Your Ultimate Guide to Motorcycle Safety Gear
As a motorcyclist, there’s little standing between you and the open road.
Thrilling as this may be, it’s also dangerous — you have to brave the elements, dodge road debris, and maneuver through tight spaces, all without the added protection of airbags and seatbelts. To minimize the risk of serious injury, proper safety gear is a must-have.
The Arkansas motorcycle accident attorneys at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton know the importance of wearing safety gear while riding. That’s why we’ve compiled everything you need to know about staying protected on the road: the type of gear you should purchase, the top brands to keep an eye out for, and extra safety tips to help you avoid accidents while riding.
Here’s our ultimate guide to the best safety gear for Arkansas motorcyclists.
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The Safety Gear You Need
Though a helmet is a fantastic starting place, it would be unwise to toss it on and hit the road immediately. For maximum safety, you’ll need several layers of protection, including:
The most important piece of safety gear is a DOT-approved helmet. A motorcycle helmet has three major layers:
- An outer shell that protects your head from abrasions
- An inner shell with an impact-absorbing liner
- A soft foam liner to keep your helmet snug and comfortable
Helmets aren’t just stylish — they’re also life-saving pieces of equipment. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), helmets saved the lives of 1,870 motorcyclists in 2017 alone. An approved helmet that’s properly fitted reduces the risk of suffering a head injury by 69% and decreases the chance of suffering a fatal injury by 42%.
Motorcycle helmets come in three main types: full-face, open-face, and half-helmets.
Full-face helmets offer the most coverage that money can buy. They protect you from the elements, deflect bugs and debris, reduce eye fatigue, and shield your chin against harsh collisions. Full-face helmets also boast a variety of features, including improved ventilation, visor defogging, and even Bluetooth speakers.
Though they provide excellent head protection, open-face helmets don’t shield your face from debris, bugs, or weather and leave your chin vulnerable to sudden impacts. Still, open-face helmets are popular among riders because they don’t affect visibility.
Half helmets cover only the top of your head, providing minimal protection. Some half helmets are DOT-approved, and they allow for great airflow — but if you’re looking for a sturdy helmet that diminishes the risk of injury or disfigurement, we’d recommend a helmet with better coverage.
Once you’ve selected a DOT-approved helmet that suits you and your motorcycle, it’s time to find the right protective eyewear.
At high speeds, even tiny objects (for example, a pebble or an insect) can cause significant eye damage. Without protection, a small piece of rogue debris could lead to corneal abrasions and lacerations, resulting in partial blindness. Extra eyewear, like goggles, will prevent these injuries.
In addition to offering eye protection, eyewear makes it easier to navigate the streets in the sun and wind. Like sunglasses, tinted goggles will dim the sun and block out the wind so you don’t have to squint into the distance while you ride.
When choosing the best eye protection, consider the following:
- Polycarbonate lenses. These lenses are impact- and shatter-resistant and filter 100% of UV light.
- Hydrophobic lenses. These lenses help to shed sweat, rain, and dust.
- Polarized lenses. These lenses reduce the blinding effects of sun glare, whether it’s on the road, snow, or another reflective surface.
- Proper lens curvature. The greater the lens curvature, the better your protection against sun, wind, and collisions.
- Correct fit. Rubber grips keep your eyewear in place and straps can help to secure goggles.
A motorcycle jacket is more than a statement about the type of rider you are. It also shields you from sun, wind, sleet, and — most importantly — painful injuries like road rash. If you get into a crash without a robust jacket, the asphalt will scrape away your exposed skin, and you might need extensive surgeries and skin grafts to heal.
To avoid a terrible injury like road rash, always wear a rugged motorcycle jacket. Keep these factors in mind when making a decision:
- Thickness: Even a lightweight jacket with 1.0mm thickness is better than a fleece or a shirt. However, we recommend a durable jacket with a thickness of 1.4mm or more.
- Style: Be sure to choose a jacket matching your motorcycle and personality.
- Comfort: Test your jacket before buying it, ensuring that it’s not too loose or too tight. Consider getting a lighter jacket for warm summer days and a heavier jacket for crisp winter evenings.
- Visibility: A jacket with bright colors and reflective strips will help other vehicles to notice you at night, keeping you safer on the streets.
- Cruiser: These jackets are comfortable and fashionable but offer less protection because they don’t have body armor.
- Sport: Sport jackets are thick, form-fitting, and aerodynamic. They contain lots of armor and padding.
- Touring: These jackets are more comfortable, so they’re best for long rides. They often come with enhanced features, such as removable liners and layers.
- Adventure: Most adventure jackets are made of strong nylon for maximum protection. They are best for riders who traverse unpredictable terrain.
- Off-road: Windproof and waterproof, off-road jackets are great in a variety of conditions.
