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Bicycle Accident Attorneys in Little Rock, Arkansas

Not all bicycle accidents are about skinned knees and elbows. Sometimes, when a bicyclist is hit by a vehicle or by another bicyclist, their injuries can be serious or even deadly.

Everyone owes everyone else a duty of care when using the roadways and pathways in Arkansas. If they fail to uphold that duty, and their failure injures someone, they are financially responsible for the victim’s injuries and other damages.

At Cortinez Law Firm, our attorneys help injury victims in Little Rock, Conway, Benton-Bryant, Cabot, and throughout Central Arkansas recover compensation for their losses—whether they were on foot, two wheels, or four wheels. If you or a loved one has been injured while riding a bicycle, we may be able to help.

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What Should I Do After a Bicycle Accident?

You should first take care of yourself if you have been involved in an accident while riding a bicycle. If you can call 911, do it immediately, or make sure someone at the scene does. You will want the proper first responders and law enforcement dispatched to the scene. Once they arrive, seek medical treatment, even if you are not sure how badly you are injured or aren’t sure you are injured at all. The rush of adrenaline caused by a collision can mask many injuries. It is important to be examined, have diagnostic testing performed, and obtain a diagnosis from a physician as soon as possible.

At the scene, if you are able, get the name, contact information, and insurance information from the vehicle driver or other bicyclists involved. You should also document the name and contact information of any witnesses to the incident. Additionally, write down your recollection of the events while they are still fresh in your mind.

Once you have sought medical assistance, contact a personal injury attorney to schedule a consultation. The sooner you can put a seasoned personal injury lawyer on your case, the sooner you can focus on recovering from your injuries.

What Arkansas Laws Might Affect My Claim?

To ensure safety, Arkansas laws regulate the operation of motor vehicles. Although bicycles are not considered “vehicles” under Arkansas law, there are laws pertaining to riding a bicycle designed to ensure the safety of bicyclists, pedestrians, and vehicle operators.

Bicycle riders must obey all traffic signs and signals—although in 2019, it became legal for bicyclists to roll through stop signs so long as the way is clear. They must always yield to those who have the right-of-way, and signal stops and turns. They are not required to use bicycle paths and lanes if they prefer to use the roadway where, like cars, they must ride on the right side. The law also requires bicycles to be equipped with a front white light and rear red light or reflector visible from 500 feet.

State laws do not require bicyclists to wear helmets (although they are recommended), nor do they prohibit riding bicycles on sidewalks. However, there are local laws that may require helmets and prohibit using sidewalks, so you should be familiar with those laws.

In addition to obeying all the rules of the road, vehicles overtaking a bicycle must allow at least three feet of space between them, and not return to the right lane until they are fully clear of the bicycle.

What Do I Need to Know About Filing a Claim?

Arkansas is an at-fault state, which means a party at fault for the accident is financially responsible for compensating those they injure. If you were injured riding a bicycle hit by a car or by a bike, and the other person was at fault, you can pursue a personal injury claim. You can file a claim against the liability coverage of the at-fault driver’s auto policy. If another bicyclist was at fault, their auto insurance will not cover them, but their homeowner’s policy might. If there is no liability insurance coverage, you can sue the at-fault party to obtain a judgment that would order them to pay damages.

Arkansas also observes a modified comparative fault rule, which means you can file a claim or sue for damages even if you were partially at fault. For example, a jury values your total damages at $50,000 but also assigns 20% of the fault for the accident to you. Your damage award would be reduced by your 20% fault so you would receive $40,000 instead of the full $50,000. However, it’s important to note here that under Arkansas law, you must be found 50% or less at fault to recover any damages at all.

The statute of limitations for personal injury claims resulting from a bicycle accident is three years. You have three years from the date of the accident to either settle an insurance claim or file a lawsuit in civil court.

Bicycle Accident Attorneys in Little Rock, Arkansas

Insurance companies work hard to deny liability claims. Moreover, if you were hit by another bicyclist or an uninsured vehicle operator, recovering damages can be challenging, even overwhelming. Our experience pursuing claims in Little Rock and Central Arkansas can work for you. If you or a loved one was injured while riding a bicycle caused by someone else’s negligence, take advantage of a free consultation. Call Cortinez Law Firm now to schedule yours.