Jonesboro Bicycle Accident Lawyers
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 personal injury 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 30+ attorneys and 100+ staff members, serving those hurt in Jonesboro, 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.