- Leather: Leather motorcycle jackets are classics for a reason. Leather provides stout protection as well as style and comfort.
- Textile: Textile jackets offer less abrasion resistance but they can make a great layer for colder weather. The best textile jackets consist of both nylon and polyester.
- Mesh: Mesh jackets provide excellent airflow in hot and arid climates. Many include padding to protect you in case of an accident.
When picking a pair of motorcycle pants, the name of the game is balance — namely, the balance between comfort and protection. Relaxed-fit pants are perfect for street riding and touring, and sport-fit pants are designed for high-speed track racing.
As usual, the right pants for you will depend on what motorcycle you own and how you use it. Here are the key options to be aware of:
- Riding jeans aren’t your typical jeans. They often have knee armor and Kevlar built right in.
- Mesh pants: Mesh pants are best for riding in hot weather. Though more comfortable than riding jeans, they aren’t as durable.
- Full textile pants: These pants are often waterproof, wind-resistant, and equipped with thermal liners. They can handle crashes at high speeds.
- Leather pants: Leather is the preferred choice for riders who want to go fast. Leather pants are ultra-durable, offering enhanced protection in serious accidents. As such, they’re popular for sport riders.
No doubt, motorcycle gloves are an awesome accessory. Better yet, a tight-fitting pair of gloves will improve your grip, allowing you to shift, brake, and hold on to the handlebars more easily. Plus, if you get into a collision, a sturdy pair of gloves will protect your fingers and decrease your chances of breaking a bone.
Most motorcycle gloves are made of leather, textile, or a combination of both.
- Leather gloves are durable and comfortable, making them popular for riders. They mold themselves to the rider’s hands, easily gripping the handlebars and shifters. They’re not always the best choice for year-round riding, but leather provides superb protection if you’re heading to the track.
- Textile gloves are waterproof and versatile, allowing them to adapt to many different climates. Unfortunately, textile gloves don’t mold as easily to the rider’s hands and sometimes feel bulky when riding.
- Hybrid gloves offer the best of both worlds. They’re breathable and durable, maximizing both comfort and safety. Hybrid gloves can include a variety of features, such as stretch panels or thermal liners.
Make sure to pick a glove tailored to your riding type. If you ride a street bike, go with a pair of high-comfort street gloves. Race gloves offer outstanding protection, and touring gloves are great for riders who travel long distances. If you’re going to be doing lots of off-roading, give ADV gloves or dirt gloves a try.
Before you rev up your motorcycle again, double-check that your boots are getting the job done. Use these categories to ensure that your motorcycle boots are cutting it:
- Riding type: If you’re racing, you need a racing-specific boot with molded ankle protection and Gore-Tex material. If you’re commuting to work, you might want a conservative and stylish leather boot equally suited to a day at the office or dinner.
- Material: Many motorcycle boots are made out of thick leather with high abrasion resistance. Some boots, though, are made of more breathable materials. If you purchase leather, make sure it’s treated leather that repels water.
- Closures: Some motorcycle boots come with laces, while others use velcro straps. Be sure that the closures you choose won’t snag on your bike or come undone while riding.
Stitching: The strongest boots are held together with either double or triple stitching. This ensures that your boot won’t come apart during a bad accident and stays durable through all conditions.
- Soles: Your sole helps you grip while riding and stops you from slipping when you get off the bike. No matter what type of boot you buy, your soles should be oil-resistant.
If you’ve been riding for a long time, you’ll know how it feels to see a threatening wall of thunderclouds on the horizon. When that time comes, you’ll want to be certain that you’ve got waterproof attire. That way, you have one less thing to worry about while braving the dangerous conditions.
In the realm of rain gear, you have two primary options:
- Dedicated rain gear: This type of gear you store with your bike. When a storm hits, you’ll simply pull over and toss your waterproof gear on to stay dry.
- Waterproof riding gear: On the other hand, you can ensure that your go-to gear is made of waterproof material, like textiles or PVC. Though you’ll have to wear this attire at all times, you’ll be covered whenever the rain comes.
Cold Weather Wear
From gloves to jackets to ski masks, there are a handful of products that you’ll need to brace for the winter. Adding a selection of durable cold-weather gear to your wardrobe will help you focus on your driving during wintertime, allowing you to avoid motorcycle accidents.
Other Safety Recommendations
Now that you’re fitted with the best motorcycle protective gear, we’ll leave you with our top five tips to help you stay safe on the road:
Before hopping on your motorcycle, run a quick safety check. Are your lights, signals, mirrors, and tires in good shape? If so, you’re good to go.
That way, you’ll know what type of gear to don before you head out.
In case of an emergency, you’ll be able to stop without ending up in a collision.
Since motorcycle riders are harder for cars and trucks to see, try to wear reflective gear and avoid blind spots when possible.
