Despite being an exhilarating hobby, motorcycle riding is inherently dangerous.
Without the protection the 3,000 pound steel frame of a car provides, motorcyclists are incredibly exposed to injury on the road.
Though helmets and protective gear may decrease the impact and injury, the risk of serious or life-threatening injury from a motorcycle accident is generally higher than in any other type of accident.
Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are often the fault of careless drivers or other negligent parties, making these devastating consequences all the more unfair.
Although motorcycle accident victims may be able to seek financial compensation from the responsible party, this process can be complicated without the help of a knowledgeable, dedicated legal team.
At the Cottrell Law Office, we are committed to helping our clients and their loved ones navigate the legal aftermath of motorcycle accidents.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of someone else, do not hesitate to act.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to experience a deadly accident on the road than those in passenger cars.
In 2006, 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in highway accidents alone. Between 2001 and 2008, more than 34,000 motorcyclists were killed and an estimated 1,222,000 persons were treated in a U.S. emergency department (ED) for a non-fatal motorcycle-related injury.
In Arkansas in 2011, 2,166 people were injured and 82 people were killed as a result of motorcycle crashes. In Missouri, during that same year, 1,227 people were injured and 74 were killed in motorcycle crashes.
As the statistics demonstrate, motorcycle injuries are far too common. Motorcyclists need to always be aware of their surroundings, as they are much smaller than passenger vehicles and may be more difficult for other drivers to see.
Motorcycle Injuries Are Often Catastrophic
Because of the lack of safety features found in passenger vehicles (i.e., seatbelts, airbags, metal frame), motorcyclists usually suffer more extensive injuries.
These injuries often include the following:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Head Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Fractured Bones
- Extensive Cuts and Bruises (often called “Road Rash”)
- Wrongful Death
Catastrophic injuries can result in permanent disability and substantial medical expenses. These injuries can have an enormous impact on the lives of victims, as well as their families.
Determining Appropriate Compensation
Road defects, driver negligence, and motorcycle malfunction are just a few of the many possible causes of motorcycle accidents.
However, each one can leave you facing physical, emotional, and financial consequences.
The qualified Arkansas motorcycle accident attorneys of the Cottrell Law Office can help you fight to secure the full compensation you may deserve for damages including the following:
- Physical injuries
- Property damage
- Emotional distress
- Lost wages
The repercussions of a motorcycle accident can be difficult to handle without financial compensation from the party responsible for your pain and suffering.
We can help you investigate your case and determine who is at fault so that you can secure the remuneration you need.
How Our Arkansas Motorcycle Accident Attorney Can Help
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident in Arkansas, you need a law firm with litigation experience and a dedicated attorney with the resources and skills to build an effective case.
In most cases, a motorcycle injury lawsuit must be filed within a certain period of time known as a statute of limitations.
Please call right away and speak to our Arkansas motorcycle accidents lawyer to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.
Contact Cottrell Law Office Today
If you’ve lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, our legal team at the Cottrell Law Office may be able to help your family fight for justice and take the first steps towards getting possible financial support for your unexpected burdens.