us at 501-777-7777, or emailing us at [email protected].
After you contact us, an attorney will follow up with you to get more information about your case. There is no cost or obligation to speak with us, and all of the information you provide is confidential.
Please note that the law limits the time you have to pursue a claim or file a lawsuit for an injury. If you think you have a case, you should not delay taking action.