September 19th, 2016
Motorcycles are more than recreational vehicles. For many, they represent a lifestyle grounded in the freedom of the open road. Whether seasoned veterans or weekend warriors, the biking community is alive and strong in Arkansas, and we’re proud to be a part of that community by standing beside motorcycle accident victims who are just trying to get back to riding condition. Getting there can be an uphill battle on their own, which is where we come in.
Motorcycle accidents are often more complicated than car accidents, as it’s often difficult to prove fault. Without an experienced lawyer on your side, you could be blamed for the accident altogether, leaving you not only responsible for your medical bills, but those of the other driver as well. As a Rainwater, Holt & Sexton client, our investigative team will work diligently to uncover every bit of evidence and follow every lead to ensure the blame is placed where it should be. Then our Arkansas motorcycle accident attorneys will fight to get you maximum compensation for your injuries.
If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, don’t take the risk of going it alone. Call our experienced Arkansas motorcycle accident attorneys today for a free consultation. We’ve helped folks in your same situation get the compensation they deserve, and we’re ready to do the same for you.
April 20th, 2016
Arkansas is The Natural State, known for having some of the best outdoor attractions in the country. People come from around the world to enjoy our breathtaking sights, and some of the best ways to enjoy all we have to offer is by hopping out of the car and exploring. Whether you are riding along The Pig Trail with the wind in your hair, or hiking and biking in one of our 52 state parks, we want to make sure you are protected in our state. That’s why Arkansas passed legislation which specifically provides extra protections for pedestrians, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and yes…even people riding in a horse drawn carriage or on an animal.
A.C.A § 23-89-202 Required First Party Coverage states “Every automobile liability insurance policy covering any private passenger motor vehicle…shall provide minimum medical and hospital benefits [up to $5,000 and incurred within 24 months], income disability [70% of the loss of income starting 8 days after the wreck, but subject to a maximum of $140 per week], and accidental death benefits [up to $5,000}…to the named insured and members of his or her family residing in the same household injured in a motor vehicle accident, to passengers injured while occupying the insured motor vehicle, and to persons other than those occupying another vehicle struck by the insured motor vehicle, without regard to fault…”. A.C.A § 23-89-204 specifically addresses Coverage for Passengers and Persons Struck by Insured Vehicle, stating “The coverages provided in 23-89-202 shall apply only occupants of the insured vehicle and to persons struck by the insured vehicle, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, persons in a horse-drawn wagon or cart, and persons riding on an animal, and to none other.”
What does this mean for you? In practical terms it means that as a pedestrian or motorcyclist, if you are hit by a motor vehicle you may be entitled to additional recovery from the at-fault party. For example: Say you are riding your motorcycle and a car turns in front of you and you collide. If that car carries liability insurance you are entitled to recover from the liability policy for damages which include (among other things) bodily injury, medical charges, lost wages, out of pocket expenses, property damage, and pain and suffering. Additionally, under § 23-89-204 you may also be entitled to recover from their first party medical payments coverage or personal injury protection policy. That means you may actually have two open claims against the at-fault driver’s policy.
These laws recognize that people on foot, bike, motorcycle or carriage are more vulnerable to injury than people protected in a car, and therefore deserve added protections to ensure they have a chance at a fair outcome. Of course there are some caveats to these laws, which is why it’s important you hire the right firm who will know to look for all of these possibilities. The injury attorneys at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton will investigate ALL coverages you may be entitled to and ensure that you are properly and zealously represented.
January 18th, 2016
Every time you climb onto your motorcycle, you’re taking a risk. Dangerous road conditions, negligent motorists, and inclement weather can increase that risk, but a devastating motorcycle crash can happen even in the best conditions. The chances of sustaining an injury in such a crash are higher than in a car accident, and many times those injuries are more severe.
Here are the top 5 motorcycle injuries we encounter, along with some tips for protecting yourself:
- Head injury—With no seatbelt to protect you in a motorcycle crash, your body is going to hit the ground. And where the body goes, the head follows. Many motorcycle accident victims suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBI) as a result of impact, which can lead to serious ongoing medical issues. That’s why you should always wear a DOT-approved helmet. These helmets are designed to take the brunt of the impact, potentially protecting you from a TBI.
- Road rash—Road rash is exactly what it sounds like—severe abrasions caused by sliding on road surfaces. Wearing proper riding pants, boots, and jacket can minimize the severity of road rash in the event of an accident.
- Breaks and Fractures—It doesn’t take much to break or fracture a bone, especially on a motorcycle, which is why they are one of the most common motorcycle injuries we see. Unfortunately the only way to avoid bone breaks is to avoid accidents, which is not always possible.
