Little Rock Bicycle Accidents
Injury Lawyers Serving the Little Rock Area
Bicyclists face many dangers when they travel on roads congested with cars, trucks, and other motor vehicles. Part of the danger stems from the fact that bicycles do not offer the protection and safety features that most motor vehicles offer, and they are less visible than motor vehicles, which can lead to unnecessary bicycle accidents. Another part of the danger comes from a general lack of protection for bicyclists under the laws of many states, including Arkansas. If you have been injured by a motor vehicle while riding a bicycle in Little Rock or the surrounding area, call Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz today to speak with one of our experienced Little Rock bicycle accident attorneys. Our attorneys are dedicated to serving the interests of accident victims. Over the past 30 years, that dedication has allowed us to obtain over $1billion in recovery for our personal injury clients.
Establishing Your Claims in a Bicycle Accident Case
In order for a bicyclist to obtain recovery for bodily injuries, the cyclist generally must show that the other party involved in the accident was negligent in causing the cyclist’s injuries. This requires the bicyclist to establish the legal elements of negligence: duty, breach, causation, and damages. If the injured bicyclist can establish those elements, then they will likely be able to recover damages caused by the collision. Depending on the injuries involved, those damages can include lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, future medical bills, future lost wages, and others. If the bicyclist suffered fatal injuries, damages such as funeral expenses and loss of consortium may be available in a wrongful death case.
Unfortunately for those who travel on bicycles in Arkansas, there are not many Arkansas safety laws that are specifically designed to protect bicyclists. In fact, Arkansas was at one point listed dead last in the League of American Bicyclists’ ranking of “bicycle friendly states.” There are, however, certain Arkansas laws that do protect bicyclists. For example, Ark. Code Ann. § 27-51-311 requires that a motor vehicle passing a bicyclist do so at a distance of not less than three feet. If a cyclist is able to prove that the driver who injured him or her violated that law, such as by introducing eyewitness testimony, it is likely that the cyclist can recover economic and non-economic damages caused by the defendant’s failure to follow the safety law. In any case, consulting with a Little Rock attorney experienced in bicycle accident cases will provide you with a detailed understanding about your legal rights and the options available for your situation.
Consult with an Experienced Little Rock Attorney Today
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, the Little Rock bicycle accident lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz are ready to speak with you. We have 33 lawyers and more than 120 support staff members dedicated to representing accident victims. Our firm assists injured victims in cities like Little Rock, Jonesboro, Memphis, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Nashville, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, Caruthersville, and other communities throughout Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky. You can schedule a free consultation with one of our motor vehicle collision attorneys by calling 800-529-4004 or by filling out our online form. NST is the way to go for people who need a bicycle accident lawyer in Little Rock.
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.