Arkansas Bicycle Accident Attorneys
Legal Help for Injured Cyclists
Almost 467,000 bicycle accidents causing serious injury occur in the United States each year. Many bicycle accidents cause serious injury including broken bones, soft tissue injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and more. While riding a bike is a great form of exercise and an economical form of transportation for many, it is important that bicyclists and motorists alike are aware of the dangers.
There are ways to help prevent a serious bike accident from occurring or at least to lessen the severity of injuries that occur as a result of a bicycle accident. Continue reading to learn more.
If you or a loved one has been hurt, call Caddell Reynolds Law Firm at (800) 889-6944 for a free consultation.
Ways to Prevent Bicycle Accidents
- Wear a helmet – a bicycle helmet should be tight, yet comfortable. Wearing a helmet can significantly reduce the severity of a head injury that may result from a bike accident. While Arkansas state law does not require the use of a helmet (except for in Bentonville where cyclists 14 years or younger are required to wear helmets on paved and off-road trails), we strongly advise you to do so.
- Remain visible – this becomes especially important at night. It can be difficult for drivers to see bicyclists and is therefore critical that you wear clothing and gear that makes you visible. We advise wearing bright, reflective gear.
- Obey all traffic laws – just like driving a car, when you are riding a bike it is important to obey all traffic laws. Ride with the flow of traffic, abide by all traffic lights, and make complete stops at all stop signs
- Ride predictably – do not make erratic decisions when riding a bike, especially when on the road with motor vehicles. A driver may not be able to react in time and thus an accident may occur.
Information for Motorists
- Share the road – just like motorists, bicyclists are entitled to use the road. Treat them like you would another vehicle. Do not tailgate or cut-off bicyclists.
- Be especially cautious at night – of all bicyclist deaths that have occurred, a majority of them took place between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. accounting for 20% of all bicyclist deaths. At night, anticipate that there will be a bicyclist and drive with caution.
- Drive predictably – do not make erratic decisions when operating a motor vehicle. Bicyclists may not be able to react quickly enough which could result in serious injury to both the operator of the vehicle and the bicyclist.
What Causes Bicycle Accidents?
- Distracted driving
- Failing to leave a buffer between the car and the cyclists
- Failure to yield
- Weaving through traffic
- Unsafe lane changes
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Impared driving
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident and suffered serious injury, call our experienced Arkansas bike accident lawyers at (800) 889-6944. Your initial consultation is completely free and we can meet with you at home or in the hospital is you cannot come to us.
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