LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas. Under Arkansas law, bike riders have the same rights and responsibilities to the road as drivers and road users. This means that bikers have a right to share roadways with vehicles, but they must also properly follow the law. More people in Little Rock are choosing to ride bike as a mode of transportation or recreation. Bike riding is not only eco-friendly, but it saves money in gas, and is good for your health. Yet, bike riding comes with its own risks. Riders are more vulnerable road users and are more likely to experience more serious injuries if they are involved in an accident. Unfortunately, when bike accidents do occur, it can sometimes be difficult to determine negligence. In fact, according to a biking manual released by the Arkansas State Police and other groups, when bikes and cars collide, the fault may be evenly split between the car and the biker. Personal injury lawyers like the Law Offices of Sheila Campbell understand the importance of properly determining negligence in the event of an accident. For instance, a person seriously injured by a driver may be entitled to collect money from insurance or from the driver himself or herself if the driver is found at fault. Sometimes bikers need to take their cases to court to properly disentangle who was at fault for an accident.
Both bike riders and drivers have a shared responsibility to protect one another’s safety. Bike riders should use lights and wear high-visibility clothing, especially when biking at night. Additionally, bikers need to follow the same laws cars must abide by. In many cases, accidents occur when bikers are behaving in an unpredictable manner. Bikers should also wear a helmet to offer an additional level of protection should an accident occur.
Of course, drivers have a responsibility to share the road and to give bikers additional space. Drivers should avoid texting and driving and speeding—both factors which can lead to an accident or result in serious personal injuries should an accident occur. According to a recent report on ProPublica, cars travelling at speeds over 20 miles per hour become much more deadly to pedestrians and other vulnerable road users. The data is so striking that high pedestrian and bike cities like New York have put in place city-wide 25 miles per hour speed limits. In fact, a person is 70% more likely to die when struck by a vehicle travelling 30 miles per hour, than when they are struck by a vehicle travelling 20 miles per hour. Drivers should always obey speed limits and adjust their speeds to reflect conditions. This may mean slowing down in areas where there is heavy bike use or a greater number of pedestrians. It may seem like common sense, but many people suffer serious personal injuries because drivers choose not to respect the realities of road conditions.
If you or a loved one has been injured while riding a bike, you may be entitled to receive compensation to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Visit the personal injury lawyers of the Law Offices of Sheila Campbell today to learn more.