You’ll always want to be prepared for an accident.
Injured in a Motorcycle Accident? We’re There When You Need Us
Accidents still happen even if you’re equipped with the best gear money can buy.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle crash, contact Rainwater, Holt & Sexton today. Our experienced and professional team will provide strong legal guidance, helping you get the recovery you deserve.
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Accident Injury Law Resources
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Understanding Head Injuries from Car Accidents
If you’ve suffered a head injury in a car accident, you’re not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle crashes were the second-leading cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in the United States. After you or someone you love suffers a head injury, it’s crucial that you understand the severity of your situation. Our team at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton is here to help you do just that. From mild concussions to severe TBIs, we’ll cover the different types of head injuries, explain the key symptoms to look out for, and help you navigate the next steps. If you’re ready to secure strong representation after your car accident, our brain injury lawyers will be your advocate. We know how devastating a head injury can be, and we’ll work tirelessly to get you the compensation and justice you deserve, so you can focus your energy on what matters most: healing.
Common Causes : Truck Sleep Apnea
Every year, there are 15 million commercial trucks on our nation’s roads. These trucks transport over 70 percent of our country’s goods and help keep our economy running smoothly. Unfortunately, however, more commercial trucks on the road means more trucking accidents. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, thousands of lives are lost each year in collisions involving commercial tractor-trailers. To combat the dangers on our roads, lawmakers in Arkansas and at the federal level are working diligently on laws aimed at reducing the number of trucking accident deaths. Despite all of our best safety efforts and regulations, commercial trucking accidents have increased by 20 percent in recent years.
Safety Tips to Prevent Truck Accidents
Across the United States, there was an increase in the number of trucking accidents in 2016. That year alone, more than 119,000 trucking accidents occurred, causing injury to numerous passenger occupants. That same year the number of fatal trucking accidents also increased to 4,213. The vast majority of trucking accidents – 62% – involved two or more vehicles, and they occurred most often on rural highways and Interstates. A fully loaded big rig can weigh up to 80,000 lbs., while the average passenger car weighs just 3,000 lbs. Due to the sheer size and weight discrepancy between large semi-trucks and passenger vehicles, these accidents are often catastrophic. Injuries are usually severe and life-threatening. Sadly, even when accident victims do recover, they are often left with some form of permanent disability or disfigurement. Due to the complexities of these accidents, trucking accident victims need a law firm on their side from the start. These accidents must be handled swiftly and efficiently to ensure that accident victims receive the money they need to put their lives back together again and pay for medical expenses now – and in the future. At Rainwater, Holt, & Sexton, our attorneys have successfully handled numerous trucking accident cases, and we have achieved favorable results for all our clients. While we realize that obtaining skilled legal representation from the moment you are injured is best, we also know that avoiding these accidents is even better.
Trailer Detachment Accidents
Common Causes of Big Truck Accidents Sharing the road with large commercial trucks can be scary. After all, a fully loaded big rig can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. These large trucks are typically carrying cargo, such as livestock, produce, or even hazardous materials. When traveling at 65 mph, a detached 60,000-pound trailer full of dangerous materials can cause catastrophic and fatal accidents. Sadly, trailers can detach from all types of vehicles, including large commercial trucks, big rigs, flatbeds, and pickup trucks. These trailers can cause a tremendous amount of damage to the vehicles around them and can result in significant injuries and fatalities. When a big rig truck is carrying hazardous materials, the injuries can be even more severe and can even affect residents who live in the community. Truck drivers are responsible for checking their trailer prior to driving. They must ensure that their trailer is secured, safe, and in working condition. Unfortunately, not all truck drivers perform these safety inspections properly. If they fail to perform the necessary and required safety checks on their vehicles, they can be held responsible for any accidents they caused. If you’ve been injured in a commercial trucking accident because of a detached trailer, we can help. At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, our truck accident lawyers know how to handle these complex and unique cases. Call us at [rainwater_tel] to learn how we can help you during this difficult time.
Driverless Trucking & Its Impact on Car Accidents
Dozens of companies are currently testing and developing self-driving trucks. These trucks are expected to hit the road as early as 2021. TuSimple, for example, is currently deploying tractor-trailers that will drive themselves from pickup to delivery without anyone on board. Currently, their fleet of 40 autonomous trucks has been hauling goods between depots throughout Arizona and Texas. If that sounds frightening to you — you’re not alone. Self-driving trucks may be the future, but there is something terrifying about an 80,000-pound vehicle cruising down the road at 70 mph without anyone on board. While proponents of self-driving and autonomous commercial trucks say that this will make the roads safer, not everyone agrees. What happens when a truck accident occurs? Who is to blame, and how will accident victims obtain the compensation they need?
