If Arkansas’ roads are to be truly safe, we all have to share them, and in no small part that means driving safely alongside bicycles. Alan LeVar understands that bicyclists have as much right to the road as anyone else.
When you’re riding a bike, you are uniquely vulnerable to the cars driving alongside you. Even if you follow every rule and do everything right, a driver’s mistake can leave you with truly devastating injuries.
Alan LeVar is ready to fight for you if you’ve been injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence or misconduct. The team at The Law Offices of Alan LeVar can help you pursue justice and compensation for your injury.
If you live in Arkansas and you’ve been hurt in a bicycle crash, you need an experienced lawyer, call The Law Offices of Alan LeVar today at (888) 220-7068.
Common Causes of Bike Crashes
In some ways it’s inaccurate to refer to these incidents as “accidents.” The word “accident” implies something that was inevitable or unavoidable, with no one at fault. In reality, most of the incidents our lawyers handle are far from inevitable, they are eminently avoidable and someone was certainly at fault.
So while there are a number of specific causes for bicycle crashes, the root cause is almost always some form of negligence. Specific forms of negligence include:
- A driver failing to notice a bicycle
- A car turning right without taking the bicyclist’s presence into account
- Driving while intoxicated
- An unwillingness to share the road with bicycles
- Failure to make proper adjustments for weather conditions
Mr. LeVar and our entire team have experience investigating these crashes, determining cause and proving fault in court.
Four NHTSA Car, Bicyclist Safety Reminders
The NHTSA’s recent “Traffic Safety Facts” report is more than just good data and reference. The report also is packed with useful safety advice that can help keep cyclists, motorcycle riders and car drivers safe on the roads that we all must share.
First and foremost, the report, which summarizes cyclist fatalities as the result of road accidents, serves as a powerful reminder that a little courtesy can go a long way when it comes to keeping bicyclists and other riders safe on our roads.
Drivers can do that by taking the following four safety precautions around cyclists:
Driver/Cyclist Safety Tip No. 1: Avoid steering your car or driving closer than three feet to a bicyclist or motorcycle rider.
Driver/Cyclist Safety Tip No. 2: Remain vigilantly aware of nearby bicyclists whenever you open your car door or pull out of a driveway or parking spot.
Driver/Cyclist Safety Tip No. 3: Remain extra alert at intersections or whenever you’re making a left turn or right turn.
Driver/Cyclist Safety Tip No. 4: Take extra precautions around bicyclists and motorcycle riders whenever you spot a yield sign.
Everyone has someplace to be, and time is at a premium. But nothing on your “to-do list” is more important than helping to protect the safety and welfare of everyone who shares our roads and highways.
Bicycle Crash Settlements
Because you have little to no protection while riding a bike, you are uniquely vulnerable in any crash. The injuries bicyclists suffer in crashes with cars tend to be severe, and the resulting financial burdens are heavy.
Our lawyers can usually pursue compensation for in a settlement:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral expenses (in wrongful death cases)
No lawyer can promise you a specific settlement amount, and the compensation available to you will be determined by the unique circumstances of your case.
Mr. LeVar and his team will evaluate your case at a free consultation, determine if you have a viable claim and then advise you on the best course of action. Our lawyers cares more about what’s right for you then what’s good for his profit margin.
If you’re an Arkansas resident and you need an experienced lawyer to help after you’ve been hurt while biking, please contact The Law Offices of Alan LeVar today for a free consultation.