- Muscle damage—A severe motorcycle accident can cause long-lasting muscle damage that can impact several facets of your life, including your ability to work. Like breaks, muscle damage is unavoidable in a motorcycle crash.
- Burns—Motorcycle engines run hot. If you’re trapped underneath your bike, you could sustain severe burns if your skin comes in contact with the engine. Proper riding gear can serve as a protective barrier between you and the bike until help arrives.
Motorcycle accidents can result in significant injuries. Getting fully compensated for those injuries can be tough without a lawyer. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, don’t go at it alone. Call one of our Arkansas motorcycle personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation.
June 22nd, 2015
Summer has arrived in Arkansas and that means more motorcycles on the road. But did you know that this time of year also notoriously sees a drastic increase in the number of Arkansas motorcycle accidents that occur? In fact, the month of June had the highest number of highway fatalities in 2012 as compared to other months of the year.
To help reduce the number of Arkansas motorcycle accidents that occur, one man will soon be stopping in Little Rock to spread the message about the importance of motorcycle safety. An article from THV 11 News explains that Nate Hudson is currently on a 111-day motorcycle ride, during which he plans to stop at the capitols of all 50 states to spread the message about the need for motorcyclists to protect themselves with safety gear and defensive driving skills. He is also asking all motorists to look twice in traffic for motorcycles before making a maneuver.
Since Arkansas is one of the few states that does not require motorcyclists to wear a helmet when riding, Hudson will focus on discussing the need for motorcyclists to use protective gear during his stop in Little Rock.
The ride should conclude some time in August.
Our Little Rock personal injury lawyers at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton have seen the benefits of promoting motorcycle safety. That’s why our legal staff would like to wish Mr. Hudson the best of luck as he continues his journey to spread the word about motorcycle safety.
April 27th, 2015
Spring is in the air in Arkansas, and for many in our state, that means it’s time take their motorcycles back out on the road. It’s important to remember, though, that an increase in the volume of bike traffic can lead to an increased number of Arkansas motorcycle accidents.
The Arkansas motorcycle accident lawyers at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton point out that one of the most common reasons for collisions between cars and motorcycles is failure to yield the right of way. In fact, a failure to yield recently led to a collision that left a motorcyclist seriously injured in Harrison, Arkansas.
An article from Harrison Daily explains the 52-year-old motorcyclist was riding southbound along Highway 65 on a 2007 Triumph motorcycle at around 2 p.m. At the same time, a 64-year-old woman behind the wheel of a 2008 Honda was attempting to turn left onto the highway from a side street. The vehicle driver failed to yield the right of way to the oncoming bike and the two vehicles collided. The impact caused the motorcyclist to be thrown roughly 60 feet from the bike.
Accidents like these are why our Arkansas personal injury attorneys at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton would like to offer a few safety tips to both motorists and motorcyclists:
- Drive Defensively– For those driving cars or trucks, be sure to allow other vehicles room and look twice in all directions and blind spots before maneuvering in traffic. Motorcyclists should always assume drivers of other vehicles cannot see them and operate accordingly.
- Use Safety Equipment– Drivers of cars and trucks should always wear seat belts or use child safety seats. Motorcyclists must always wear a helmet and eye protection, but should consider wearing a sturdy leather jacket, gloves, and boots as well.
- Be Aware of Your Surroundings– Always know what’s happening on the road around you.
We hope these tips help to keep you safe throughout the coming months!
October 28th, 2013
October 28, 2013
Data collected during a study called The Hurt Report showed a majority of motorcycle accidents involving another vehicle were the result of motorists failing to stop or yield the right of way to motorcycles. The Arkansas Motorcycle Accident Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton say failure to yield caused a crash that claimed the life of a 54-year-old man earlier this month.
A story released by KAIT 8 News stated the incident occurred on Oct. 13, near the intersection of East Race Street and Wisconsin Street in Searcy, Arkansas. Reports indicate the victim was eastbound along Race Street when the driver of a westbound pickup truck merged into the turning lane and attempted to turn left into a parking lot in front of the bike. The motorcyclist did not have time to stop and the two vehicles collided, causing the motorcyclist to suffer fatal injuries.
The incident highlights the need for motorists to be extra vigilant of motorcyclists when driving by always looking twice before moving in traffic. Rainwater, Holt & Sexton’s team of Arkansas Personal Injury Attorneys explains motorcyclists should also do their part to attempt to be more visible to others on the road by wearing light-colored or reflective clothing when riding in low-light conditions.
