Little Rock Bicycle Accident Attorneys
When Drivers Fail to Share the Road, Our Lawyers Step In
Little Rock has an impressive trail system and is home to countless cyclists. Unfortunately, many drivers in our city have not yet learned to share the road. As a result, bicyclists are frequently injured or killed in Little Rock bicycle accidents. Bicycle safety is an important issue nationwide. In 2018, a total of 867 bicyclists died in traffic crashes in the United States.
Our attorneys have proudly been serving injured bicyclists in Little Rock and surrounding areas since 2010, and we would be honored to get to know you and to help you with your case.
Common Bicycle Accident Injuries
Per the American Family Physician journal, bicycle crashes are the second leading cause of sports- or recreation-associated serious injuries.
The most common bicycle injuries include:
- Road rash
- Cuts and bruises
- Sprains, strains, and dislocations
- Injuries to the face and eyes
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Injuries to the chest and lungs
- Ruptured spleens
- Abdominal organ damage
- Pelvic and genitourinary trauma
Any of the injuries above can be severe enough to cause permanent disability or death. If you or a loved one has been harmed, Taylor & Taylor Law Firm, P.A. can help.
What Causes Bicycle Accidents?
In Little Rock, bicycle accidents are frequently caused by negligent drivers. The majority of bicycle accidents (75% according to the NHTSA) occur in urban areas where cars and bicyclists share the road.
Negligent driver behavior consists of:
- Unsafe lane changes
- Aggressive driving or road rage
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Improper passing
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Disregarding traffic signals and/or officers
- Failing to check blind spots or see cyclists
Another common cause of bicycle accidents is “dooring.” This happens when a driver opens their door in the path of an oncoming cyclist.
If you’ve been injured by any of these behaviors, you may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit.
Bike Laws in Arkansas
The nonprofit, BikeNWA, has conveniently compiled all of Arkansas’ bike laws into one place. While the organization is based out of Bentonville, the laws apply to cyclists in Little Rock and beyond. In Arkansas, most laws pertaining to bicyclists are described in Title 27 of the state statutes. Statutes 27-49-219 and 27-49-211 specify that bicycles are not considered vehicles, but they do have all the rights and duties of other drivers.
The laws also explain that cyclists 14 or younger must wear a helmet on paved roads and trails throughout the state. Further, cyclists must ride on the right side of the roadway and their bikes must be equipped with a front white light and a rear red light. Bicyclists must also use the appropriate hand signals to indicate their position in traffic. Like any other drivers, bicyclists are not allowed to ride under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
Failure to adhere to bicycle laws in Arkansas can jeopardize your case, even if a negligent driver caused your accident and injuries. For this reason, you need to be honest with your lawyer throughout the legal process. Our attorneys have the experience to get ahead of any mistakes you might have made and protect your claim from beginning to end.
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Our attorneys have the resources you need to help you succeed. Our top priority is to get the best resolution in your case.
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We treat you like family and genuinely care about your well-being. When you choose to work with us, we’re committed to fighting for you until the end.
At Taylor & Taylor Law Firm, P.A., you will be working with our injury attorneys Andy Taylor and Tasha Taylor, as well as the rest of our personal injury legal team. We will know you by your name – not just by your case number – and we promise to provide personalized, compassionate support while we help you move forward from your devastating bicycle accident.