Eighty percent of motorcycle accidents result in death or injury to the rider.
And, while fatalities from automobile accidents have been on the decline for years, motorcycle fatalities increased 300% from 1997 to 2007 according to the Arkansas State Police. Nationwide, motorcycle fatalities account for about 13% of total traffic fatalities with head injuries being the leading cause of death. What can we do to further reduce the number of motorcycle accidents and injuries?
- Of course, we can operate our vehicles safely, whether driving or riding, but we can always do more.
- As riders, we can sharpen our skills by taking a safety course and always wearing appropriate clothing and protective gear.
- As drivers, we can check mirrors and blind spots before entering a road or intersection or changing lanes. Motorcycles are some of the smallest vehicles on the road and are often not seen until it is too late.
- A well-maintained motorcycle is a safer motorcycle. Check tire inflation pressure and adjust as often as necessary. Old worn tires are not safe tires.
What To Do If You Are Involved In A Motorcycle Accident
If you or a loved one are involved in a motorcycle accident, it is important to remember the simple steps you can take to preserve your rights:
Check for injuries and then call the police to report the accident.
Exchange identity and insurance information with the other parties to the accident. Make sure to include the adverse driver’s name, address, telephone number, and email, and the insurance carrier name, address, telephone number, and policy number.
Record the names of any witnesses and their contact information.
When the police arrive, tell them how the accident occurred and confirm that they understand how the accident happened.
- If you can, take photos of the scene showing vehicle placement, damage, and landmarks.
- Preserve everything involved in the accident: your motorcycle, your clothing, and your protective gear. These can often be used to help establish how the accident occurred.
- Once you are able, write down your recollection of the events and what the witnesses said.
- Obtain a copy of the accident report from the investigating agency and confirm that it squares with what you recall.
- Talk to a lawyer before you consider giving a statement to the adverse driver’s insurance claim representative. They are not there to help you!
We’re here to help. Contact us if you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident.
Look Twice, Save a Life – Motorcycles are everywhere!
According to the latest statistics from the Arkansas State Police, there is a fatal motorcycle accident in Arkansas almost every week. To combat this tragic trend, our firm has launched a statewide campaign to increase the motoring public’s awareness of motorcycles on Arkansas roadways.
We’ve obtained a supply of bumper stickers like the one pictured below that we are distributing for free.
There are over 60,000 motorcycles registered in our state. If every motorcycle rider in Arkansas put one of these bumper stickers on his or her car, we could have an impact on public awareness. Maybe we could save a life.
If you’d like to help, you can, and it won’t cost you a thing. Just write, call, or contact us and we’ll send you some bumper stickers free of charge. If you have a place of business and want to distribute these bumper stickers to your customers, let us know and we’ll send you a supply with a small countertop holder, and, if you wish, add a link to your business on our website, both free of cost. If you would like to see these bumper stickers in your local motorcycle shop, ask them to contact us for the same deal.
We welcome your participation in this campaign as well as your thoughts and suggestions how we might make an impact. Please let us hear from you!
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