Bicycle Accident Lawyer in Las Vegas
Protect Your Right to Compensation
All bicycle riders accept risks when they mount a bike and venture onto
public roadways with other cars and large trucks. Because riders are small
and difficult to see, it becomes crucially important for motorists to
obey the rules of the road when sharing the street with cyclists. When
drivers fail in their legal duty to obey traffic laws or drive with a
reasonable standard of care, they can be held responsible for damages
they cause during accidents.
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident caused by the negligence,
carelessness, or wrongful act of another person or motorist, you may be
entitled to financial compensation for your damages - including your emotional,
financial, and physical.
At Shook & Stone, our Las Vegas bicycle accident attorneys are prepared
to help victims learn more about their legal rights during a FREE consultation.
Contact us today to discuss your case!
Nevada Bicycle Laws
Bicyclists and automobiles are required to obey the same road traffic rules
and regulations. Bicyclists are also expected to ride with the flow of
traffic, navigating their bikes and making turns as if they were a motor
vehicle. As sharing the road can create dangerous situations, Nevada Revised
Statutes §484B.270 outlines the requirements and responsibilities
of drivers to ensure the safety of bicyclists.
Under Nevada law, motorists must:
- Not intentionally interfere with the movement of anyone lawfully riding a bicycle
- Not overtake or pass a person riding a bicycle unless done safely without
endangering the rider
- Yield the right of way to bicycle riders
- Not enter, stop, stand, park, or drive within bike lanes
- Not enter or proceed through an intersection while within a bike lane
- Exercise due care to avoid collision with riders
- Give an audible warning with horn to avoid collision
Although state laws regarding bicycle riders are clear, determining liability
it still no easy task. When insurance companies become involved, they
often do what they can to shift responsibility away from drivers in order
to avoid paying victims what they deserve. Having legal counsel to assist
you in the personal injury claim process can greatly reduce your risk
of being unfairly compensated or held responsible for an accident.
Bike Accident Statistics
It is well known that bicyclists run an increased risk of suffering an
injury during an accident. Similar to motorcyclists, bicyclists wear little
protection and are extremely vulnerable to injuries. In addition, operators
of motor vehicles who drive irresponsibly or fail to use safe driving
practices can easily fail to see bicycle riders.
When bicycles are involved in
auto accidents or
truck collisions, injuries have a high potential of being severe,
catastrophic, or even fatal. Statistics about bicycle accidents prove that an overwhelming
majority of the incidents result in injuries. In fact, the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that in 2009, more than
50,000 bicyclists were injured and more than 600 riders were killed in
U.S. traffic accidents.
Despite the statistics, many bicyclists involved in traffic accidents can
still be accused of being partially or entirely at fault. Determining
liability in bicycle accidents is often difficult, but a qualified and
experienced St. Louis bicycle accident lawyer from Shook & Stone can
competently assess your case, conduct thorough investigations, and preserve
any relevant evidence in order to determine the negligence involved as
well as handle any complications or disputes that may arise.
Personal Injury Representation for Bicyclists
The Nevada personal injury attorneys at Shook & Stone have
more than 85 years of combined experience and are well-versed in the legal areas involved
in personal injury claims and bicycle accidents. Having recovered
more than $500 million in verdicts and settlements, our legal team is prepared to handle your
case and fight on your behalf.
If you were injured while riding a bicycle, we urge you to bring your situation
to the attention of our firm as soon as possible. To set up a free case
evaluation or to speak with a Las Vegas bicycle accident attorney,
contact Shook & Stone.