Your Ultimate Guide to Motorcycle Safety Gear
As a motorcyclist, there’s little standing between you and the open road. Thrilling as this may be, it’s also dangerous — you have to brave the elements, dodge road debris, and maneuver through tight spaces, all without the added protection of airbags and seatbelts. To minimize the risk of serious injury, proper safety gear is a must-have. The Arkansas motorcycle accident attorneys at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton know the importance of wearing safety gear while riding. That’s why we’ve compiled everything you need to know about staying protected on the road: the type of gear you should purchase, the top brands to keep an eye out for, and extra safety tips to help you avoid accidents while riding. Here’s our ultimate guide to the best safety gear for Arkansas motorcyclists.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcyclists in Arkansas face a variety of obstacles, challenges, and risks when riding on the road. However, the most common risk they face is simply being on the road with other vehicles. Did you know that other drivers are responsible for the majority of motorcycle accidents on the road? That’s right! Other drivers simply do not take the time to look for motorcyclists who may be sharing the road — and the results are disastrous. Understanding what caused your Arkansas motorcycle crash is an important part of your claim. Your attorney will need to examine and investigate your accident closely to determine why your accident occurred and who is to blame for the crash. In many situations, multiple parties can share the blame — further complicating your injury claim.
Where Do Most Motorcycle Accidents Occur?
In 2016, motorcycle accidents increased across the United States by 5.1 percent according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These accidents ranged from minor collisions to more serious and fatal motorcycle crashes. During a collision, the motorcyclist suffers the majority of serious injuries. That is because a motorcycle does not offer the rider any protection. There are no reinforced steel cages, no seatbelts, and no airbags to protect the rider from the forces of the crash. As such, riders are 28x more likely to suffer a fatal accident than passenger car occupants. In Arkansas, a motorcycle accident can occur at any time and to anyone. However, some places just seem to be the scene of more frequent motorcycle accidents. In general, the most commonplace for motorcycle accidents in Arkansas occur at intersections.
Determining Fault in a Trucking Accident
If you’ve been injured in a trucking accident in Arkansas, your life may never be the same. Trucking accidents are serious and complex - and they’re often life-changing. Trucking accident victims often face a long road to recovery, and many are left with permanent disabilities. But, the law is on your side. Negligent truckers, trucking companies and manufacturers can - and should - be held liable for your injuries and for the damages they caused. However, determining liability in a truck accident case is not as straightforward as it might first seem. Unlike a simple traffic accident, more players are involved including the driver, the owner of the truck, the entity that leased the truck from the owner, as well as many others. Sadly, due to the sheer size and weight discrepancy between commercial trucks and passenger vehicles, these accidents are often fatal. When an 80,000-pound commercial big rig collides with a 3,000-pound passenger vehicle, the results can be deadly. Commercial accident victims and their families need an experienced and compassionate trucking accident lawyer on their side from the very start. Your lawyer can protect your rights throughout the legal process, no matter how serious the accident and injuries may be.
Common Injuries Muscle Damage
Common injuries from car, truck, workplace, and motorcycle accidents. Car accidents are often traumatic. Even when they occur at low speeds, they can cause injury to the delicate nerves, muscles, and tendons in the body. Even the mental trauma of being injured in a car accident can follow you throughout your life. When another driver injures you or someone you love, it is important to know where you can turn for help. If you suffered muscle damage after an accident, you might require more rehabilitation and therapy than you realize. That’s why it is important never to sign a settlement with an insurance company before first speaking to an attorney. An experienced Arkansas car accident attorney can protect your rights during this difficult time, so you can focus on healing.
Arkansas Motorcycle Helmet Laws
Arkansas is home to more than 76,000 motorcyclists for good reason. Bikers here enjoy beautiful winding scenic rides during a large portion of the year. From the Arkansas Pig Trail to the Melbourne Run, there is no shortage of fun motorcycle rides in the “Natural State.” As a motorcyclist here in Arkansas, it is important to follow the rules of the road, as well as all applicable motorcycle helmet laws. Motorcycle helmet laws can prevent you from suffering serious injury and harm if you are involved in an accident. In fact, it is often your only form of protection during a crash. But are you required to wear a helmet at all times? What happens if you do not wear a helmet? Understanding Arkansas’ motorcycle helmet laws is an important part of staying safe out on the open road.
Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers Little Rock, Arkansas
Common Injuries from Car, Motorcycle, Truck and Workplace Accidents Car and motorcycle accidents can cause devastating and fatal injuries to occupants in the Little Rock area and beyond. One of the worst injuries an accident victim can face is a spinal cord injury. These injuries can result in permanent disability, requiring a lifetime of care. In the blink of an eye, you could lose the ability to walk, play with your kids, and live an active lifestyle. Even if your spinal cord injury is minor, you may still find your future impacted in ways you cannot imagine. Spinal cord injuries are often debilitating and result in a lifetime of pain and disability. These injuries usually happen suddenly and unexpectedly in a car, truck, motorcycle, or workplace accident, even sometimes occurring during a slip and fall or abuse incident. Even partial spinal cord injuries can prevent an accident victim from working or enjoying life to the fullest. Accident victims and their families typically need maximum compensation to pay for lengthy rehabilitation, hospitalizations, and long-term medical care. As such, it is important to contact an experienced Arkansas car accident lawyer immediately after your accident. Your personal injury attorney will be able to protect your rights to full and complete compensation, no matter how serious your spinal cord injury may be.
What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
The aftermath of a motorcycle accident is chaotic. You may face serious physical injuries, mental trauma, and financial hardship. You may be unable to work and provide for your family as you attempt to rebuild your life. Motorcycles don’t have reinforced steel cages and airbags protecting their riders from injury. Motorcycles expose their riders to the harsh weather and the dangers of the open road. When an accident does occur, motorcyclists may suffer permanent disfigurement, long-term disability, or mental trauma.
Motorcycle Accidents vs Car Accidents
An open road is a dangerous place. At any given moment, there are 218 million cars, large trucks, and motorcycles traveling on the road, according to IHS Automotive. These drivers commute to and from work, transport goods, and take vacations. Unfortunately, all of these drivers on the road means a greater chance of getting into an accident. In one recent year, 6.4 million accidents occurred in the United States, resulting in injury, property damage, or death. If you ride a motorcycle or drive a car, these accidents can completely upend your life. While there are some similarities between car and motorcycle accidents, there are significant differences. Motorcyclists often suffer more severe injuries due to the lack of protection. They also face unfair biases when trying to collect compensation. For these reasons, injured bikers need to contact a law firm that understands the differences between motorcycle and car accidents. They need a motorcycle accident lawyer with experience representing injured motorcyclists who know what they’re up against.
Arkansas Motorcycle Laws
Arkansas is home to more than 76,000 bikers. Bikers here enjoy beautiful winding scenic rides during a large portion of the year. From the Arkansas Pig Trail to the Melbourne Run, there is no shortage of fun motorcycle rides in the “Natural State.” As a motorcyclist here in Arkansas, it is important to follow the rules of the road, as well as all applicable motorcycle laws. Motorcycle laws can prevent you from suffering serious injury and harm if you are involved in an accident. Understanding and following Arkansas’ motorcycle laws is an important part of staying safe out on the open road. Adhering to the rules and laws of the road can also go a long way when seeking compensation in a potential personal injury lawsuit. Motorcyclists face an uphill battle when collecting damages because they have to overcome many unfair biases. Insurance companies may try to pin some of the blame on the rider or the other drivers may claim the motorcyclist was riding recklessly. Following the rules and laws of the state can help ensure that you are able to get the money you need to move forward in life after a serious motorcycle accident.
Broken Bones & Fractures Attorney Little Rock, Arkansas
Common Auto, Truck and Motorcycle Accident Injuries Approximately six million people in the United States break a bone each year. These fractures range from minor breaks to more serious compound fractures. Any trauma can cause a bone to break; car, truck, and motorcycle accidents are some of the most common causes. Unfortunately, after a car or truck accident, injured accident victims do not always take fractures seriously. They may believe that their injuries are not that severe and that they will make a full recovery after the initial treatment is done. This is far from true. Many car accident victims lose range of motion or suffer from chronic stiffness and pain long after the injury has healed. While minor fractures may not pose any long-term danger, more serious fractures can result in significant complications, impairments, and a lifetime of chronic pain and suffering. This is why accident victims need an experienced Arkansas law firm and skilled car accident lawyer in their corner. Your personal injury attorney will be able to help you obtain the money you need to recover after a significant fracture.
Common Injuries Burns
Common Injuries from Car, Motorcycle, Truck and Equipment Accidents Every year, more than 1.1 million people in the United States seek medical attention because of a burn injury. Many result from car, truck, motorcycle, and equipment accidents. Some of these burns are serious enough to cause significant disfigurement, impairment, and even death. In 2016, more than 40,000 patients who suffered a burn injury needed to be hospitalized due to their injury. Even worse, 75 percent resulted in patients seeking treatment at a burn center. Burn injuries are some of the most painful and life-changing injuries an accident victim can suffer. Injury victims may need years of extensive rehabilitation and plastic surgeries. Sadly, even with extensive treatment, many burn injury victims will not recover fully from their injuries. This can result in a lifetime of pain, suffering, and emotional distress. Due to the traumatic nature of these injuries, burn injury victims need a trusted Arkansas personal injury lawyer in their corner from the very start. Your burn injury lawyer will need to fight aggressively for your future and your right to full and complete compensation.
