A Little Rock bicycle accident attorney from the Morris Bart firm may be able to help you seek and recover compensation following a Pulaski County, Arkansas, collision. Our attorneys represent victims of car versus bicycle crashes and help them get justice in their cases. As a result, you may have a valid claim for compensation.
Our law office offers free consultations. Accident victims can speak to an attorney and learn more about their case at no cost. We will answer questions and explain legal options based on the unique facts of their case.
Damages Injured Bicyclists Can Pursue
The victim may suffer injuries, expenses, and losses when an accident occurs. While the accident was no fault of their own, they are still responsible for their medical bills and other costs. This creates additional stress and frustration.
Under Arkansas law, they can hold the at-fault driver accountable and recover compensation for these damages. This is possible through:
- A claim based on their auto liability insurance coverage; or
- A personal injury lawsuit in a civil court
The damages and value of these cases vary widely but may include:
- Medical bills, including future care costs
- Lost income from time missed at work
- Reduced earning ability for long-term injuries
- Property damages
- Other related expenses
- Pain and suffering damages
- Mental anguish
- Other intangible losses
Because of the severity of injuries in many bicycle vs. motor vehicle accident cases, we sometimes need to represent families in wrongful death claims, as well. If your immediate family member died from their wounds, you might qualify to pursue damages under Ark. Code Ann. § 16-62-102.
For a free legal consultation with a Bicycle Accident lawyer serving Little Rock, call (501) 588-3304
Services Our Bicycle Accident Lawyer Will Provide to You
The Morris Bart law firm has helped clients navigate the claims process and recover compensation for more than 40 years. We take the necessary steps to develop a strong case and fight for a fair cash payout for our clients. Some of the services we may be able to provide in your case include:
- Assessing the facts of your accident to determine your options
- Investigating the crash, gathering and preserving evidence, and supporting the claim
- Enlisting the help of experts to prove your case
- Preparing paperwork and filing it before all applicable deadlines
- Managing all communication with the insurer and negotiating a settlement
- Taking the liable party to trial if necessary in your case
In 2019, our attorneys helped more than 6,500 clients win their cases through settlements or awards. Our case results included:
- $852,845 in a traffic accident case
- $650,000 for a client hurt by a drunk driver
- $640,000 verdict for an injured worker in a workers’ compensation case
- $550,000 in a hit and run collision
- $490,000 for a client hurt in a truck crash
- $430,000 for a bicyclist struck by a car
We are a contingency fee law firm. We do not ask clients to pay any upfront fees, including a retainer. Instead, we use our resources, knowledge, and experience to build a case and seek a positive outcome for the client. Therefore, we only get attorney’s fees if we recover compensation for them.
Proving Fault and Liability in Your Bicycle Accident Claim
To recover compensation in a Little Rock bicycle accident, our law firm must have strong evidence to show that the at-fault driver acted negligently. That is, they were reckless or careless behind the wheel, and this caused the injury accident.
When we prove negligence, there are four elements we must keep in mind:
- Breach of duty
These four elements allow us to prove fault and liability in all personal injury cases. They are present in every viable bike accident case regardless of how the motorist caused the crash. For example, imagine the driver did not stop at a traffic light and hit the bicyclist. In this case:
- The motorist had a duty under traffic laws to stop at a red light
- They did not stop, violating the law
- Their failure to stop caused them to collide with the bike and rider
- The cyclist suffered injuries, emotional damages, and financial harm
Bicyclists are at an increased risk of injury compared to occupants of motor vehicles. Even with a helmet, they risk suffering significant injuries, lasting impairments, and fatal harm if struck by a car. For this reason, the law generally puts the duty to keep bicyclists safe while sharing roads with motorists.
Your Time to Take Legal Action Against the At-Fault Driver Is Limited in Arkansas
Most bicycle accident cases settle without going to court. We file an insurance claim, present our evidence, and negotiate a fair payout with the insurer. Sometimes, though, a lawsuit is necessary.
We often have to build a case against the at-fault driver and ask a judge and jury to award compensation at trial because the insurance company does not work with us during the claims process. They may deny the claim, refuse to pay a fair settlement, blame the accident on our client, or otherwise prevent us from settling.
One of the most common reasons we have to sue is because there is not a lot of time. In Arkansas, accident victims generally have three years to begin a lawsuit under Ark. Code Ann. § 16-56-105. However, exceptions exist. Some people have more or less time to get started. Our legal team will ensure you meet all deadlines and protect your right to recover compensation as long as we know about your case in time.
Speak with Morris Bart, LLC Today about Your Bicycle Accident Case
The Morris Bart law firm in Little Rock provides complimentary consultations for accident victims. You can talk to one of our bicycle accident lawyers about your case for free today. We understand what it takes to recover compensation and hold the at-fault party accountable and can determine the strength of your case during this initial conversation.
Call (501) 588-3304 to speak to a lawyer about your bicycle accident today.
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