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Little Rock Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Little Rock Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

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For many Little Rock motorcycle drivers, getting on the bike and hitting the open road is a true passion, not just an efficient way to navigate traffic. However, motorcycle accidents in Little Rock can happen all too frequently, and the driver of the bike often ends up with life-changing injuries.  

Even with the best helmet and protective gear, motorcycles simply lack the protective metal shell that a car or truck has, and a collision between the two can be catastrophic.  

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’re entitled to for the losses and injuries you sustained.   

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Motorcycle Accident Statistics in Little Rock

In both 2016 and 2017, there were over 65 motorcycle accident fatalities in Arkansas. This is a sobering statistic, and even more so when you consider that Arkansas is ranked as the 11th most dangerous state in the U.S. for traffic-related accidents, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). 

Pulaski County, home to the thriving city of Little Rock, the largest in the state, also had the highest number of fatal motorcycle crashes per year. Although an accident can happen anywhere, certain intersections are especially hazardous, and motorcycle drivers should drive defensively and be careful when traveling in these areas:  

  • 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 

By driving cautiously, especially through dangerous intersections, you can reduce your risk of a crash. 

Arkansas Helmet Laws and Motorcycle Crash Injuries

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.  

Helmets can help protect the vulnerable skull from a concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI). Notably, after Arkansas repealed its helmet law, non-helmeted deaths significantly increased from 40% to 76% in just one year. 

Despite these statistics, Arkansas considers wearing a helmet a matter of personal choice, and therefore, riders aged 21 and older aren’t required to wear one.  

Arkansas Statute of Limitations for Motorcycle Accident Claims

The statute of limitations to file an injury claim in Arkansas after a motorcycle crash is three years from the date of the accident. If you don’t file a claim for damages against the other party before the statute of limitations runs out, then a judge will likely dismiss your case, no matter how egregiously the other driver was at fault. There are very few exceptions to this rule. 

However, it’s essential to understand that this refers to the court filing, not the filing for the at-fault driver’s insurance company.  

Keeping your case on track and ensuring that all of the proper documents are filed before the deadlines expire is just one of the ways that an experienced motorcycle injury lawyer can help you.  

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 the time limit expires.   

Motorcycle Accident Settlements May Be Higher Due to Severe Injuries

Motorcycle accidents can be among the most devastating, often resulting in serious injuries, permanent disfigurement, 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 (TBIs) 
  • Spinal cord injuries 
  • Broken bones 
  • Soft tissue injuries 
  • Road rash
  • Internal bleeding
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Deep lacerations
  • Wrongful death 

Right after a motorcycle accident, it’s essential to call 911 for prompt medical treatment. Hospitalization is common to immediately address your injuries. However, depending on how badly you were hurt, you could require ongoing medical care and treatment, such as physical therapy or chiropractor visits.  

This is why getting maximum compensation for your injuries and losses sustained is essential. Insurance companies typically offer a fast settlement for as little money as possible, if they don’t deny your claim outright. 

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  

To discuss the compensation you can pursue for your accident, speak with one of our experienced legal professionals. 

Arkansas Negligence Laws and Your Motorcycle Accident Case

Arkansas assigns responsibility for a motorcycle accident to both parties under the state’s modified comparative negligence rule. That is, 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. 

If you’re awarded a settlement, then the amount you’ll actually receive also depends on what percentage of the blame you share in the accident. For example, if the judge rules that you were 20% at fault for the accident, you’ll receive 80% of the settlement award.  

Plus, 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, leveraging their experience, and going after the maximum compensation you deserve.  

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) After a Little Rock Motorcycle Accident

The days, weeks, and even months following a motorcycle accident can be overwhelming. You may have significant injuries and you might be struggling to stay afloat financially if you have to miss work. You likely have many questions. The attorneys at NST Law can help provide you with answers.  

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.  

The other party’s insurance carrier may try to deny your claim based on your lack of helmet, which is why having the support of a personal injury lawyer to defend your case is important. 

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. 

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 potentially recover money under the state’s modified comparative negligence regulations. 

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.  

NST Law Works to Get You the Compensation You Deserve

If you or a loved one suffered injuries or worse after a Little Rock motorcycle accident, then you may have a case to collect damages from the party that caused it. Don’t delay, as you’re entitled to property replaced and medical bills covered.  

Contact NST Law today for a free case review to discuss your claim. Our firm has secured over $1.5 billion on behalf of our clients, and we are ready to fight for your justice.   

Our Little Rock Location

4 Shackleford Plaza Suite 211
Little Rock, AR 72211
Phone: 501-891-5550

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