The Most Dangerous Roads, Interstates & Intersections in Arkansas
More than 16,000 miles of state and U.S. highways and interstates run through the state of Arkansas. This doesn’t include the thousands of small city streets, county roads, and suburban neighborhoods. With all of these intersecting roads and freeways, it’s no wonder, so many car accidents occur here in this state. In 2019 alone, over 500 people died in Arkansas car crashes - the most since 2016. Unfortunately, some roads in Arkansas are simply more dangerous than others. Whether due to increased traffic or poor maintenance, these roads see more crashes than other roads across the state.
Common Causes: Poor Highway Design
Common Causes of Auto Accidents The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 gave birth to the massive network of interstates and highways that traverse our vast country. Construction of the Interstate Highway System took nearly 40 years and was finally proclaimed “complete” in 1992. Today, more than 25% of all vehicle miles driven in the United States are on the Interstate Highway System. The original planners envisioned a massive network of freeways and highways stretching across the United States. This network was intended to safely transport the ever-growing number of vehicles in the country. While these intentions were good, the design of the highway system had some major flaws and has actually led to significant problems over the years. Car accidents on the highways and interstates are frequent and have numerous causes. Speeding, reckless driving, and intoxicated drivers make highways a dangerous place to be, especially during rush hour. However, another common cause of car accidents may very well be the road design themselves. Unfortunately, poor road design isn’t always easy to prove. Accidents that are caused by defective highways or poor road design require the skills of an experienced and aggressive law firm with the extensive resources needed to tackle these complex cases.
Common Causes of Guardrail Accidents
You probably pass guardrails every day and never give them a second thought. However, guardrails are an important safety feature on the highway. Their primary purpose is to provide a layer of protection for motorists who have drifted off of the road. When a stretch of road has a steep embankment or a drop-off, a guardrail can be the only thing protecting drivers and passengers. They’re also great at keeping motorists from running into trees, or other structures, such as bridge piers or retaining walls. Unfortunately, while guardrails are intended to protect car occupants from serious injury, they can actually become the cause of it. In fact, guardrails are often ranked as the highest source of injury and fatality collisions in fixed-object crashes. The reason for many of these injuries and fatalities is the type of treatment used at the end of the guardrail facing oncoming traffic. Some end terminals have energy absorbing properties, however, some do not.
Common Causes: Drowsy Driving Car Accidents
According to the CDC, more than a third of all adults do not get the recommended sleep they need to function properly. The results can be catastrophic when adults don’t get the recommended hours of sleep. Drowsy driving is one of the main causes of car accidents across the United States, accounting for at least 20% of all fatal crashes every single year. Even missing an hour of sleep can double your risk of getting into a crash. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, missing two or three hours of sleep increases the risk of crashing by 400%. When a drowsy driver injures you or someone you love, you need a law firm on your side with experience handling these cases. You need Rainwater, Holt & Sexton. Our Arkansas drowsy driving accident attorneys have decades of experience building - and winning - cases against drowsy drivers. Call us today to schedule a free consultation and to learn more about your legal options.
What to Do After a Rental Car Accident
You're driving along the beautiful roads of Arkansas, having a fantastic vacation. Then, out of the blue, something unexpected happens—a car accident. Suddenly, all the fun and joy vanish, leaving you overwhelmed and unsure about what to do next. Dealing with a rental car accident can be tough and confusing. Immediately after the accident, you’ll need to check that you and your passengers are safe, then document the scene and prepare to report the accident. If navigating the aftermath of a rental car accident in Arkansas sounds overwhelming, don’t worry — our Rainwater, Holt & Sexton team is here to help. We’ll walk you through the steps you should take before and after a rental car accident. Plus, we’ll help you preserve your right to compensation after an accident so that you can fully recover emotionally and financially. We have experience handling rental car accident cases across the state and strive to make it easy on you so you can focus on your recovery. We’re here to face this challenge alongside you.
Common Injuries: Whiplash
Auto, Truck, Equipment, and Workers' Comp Accidents in Little Rock and Beyond The forces of an accident can be severe and can damage the delicate muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the neck. The same can occur with trauma from a slip and fall, equipment accident, nursing home abuse, or assault. Due to the nature of these injuries, the full extent of damage is not always fully apparent right after a crash or other accident. However, in the hours and days following the accident, victims may begin to experience pain, stiffness, and numbness in their neck and extremities. Whether you feel all the effects of whiplash right away or start to experience them later, it is important to seek medical help immediately and then speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Common Causes : Speeding
If you are involved in an accident caused by a speeding driver in Arkansas, it can be difficult to get the compensation you need to recover from your injuries and other damages. Insurance companies will often try to blame the victim for their own injuries, even if they are not at fault. Car accidents are one of the leading causes of injury and death in the United States and Arkansas. Unfortunately, excessive speeding can be a significant factor in many of these accidents. Studies have found that speeding is involved in about 30% of all fatal crashes. Sadly, many accidents would not occur if drivers followed the speed limit. If you were speeding at the time of an accident, it may complicate your ability to collect the compensation you deserve. Insurance companies will look to pin more blame on you if you were speeding, even if you did not cause the accident. That's where an experienced Arkansas car accident attorney comes in. A knowledgeable lawyer at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton can help you navigate the legal process after a car accident, fight for the compensation you deserve, and help you understand your rights and options to make the best decision for your future. If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident caused by someone else's speeding, don't wait to get help. Call us at [rainwater_tel] to discuss your case and learn more about your legal options.
