Little Rock Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash, we can help. The Little Rock personal injury lawyers at NST Law will pursue the financial recovery you are entitled to for the losses and injuries you sustained. We pride ourselves in being Champions for the Injured.
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Motorcycle Accident Statistics in Little Rock
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, there were over 65 motorcycle- accident fatalities in Arkansas in both 2016 and 2017. And unfortunately, due to Arkansas’s dangerous roads, these accidents will likely not decrease any time soon. In fact, according to fatal-crash data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), Arkansas is the 11th most dangerous state for traffic-related accidents.
This data also notes that Pulaski County, home to Arkansas’s largest city, Little Rock, has the highest number of fatal highway crashes per year. Although these crashes can occur anywhere in the city, some intersections in Little Rock are notably dangerous. Intersections in Little Rock where motorcycle accidents are more likely to occur include:
- Asher Ave and S. University Ave
- Shackleford and I-430 with 179
- Chicot Road and Baseline Road
- Cantrell Road and I-430
- S. Arch Street and W. Roosevelt Road
- Pebble Beach Drive and Rahling Road
Motorcycle accidents in Arkansas and the repeal of helmet requirements
According to Arkansas regulations, motorcyclists are not required to wear a helmet unless they are under the age of 21. This law was established in 1998 when the state repealed the requirement that all motorcyclists must wear a helmet.
Even though state laws may not require wearing a helmet, research shows that helmets are effective in protecting riders. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of dying in a motorcycle crash by 37%. In fact, an unhelmeted motorcyclist is 40% more likely to suffer a fatal head injury and 15% more likely to suffer a nonfatal injury than a helmeted motorcyclist in an accident.
As a result, it is no surprise that after Arkansas repealed its previous helmet laws, non-helmeted deaths significantly increased from 40% to 76% in just one year. In addition, following this repeal, there were substantially more severe head injuries and significantly longer intensive-care-unit stays after motorcycle crashes.
You may have a limited time to file a case after a motorcycle accident in Little Rock
To bring a successful legal claim following a motorcycle accident, you first need to determine if you have enough time to file your case. The mandated amount of time a person has to file a lawsuit after an accident is known as the statute of limitations. If you do not file your claim within this time, you can be barred from collecting compensation for your losses.
The statute of limitations to file an injury claim in Arkansas after a motorcycle crash is 3 years from the date of the accident. However, it is essential to understand that this refers to the court filing, not the filing for the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
A motorcycle accident attorney with experience can be immensely helpful in navigating
these various time limitations. At NST Law, our lawyers will not only determine the maximum amount of time you have to file your claim but will also ensure that your legal papers are properly prepared and filed before time expires.
Little Rock motorcycle accident settlements may be higher due to severe injuries
Due to lack of protection, when a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, the collision can be pretty devastating—often resulting in serious injuries or even death. Although these injuries will depend on the unique circumstances of the crash, some of the more common injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal-cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Soft-tissue injuries
- Road rash
- Internal bleeding
- Head and neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Deep lacerations
- Wrongful death
However, depending on the severity of the injuries, victims of an accident may require extensive medical care to get through the traumatic ordeal. As a result, getting maximum compensation for the injuries and losses sustained is essential. Thankfully, NST Law can help you go after economic, non-economic, and punitive damages (if applicable) related to:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
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How Arkansas negligence laws apply to your motorcycle accident case
Unfortunately, if you were involved in a motorcycle accident, you will not automatically recover compensation for the injuries you sustained. According to Arkansas modified comparative negligence rules, if an individual is injured in a motorcycle collision in Little Rock, they can only collect damages for their injuries if they are not found to be 50% or more responsible for causing the accident.
In addition, the amount of money you can collect after the collision will depend on the percentage that you were at fault in the accident. This means that when the insurance company gets involved following your accident, they will try to reduce their liability for the accident and, ultimately, your settlement amount. Thus, you should consider reaching out to NST Law as soon as possible so they can fight on your behalf, leverage their experience, and go after the maximum compensation you deserve.
Lane splitting and Little Rock motorcycle accidents
Even though Arkansas has no regulations expressly prohibiting lane splitting, this type of maneuver is still not recommended in the state. Nonetheless, if a motorcycle-accident victim was lane splitting at the time of their collision, they can still recover money under the state’s modified comparative negligence regulations.
The best way to determine the full amount of compensation that you are entitled to is to speak with a skilled motorcyclist accident attorney who can go over the facts of your case and determine what damages you can pursue.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I recover compensation after a motorcycle accident in Little Rock if I wasn't wearing a helmet?
Depending on the specifics of the accident, even if a motorcyclist is not wearing a helmet at the time of their accident, they can still recover compensation for their injuries. However, the money they receive may be reduced by their percentage of liability for the crash (not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident may be included in this consideration).
It is important to note that Arkansas state laws require all motorcyclists to wear goggles, protective glasses, or other transparent face shields when riding. Therefore, if a motorcyclist is not wearing this protective gear at the time of their collision, it may be used against them and impact the amount of money they receive.
How much is my motorcycle accident settlement worth?
Your settlement award will consist of both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are the cost of repairing or replacing your bike and covering your medical bills.
Non-economic damages include emotional trauma or pain and suffering that you experience after the accident. Each case is unique, but we’ll help you determine the right amount of damages to ask for.
My loved one died from injuries suffered from a motorcycle collision. Do I have a case?
Motorcycle accidents can be tragically fatal. If your spouse or parent died, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death case. Damages from these claims include loss of earning potential and loss of companionship.
Discuss your case with a Little Rock motorcycle accident lawyer from NST Law
If you or a loved one has experienced a Little Rock motorcycle collision, contact NST Law today for a free case review to discuss the details of your claim. Our firm has secured over $1.5 billion on behalf of our clients, and we are ready to fight for the justice you deserve.