Jonesboro Bicycle Accidents
Motor Vehicle Collision Lawyers Serving the Jonesboro Area
Riding a bicycle is a great form of exercise as well as a less expensive and more environmentally-friendly mode of transportation for traveling short distances. However, bicycling can be dangerous, as accidents between bicycles and motor vehicles often result in serious bodily harm to the bicyclist. The Jonesboro bicycle accident attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz are experienced in such cases and represent injured cyclists who have been hit by careless or negligent drivers. If you were hurt in a bicycle wreck, call our Jonesboro office today. Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz has a skilled legal team of more than 30 attorneys and 100 staff members, serving those hurt in Jonesboro, West Memphis, Marion, Little Rock, Paragould, Forrest City, Helena, Conway, Pine Bluff, Searcy, Walnut Ridge, and across the state of Arkansas.
Jonesboro Bicycle Accidents
In general, bicyclists must abide by the same rules of the road as motor vehicle drivers. In Arkansas, bicyclists may use any public road, street, or highway, with the exception of certain controlled-access highways. In most cities in Arkansas, bicycles can be operated on sidewalks, which afford cyclists a greater degree of protection since they are not sharing the actual roadway with motor vehicles. However, some cities, such as Jonesboro, Little Rock, and Hot Springs, have ordinances that prohibit bicyclists from riding on sidewalks in certain situations, forcing them to share the roadway with cars, trucks, and other large motor vehicles.
Injuries that Occur in a Bicycle Accident
Under Arkansas law, an injured victim may assert a claim for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, lost future earnings, or scarring or disfigurement caused by a collision. In order to do so, the bicyclist must prove that another driver’s negligence caused the accident in question.
What happens if the bicyclist is partly at fault for the resulting collision? The victim’s comparative negligence may reduce the amount of compensation he or she receives. Arkansas follows modified comparative negligence. If the bicyclist’s liability in causing the accident was less than 50%, then his or her compensation is reduced by the percentage he or she contributed to the accident. On the other hand, if the bicyclist contributed 50% or more to the accident, then he or she may be prohibited from receiving any compensation at all. This is one reason why it is important to consult a bicycle accident lawyer in Jonesboro who can advocate for your rights.
For example, if a bicyclist pulls out of a private driveway into the roadway in front of a speeding car with the right of way, and the two collide, some fault may be placed on the cyclist. If a judge or jury finds that the bicyclist’s action of pulling out in front of the car contributed 60% of the negligence that caused the accident, then the bicyclist is likely barred from recovering for his or her injuries and will receive no damages. However, if that same judge or jury instead found that the car’s excessive speed was the primary contributing factor to the accident and assessed only 30% liability to the bicyclist, then the bicyclist would be entitled to recover compensation for his or her injuries caused by the impact, but the damages amount would be reduced according to the percentage of liability assessed against the bicyclist. You should consult with a knowledgeable lawyer who can analyze the facts of your case and advise you of your legal rights.
Discuss Your Bicycle Accident with a Jonesboro Attorney
If you have been injured in a wreck, you should immediately consult with a Jonesboro bicycle accident lawyer. The other driver’s insurance adjuster may contact you immediately after the accident and request to take your statement, hoping you will made an admission damaging to your case. This would allow the insurance company to place blame on you, thereby reducing the compensation you may collect. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, we have recovered more than $1.5 billion for our injured clients as car wreck attorneys and in other personal injury cases. Contact us toll-free at 800-LAW-4004 for a free consultation today about our firm and how we can serve you. You may also complete our online form. Let us show you why NST is the way to go.
Most car accidents are preventable and occur as a result of errors by one or more drivers. To prove liability, you will need to establish by a preponderance of the evidence that the driver owed you a duty of care, which was breached, and that your injuries resulted from the driver’s carelessness. Damages that may be available in these cases often include medical expenses, lost income, mental anguish, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering.
Truck drivers are required to follow numerous detailed regulations, including rules related to hours of service, keeping a logbook, and maintenance procedures. Many of these regulations are intended to protect other people on the road from harm. In some states, if a driver violated a law that was enacted to protect the public, the violation can create a rebuttable presumption of negligence. Trucking companies are also required to follow a number of regulations, including rules related to background checks of drivers and proper supervision. They often may be held directly or indirectly liable for a truck accident.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluates applications for disability benefits. Although many people pay into this system throughout their lives, many legitimate claims are initially denied, and this process may be less straightforward than claimants expect. The SSA uses a five-step sequential evaluation to determine whether to grant benefits to an applicant. Each step is considered in a set order. We can present your case in a persuasive manner and help you appeal a denial of a meritorious claim if needed. This could include representing you in a hearing before an administrative law judge.
Workers’ compensation functions slightly differently in each state. In Tennessee, for example, businesses that employ five or more employees must carry workers’ compensation insurance. If you are injured on the job, you may recover benefits, such as medical costs and disability. Neither your employer’s nor your own culpability for your injuries will prevent you from collecting these benefits. However, it may still be a struggle to obtain benefits from your employer’s insurer. We can help you navigate this challenging process.
If you were harmed by a health care professional’s failure to use the appropriate level of care in providing treatment to you, you may be able to recover compensation. Most medical malpractice lawsuits require retaining an expert to determine the accepted standard of care and explain what the defendant did that fell short of this standard, as well as how the inappropriate conduct caused the patient’s injuries.
When you buy a toy, car, medication, or other product, you do not expect to be hurt. If you are injured, you may have grounds to file a product liability lawsuit. There are three types of defects that may be actionable: manufacturing, design, and marketing (also known as failure to warn). Manufacturers may be held accountable under multiple different theories, including strict liability, negligence, breach of warranty, and concealment. For example, if you take a drug that causes you to develop cancer, but you were not told that a potential side effect of the drug was developing cancer, you may have grounds to hold the manufacturer strictly liable for its failure to warn you of the risk.
Nursing home residents are often elderly or disabled, and thus they are especially vulnerable to neglect, physical abuse, and exploitation by staff members. Unfortunately, many nursing homes are understaffed or employ staff members who are inadequately trained to deal with potentially frustrating situations. Nursing homes are required to protect their residents from physical, mental, and emotional harm by providing a safe environment, as well as adequately training and supervising staff. A failure to do so may be grounds for a nursing home negligence lawsuit for damages.
Property owners have a duty to keep their property reasonably safe. In most situations, this includes an obligation to inspect the property for dangerous conditions and fix them or provide warnings about them so that visitors are not harmed. One type of dangerous condition, which may present a particular problem in apartment complexes or shopping centers, consists of inadequate security measures such as broken locks, poor lighting, or a lack of security guards. A failure to take security measures when appropriate may allow third-party criminals to assault, rob, rape, or otherwise harm visitors and tenants. You may be able to recover damages if you can prove that the defendant knew or should have known about a history of attacks similar to yours and taken appropriate security measures to reduce the risk of further incidents.
Consult a Personal Injury Lawyer in Memphis or the Surrounding Regions
If you are dealing with a devastating injury or medical condition, the Memphis personal injury attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz can evaluate and explain your options. Our firm has 30 attorneys and more than 100 staff members, and we serve injured people in many areas of Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky, including Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Contact our office toll-free by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation with a personal injury, workers’ compensation, or Social Security Disability lawyer. Once you have learned more about our vigorous advocacy for the rights of the injured, you will realize that NST is the way to go.