Common Causes : Animal Collisions
Common Causes of Auto and Truck Accidents From the Ozark Mountains to the delta Arkansas is full of natural beauty. That’s why it is known as the “natural state.” However, this natural beauty comes with a price, and Arkansas drivers know all too well the perils of driving on rural roads in the state. After all, Arkansas is home to numerous wildlife, including white-tailed deer, coyotes, wild hogs, skunks, possums, and even black bears. Many of Arkansas’s most traveled roads cut through some of their natural habitats. As a result, drivers have an increased chance of encountering a variety of wildlife on the roads. In addition to wildlife, there are also numerous livestock farms and ranches across the state, further increasing your chance of getting into a collision with an animal. Hitting an animal on the road can cause severe damage to your vehicle and can even cause you to crash into another vehicle. If you’ve been injured in an animal collision in Arkansas, you may believe that there is nothing you can do. However, this may not be the case. At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, our animal collision lawyers know how to handle these complex and unique cases. Call us at [rainwater_tel] to learn how we can help you during this difficult time.
How Long Does a Car Accident Claim Take To Settle?
The amount of time it takes to settle a car accident claim can vary based on several factors, such as the severity of the injury, the number of parties involved, and insurance company policies. However, in Arkansas, insurance companies have 45 working days to complete their investigation of a claim, while in Tennessee, they only have 30 days. Once their investigation is complete, other various factors will determine how long your case takes to settle. If you’ve suffered an injury in a car accident, you may be ready to collect your money NOW! Unfortunately, insurance companies know this and use it to their advantage. Some insurance companies purposefully delay settling claims, hoping you’ll become desperate and agree to far less than you deserve. At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, our lawyers know the quickest way to secure maximum compensation for our clients. Let us worry about your settlement and the complexities of filing your claim, while you focus on your recovery and rebuilding your life
What To Expect Physically After A Car Accident
Car accidents happen in a moment, but it can take days or even weeks to grasp the full extent of your injuries. Whether you’ve been involved in a high-speed collision or a minor accident, you should pay careful attention to your physical symptoms in the wake of a crash. The aftermath of an accident is often overwhelming. You have to handle phone calls, paperwork, police reports, and more — all while processing the physical and emotional effects of your crash. Thankfully, you don’t have to do it alone. Our experienced lawyers at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton are here to help you navigate the physical aftermath of an accident and get the compensation you need to recover.
What Does a Car Accident Lawyer Do?
You may not know what to do next if you get hurt in a car accident. Your injuries may prevent you from working and from moving forward in your life. During this stressful time, insurance companies may call and pressure you into signing a quick settlement or giving a statement. You do not have to go through this alone. If you've been hurt in a car accident and were not at fault, a car accident lawyer can assist you in exploring your legal options, building your case, and filing for compensation. The personal injury legal team at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton helps injured car crash victims navigate the legal process and obtain the compensation they deserve. Whether you need assistance with medical bills, lost wages, or other damages resulting from the accident, we can help you get the justice you deserve.
Hailstorm, Tornado or Storm Damage Claims Lawyers
Filing a Hail, Tornado, or Storm Damage Claim You’ve just gone through a severe natural disaster in Arkansas and seen your home ruined by a tornado. Yet, you’ve faithfully paid your insurance premiums for years, believing that your insurance company would be your safety net during times of crisis. But when you submitted your claim for the extensive damage incurred, the insurance company rejected your claim. How can they do that? Most insurance companies step up and do the right thing when you’ve been through as disaster, but unfortunately, this story is not unique. Numerous policyholders face the harsh reality of insurance companies who refuse to handle storm damage claims promptly or ethically. When homeowners need them most, these insurers turn their backs and make the road even more difficult for families. Denied claims, lengthy delays, and inadequate compensation have become hauntingly familiar, leaving Arkansas homeowners stranded and their dreams shattered. Storms, hail, tornadoes, and severe weather events can wreak havoc on our homes and properties. Insurance policies are designed to provide financial protection in these situations. When insurance companies deny, delay, or underpay your storm damage claims, where can you turn for help? At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, our storm damage attorneys are here to help you rebuild your life after a tornado, hail, or severe weather event. We know that some insurance companies don’t play fair. When they do, we fight back and stand up for homeowners throughout Arkansas and Tennessee. Contact us at [rainwater_tel] to learn how we can help you.
