Fayetteville Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
What Are Common Reasons For Motorcycle Accidents?
Fayetteville and northwest Arkansas are home to some of the best roads and scenery for riding. Motorcycles are known for their open-air nature and ability to provide for an engaging and nimble ride responding deftly to hairpin turns and other aspects of the roadway. Motorcycles and motorcycle riding is an engrained part of the culture in northwest Arkansas and an activity that many people enjoy participating in. In fact, Fayetteville is home to the annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ Festival attracting enthusiasts from across the nation. Each yeah the festival brings thousands of motorcycle riders to the area where they can follow and array of trails such as the legendary Pig Trail and an array of others including the Grand Canyon of Arkansas and the Boston Mountains Tour.
Unfortunately, the open and minimalist nature of a motorcycle does create certain drawbacks. For one, when an accident does occur, the rider is not protected by an array of safety features as he or she would be in a car or truck. Motorcycles do not have airbags, seat belts, or other safety features meaning that when accidents do occur the injuries produced are often more serious and potentially life-threatening.
Motorcycle accidents are a product of the circumstances and factors that exist at the time of the accident. These circumstances and factors can include an array of factors including decisions made by the motorcycle rider and other drivers. While it is tempting to think of a motorcycle accident as being caused by a single factor, the reality is that a number of factors are typically in play that make the crash inevitable. These factors may include:
- Road debris – Road debris ranging from car or truck parts to loose gravel and other debris are significantly more dangerous for a motorcycle rider than the occupants of a vehicle. As two-wheeled vehicles, motorcycles can have stability issues when they hit or run over debris in the road.
- Distracted driver – While the nature of a motorcycle encourages and in some cases forces a rider to remain engaged with the road or highway, the same cannot be said for passenger vehicles with their in-vehicle entertainment systems and other features. Distracted drivers increase the risk of accident for all.
- Intoxicated drivers – A driver who consumes alcohol or drugs before getting behind the wheel increases the risk of injury for all individuals on the road. Alcohol and drugs dull the senses increase the odds of poor decision-making.
- Poor weather conditions – While many motorcycle riders avoid riding in rain and poor weather conditions, even fog can increase the odds of an accident. Most adverse weather conditions increase stopping distances while simultaneously reducing visibility and the ability to detect hazards.
- Commercial vehicle traffic – The presence of 18-wheelers and other large commercial trucks can also increase the odds of an accident. These vehicles can swerve in their lane when winds are high. Furthermore, their large size compared to a motorcycle often means that they do not see the bike and may merger or take other action.
The above represents only a few of the hazards motorcycle riders face. Unfortunately, many of these factors can work simultaneously to make an accident unavoidable.
What Types of Injuries can Result from a Motorcycle Crash?
When a motorcycle accident does occur, the injuries are often life-altering or catastrophic. The high speeds of travel combined with a relative lack of protection contributes to the severity of injuries. However, the use of a helmet can significantly decrease the likelihood of a fatal injury.
Common injuries suffered by motorcycle riders include:
- Traumatic brain injuries – TBIs are one of the most concerning types of injuries. TBIs affect the brain which is the control center from all bodily organs and functions. Damage to the brain and its structures can result in difficulties in executive functioning, increased aggression, decreased impulse control, and other problems. In severe instances coma or death can result.
- Broken bones – Motorcycle riders are also vulnerable to suffer broken or fractured bones. When a motorcyclist is in a n accident he or she is susceptible to hitting the pavement at awkward angles or having the bike land on an arm or leg.
- Lacerations and abrasions – While most motorcyclists wear protective road leathers and other gear, anytime a person hits the pavement at 50 to 60 miles an hour or more significant lacerations and abrasions can result.
Many other injuries are possible in a motorcycle accident. The rider may suffer back injuries or even internal organ damage due to the impact and fall from the bike.
Work With a Fayetteville, Arkansas Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you’ve suffered a serious injury in a motorcycle crash caused by a reckless or careless driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and other damages. Call today for a free and confidential consultation with the personal injury lawyers of Gunn Kieklak Dennis, LLP by calling 479-439-9840 or contact us online.