If you suffered injuries when a careless driver hit you in Miller County, a Texarkana bicycle accident attorney from the Morris Bart law firm is here to help. We provide free consultations and may be able to represent you in an insurance claim or lawsuit. You might be eligible to recover compensation and hold the at-fault motorist legally responsible for your injuries and expenses.
Our law office provides complimentary case assessments for those injured in traffic accidents, including bicyclists hit by vehicles. We will answer your questions, provide information about your rights and options, and explain how we can help based on the facts of your case.
Options for Injured Bicyclists to Recover Compensation
In a civil case, the best way for a victim to hold the at-fault driver legally responsible for their actions is to recover compensation for their injuries, expenses, and losses. Unfortunately, accident victims often incur significant bills, financial losses, and other damages due to their injuries. If this happened to you, one of our bicycle accident lawyers might be able to help you recover compensation.
Financial recovery may be possible for victims by:
- Filing a claim based on the at-fault driver’s policy
- Suing the at-fault driver in Miller County civil court or, or another appropriate jurisdiction
These options could allow you to recover compensation for damages that include:
- Medical treatment and care
- Future care and support costs
- Missed work and income
- Diminished ability to work and earn
- Property damages
- Miscellaneous expenses linked to your accident or injuries
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Other intangible losses
We also represent families in wrongful death cases, filing for damages as outlined under Ark. Code Ann. § 16-62-102. If your immediate family member died from their bike accident injuries, you might be able to recover compensation for:
- Medical care
- Funeral and burial or cremation costs
- Lost income, services, and benefits
- Intangible losses experienced by surviving family members
For a free legal consultation with a Bicycle Accident lawyer serving Texarkana, call (870) 330-4155
Steps Our Bicycle Accident Lawyer Will Take on Your Behalf
At the Morris Bart law firm, we have over four decades of experience working with accident victims. We understand how stressful it is to suffer injuries and incur expenses through no fault of your own. This is why we are here. We may be able to help you by assessing your case and navigating the claims process on your behalf.
When a client works with our attorneys in Texarkana, they can expect us to:
- Investigate what happened
- Gather, preserve, and analyze evidence
- Enlist experts as needed to prove the case
- Identify the liable parties and their insurance policies
- Prepare all paperwork, manage deadlines, and handle the claim
- Protect your rights by managing all communication with the insurer
- Negotiate for a fair settlement
- Take the driver to trial if the case calls for it
We handle all types of traffic accident claims. With more than 6,500 cases won in 2019, we secured compensation for clients with similar claims to yours, as well. For example, our case results feature a $430,000 settlement for a bicycle accident victim who suffered numerous fractures, a head injury, eye and ear injuries, and more.
Our Texarkana law office is one of 15 locations across the Gulf South. We serve all parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. The Texarkana location is:
210 N State Line Avenue #501
Texarkana, AR 71854
Like other locations, our Texarkana office is a contingency fee firm, charging clients nothing upfront. We do not ask for a retainer, deposit, or other fees until the conclusion of the case. We only receive attorney’s fees if our clients get compensation. If we do not win, we do not get paid.
Understanding the Four Elements of Negligence to Prove in an Accident
All personal injury cases in Arkansas are built on negligence. Our attorneys must show that the at-fault driver acted negligently in a traffic accident, including bicycle versus car crashes. In general, this means they were careless or reckless, which caused the crash, and you were hurt.
Proving negligence requires us to gather evidence to show four things occurred:
- Breach of duty
Drivers have a duty–usually defined by traffic law–to behave in specific ways that keep themselves and others safe. When they breach the duty, the stipulations that would prevent an accident are no longer present. In this way, their careless or reckless behavior causes a crash. As a result, bicyclists may suffer severe injuries and financial harm when hit by a car.
These four elements will be present in every bicycle vs. motor vehicle accident caused by a negligent driver. We must document them with evidence, present a convincing case to the insurer or court, and demand a fair payout.
Your Time Is Limited in Arkansas to Take Legal Action Against the At-Fault Driver
Traffic accident cases often settle without a lawsuit, and even fewer go to trial. However, this may be necessary under some circumstances. When we file a civil suit, it often prompts the insurance company to offer an increased settlement, which may be appropriate for our client. In other cases, they dig in their heels and continue:
- Blaming our client for the accident
- Refusing to cover some or all the victim’s damages
- Questioning other facts of the case
We may have to sue if we are getting close to the deadline set by the statute of limitations in these cases. Under Ark. Code Ann. § 16-56-105, victims cannot sue beyond the third anniversary of the crash. Thus, we sometimes have to sue to protect our client’s right to do so. Exceptions could apply to this deadline.
Contact Us Today to Discuss Your Legal Options for Injuries Suffered in a Bicycle Accident
You can speak with a lawyer from the Morris Bart law office in Texarkana for free today. Our attorneys provide complimentary case assessments for bike accident victims and their families. We ensure you understand your rights, legal options for seeking justice, and what to do next. We also answer questions and explain our services specific to your case.
Call (870) 330-4155 to discuss your case with one of our bicycle accident attorneys.
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