What To Do If You Get Caught In Bad Weather
Most Arkansas residents know how unpredictable the weather can be and getting caught in the rain as a biker can be a little unnerving, especially if you are not prepared. Riding in rain can pose a high danger risk, but there are certain steps that you can take when being caught in the middle of... Read more »
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are devastating and can lead to long-term health problems and disability. In the blink of an eye, your whole world can get turned upside down when you suffer a brain injury. While some people will recover from their brain injury, others may face a lifetime of physical and mental impairment. If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, it is essential to consult with an experienced Arkansas brain injury attorney. At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, we can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Our lawyers know how to fight insurance companies aggressively at every turn. We work with medical teams to identify how your specific brain injury will affect your life and future, and we use this to build a case for you and your loved ones. After all, we know that living life with a brain injury isn’t easy. It takes considerable resources to pay for medical bills, rehabilitation, and home care. That’s why we don’t back down when we negotiate with insurers on behalf of our clients. Our Arkansas brain injury lawyers will work to protect your future every step of the way.
Average Motorcycle Accident Settlements
The majority of motorcycle accidents are catastrophic and life-changing. Since motorcycles lack many protective features, bikers often suffer more severe injuries, even in accidents that occur at relatively low speeds. These injuries can result in a lifetime of pain, suffering, and disability. If you suffered an injury in a motorcycle accident in Arkansas, you are not alone. In one recent year, 88,000 motorcyclists sustained injuries in accidents across the United States. Other drivers caused the majority of these catastrophic injury accidents. When another driver causes your motorcycle accident, you can seek compensation for your injuries and for the damages you suffered. You need money for medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Rebuilding your life will take time, and you need compensation. However, reaching a fair settlement takes work. For this reason, injured Arkansas motorcyclists need a law firm on their side from the very start. At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, our Arkansas motorcycle accident attorneys are skilled negotiators and litigators who can hold negligent parties accountable.
The Top 8 Motorcycle Safety Tips
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 5,286 motorcyclists lost their lives in traffic crashes in 2016 alone. This represented a 5.1% increase in fatalities from the previous year. In 2015, more than 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in crashes that ranged from serious drunk driving crashes to minor low-speed accidents. Unfortunately, even in minor... Read more »
When you are recovering from a motorcycle wreck, you need time to heal. You shouldn’t have to worry about tracking down police reports or negotiating with insurance companies. Our team of motorcycle accident lawyers at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton understands that. We’re here to handle the complicated details and crucial deadlines of your case, so you can focus all of your energy on your recovery. During this time, the services of an experienced Arkansas motorcycle accident lawyer can be invaluable. Connect with us today, and we’ll help you seek justice and collect the compensation you deserve.
Recovering Lost Wages After Auto Accident
You’re driving home after a fun night out with friends when suddenly, a drunk driver plows into your car at a stoplight. In the blink of an eye, your whole life changes, and you suffer from severe and catastrophic injuries. During this time, you must miss months of work while you recover from your injuries and put your life back together again. How will you pay your rent without your paycheck? How will you continue to support your family? Can you get reimbursed for lost wages? An injury from an auto accident can leave you unable to work, thus making it difficult to pay bills and support a family. If you suffered an injury in a car accident caused by another person’s negligence, you have a right to recover lost wages. There are several ways to make sure you recover compensation for lost wages, but determining the right course of action is best done with the guidance of an experienced auto accident lawyer. At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, our Arkansas car accident attorneys know how to help accident victims recover the money they need after a crash. We work quickly to secure maximum compensation for our clients, including payments for lost wages and loss of future earnings. Call us today to learn how we can help you recover what you need after a serious Arkansas car crash!
How to Choose the Best Personal Injury Lawyer in Arkansas
When you suffer an injury in an accident, it can seem like your whole world is crashing down around you. Life as you know it may never be the same, and you need someone on your side to help you navigate this new path. As you focus on your recovery and on rebuilding your life,... Read more »
Will My Personal Injury Case Settle or Go To Trial?
When you suffer an injury in an accident, you may need to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit to obtain the compensation you need. With the right personal injury lawyer on your team, you can typically get significantly more money for your accident and injuries. Your lawyer will work to negotiate the best possible... Read more »
What are Future Damages in a Personal Injury Case?
If you suffered an injury because of someone else’s negligence, you should not have to face any expenses as a consequence of that injury. Justice means that the person or people responsible for your injury should be the same ones responsible for paying for it. After a serious accident, you deserve justice and an experienced... Read more »