The firm is hopeful that these tips will be effective in helping to reduce accident numbers and keeping travelers safe on the road.
October 7th, 2013
October 7, 2013
Due to the lack of protection available to riders of motorcycles, accidents involving these vehicles can often have devastating results. The Arkansas Motorcycle Accident Lawyers with the law firm of Rainwater, Holt & Sexton explain that one man from North Little Rock is on the road to recovery after becoming the victim of a motorcycle accident.
An article released by Arkansas Matters reports the accident happened on Sept. 4, 2012 along Interstate 40. Records show the victim was operating his motorcycle along the highway with a pair of friends following closely behind. Before reaching his destination, the victim was struck by a vehicle driven by an intoxicated motorist.
The impact dragged the victim several hundred yards before he fell free and rolled to the side of the road. The driver responsible for the collision then fled the scene and was apprehended later. Meanwhile, the victim was transported to a hospital for treatment of his injuries.
More than a year later, the victim is able to continue riding his motorcycle and says he hopes the incident will make all motorists think twice before drinking and driving.
Rainwater, Holt & Sexton’s team of Arkansas Personal Injury Lawyers encourages all motorists to take a cab or calling a loved one to get you home safely if they have consumed any amount of alcohol.
August 26th, 2013
August 26, 2013
Studies show large portions of motorcycle accidents are the result of other motorists failing to yield the right of way to an oncoming bike. One of the most common reasons given for these collisions is that motorists do not see motorcyclists prior to crashes.
The Little Rock Motorcycle Accident Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton point out inattentive driving may be to blame for a recent crash that left a man seriously injured. Reports indicate the accident occurred on the morning of Aug. 19 at the intersection of Arkansas 25 and U.S. Highway 64, near the town of Conway, Arkansas.
According to an article from the Log Cabin Democrat, the motorcyclist was heading west along U.S. 64 when he approached an intersection with a green light. The motorcyclist began to pass through the crossing. However, an eastbound SUV was attempting to make a left turn in front of the motorcycle. The biker did not have time to stop and the two vehicles collided.
News of the incident has prompted motorcyclists to question what they can do to help make themselves more visible to other drivers.
The law firm’s team of Arkansas Personal Injury Lawyers explains wearing light-colored or reflective clothing when riding helps make motorcyclists more eye-catching to drivers of other vehicles. Motorcyclist injured in accidents with other vehicles should discuss their legal rights with a qualified attorney immediately.
July 1st, 2013
July 1, 2013
Two people from Austin, Texas, were left seriously injured in a Arkansas Motorcycle Accident that occurred last month. The crash happened on Friday, June 5, along U.S. Highway 71 in the town of Mena, Arkansas.
According to an article published by The Austin American-Statesman, the two victims traveling on the same motorcycle at around 10 mph along the highway, when a black SUV pulled out of a parking area along the road and struck the motorcycle.
The impact left the passenger on the motorcycle with a severe laceration to her head and heavy bruising over a large portion of her body. She was transported to a local hospital and was treated then released.
The driver of the motorcycle sustained more serious injuries. He suffered a fractured vertebra in his neck, broken ribs, and nerve damage in both his shoulder and arm. Doctors have stated the man will remain hospitalized until the bones in his neck can fuse back together. He will also be required to wear a neck brace for the next several months.
The Little Rock Personal Injury Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton are aware of the risks motorcyclists face each time they go for a ride. The firm is here to help if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident through no fault of your own.
May 13th, 2013
May 13, 2013
A 65-year-old man was killed as the result of an Arkansas Motorcycle Accident earlier this month. Reports indicate the crash happened on Wednesday, May 1st, at around 9:20 a.m. along State Highway 5, just outside the town of Mountain View, Arkansas.
According to an article released by Ozarks First, the victim was driving southbound along the highway when he was unable to keep control while taking a curve in the road. The bike careened off the highway and collided with an embankment.
Paramedics rushed the victim to a local trauma center. However, he died shortly after arrival.
The incident has left many motorcyclists wondering what they can do to help prevent being the victim of similar crash. Experts say the best way to achieve this goal is by taking one of the many rider safety courses offered throughout the state.
Data shows that a lack of rider experience is a contributing factor in a majority of accidents. Programs provided by groups like Arkansas Motorcycle Safety or Arkansas Safe Rider are designed to give riders the essential skills they need to safely operate a motorized bike. Training includes lessons in how to negotiate curves.
The law firm of Rainwater, Holt & Sexton and their team of Little Rock Personal Injury Attorneys encourage all motorcyclists, regardless of their experience level, to consider taking a rider safety course before taking a bike on the road.