Bicycles are not just an enjoyable way to get exercise, but they are also economically and environmentally friendly. Many people in Nevada ride bicycles for recreation and exercise, and it is also a popular method of commuting to work. Unfortunately, bicyclists are very vulnerable in the event of a traffic accident.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the United States, approximately 1,000 people die each year in bicycle accidents, while 467,000 are injured.
Nevada ranks twenty-sixth among all states in bicycle accident-related deaths, with an average of four people killed every year. With the combination of motor vehicles and bikes on Nevada roads, the risk of bicycle accidents is always present.
In Nevada, bicyclists have the same rights as any other driver, but motorists share a large part of the responsibility for avoiding causing accidents by following the rules of the road. Drivers who fail to observe the law pose a grave danger to bike riders.
Bicyclists are subject to many types of accidents due to this unique tendency of drivers to overlook bikes. Bicycles that ride alongside parked cars, for example, run the risk of being involved in a dooring accident, where an occupant in a parked car opens the door right in front of the bicyclist since all too many occupants don’t even think to look for an approaching bicycle, or they overlook them if they do.
Furthermore, many children and teenagers ride bicycles to school and around their neighborhoods. Children between the ages of five and 14 and adolescents between 15 and 19 are the most frequently injured bicyclists. Drivers in residential areas and near schools should slow down and make sure they are driving safely when they see a bicyclist, but all too frequently, they forget. Going over the speed limit or too fast for the conditions is a leading cause of bicycle accidents.
Drivers who try to pass too closely or will force a cyclist off the road are simply being negligent.
When a driver is impaired, distracted, or speeding, bicyclists are often at the greatest risk. Due to the risks of bicyclists being hit by a much larger and heavier vehicle or being thrown from the car, if a motorist eventually collides with a cyclist, the victim can suffer severe injuries, such as:
Neahusan Law strongly believes that the rights of cyclists must be protected and is prepared to do so.
Nevada law states that a motorist must not (i) intentionally interfere with the movement of a person lawfully riding a bicycle, (ii) Overtake and pass a person riding a bicycle unless it can be done safely without endangering the cyclist, (iii) Ignore right of way laws, nor (iv) Enter, stop, stand, park or drive in bike lanes.
Furthermore, motorists have a legal obligation to exercise due care to avoid a collision with a cyclist and give an audible warning with their horn to avoid a collision.
If the motorist responsible for your accident violated traffic laws and rules of the road, you have a right to pursue compensation. Our Neahusan Law bicycle accident attorneys can help you investigate the details of your accident and take care of all the necessary claims paperwork.
After a bike accident, many injured victims experience financial stress as their medical expenses build up, and they miss work for long periods. If you believe the motorist was at fault, you could be entitled to damages.
Neahusan Law takes pride in our high-quality representation, and clients appreciate our attentive and personalized approach to their cases. Our Neahusan Law bicycle accident attorneys are committed to protecting your rights and maximizing your compensation!
Your injuries might cause you pain and affect you emotionally. Missed work can add additional worry as shockingly high medical bills start to add up. And when a car accident fatally injures a loved one, the grief can seem overwhelming.
Far too often, Nevada bicycle accident victims do not get what they deserve for their injuries. A Neahusan Law bicycle accident attorney can win significant financial compensation for those involved in bicycle accidents.
The bicycle accident attorneys of Neahusan Law are passionate about using personal injury law to protect the rights of bicyclists like you.
Cars, trucks, and motorcycles are, of course, much larger, and heavier than bicycles—the impact of a crash is often highly injurious to the bicyclist, at times even throwing them from the bike into the street. Nevada law does not require the wearing of bicycle helmets—a bicyclist not wearing head protection runs the risk of catastrophic injuries in the event of a collision.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a bicycle accident, get in touch with an experienced Bicycle Accident Lawyer at Neahusan Law. We can advise you of your rights and advocate vigilantly for the justice you deserve.
Responsibility in a bicycle accident is determined in the same way as in all other vehicle accidents. All drivers owe the public a duty of care. That duty of care includes obeying all traffic laws and safely and sensibly operating their vehicles.
Drivers who cause an accident because they have violated the law or are not following safe and sensible principles while driving is said to have breached their duty of care. Such a breach is negligent behavior, and a court may find the driver liable for damages caused by the accident.
The laws regarding bicycles covered in the Nevada Statutes are not necessarily the same as those in other states. Furthermore, some of the laws apply to motorists of other vehicles but not bicyclists. Safe passing, for example, is the responsibility of the motorist, not of the bicyclist. A driver should move into a lane to the left and allow a minimum clearance of 3 feet between the vehicle and the bicycle.
If you have been injured by a careless driver while riding your bicycle, you need an attorney who knows insurance law and the regulations about bicycles and cars in Nevada. When you need a bicycle accident lawyer in Nevada, you can count on Neahusan Law to defend your rights.
Neahusan Law attorneys will fight your legal battles and handle your case with the attention it deserves. Contact Neahusan Law today at 775-420-5142 or on the contact form on our website. We are your legal lifeline in Reno, Sparks, Fallon, Carson City, Fernley, and the surrounding communities of Nevada.
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