Bicyclist Injured in Las Vegas Hit-and-Run Accident
A bicyclist was injured in a drunk driving accident after being struck by a hit-and-run driver. According to a KTNV news report, the injury collision occurred on State Route 159 near Calico Basin. The woman driving a white pickup truck struck the bicyclist and then drove way. Police say she parked the car at a nearby horse corral and fled on foot. Officials eventually arrested her for driving under the influence and hit-and-run. The bicyclist was transported to an area hospital with head and ankle injuries.
Both driving under the influence and leaving the scene of a car accident are illegal under Nevada law. The law states that it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher. Motorists are also required under the law to stop immediately after an accident and remain at the scene until authorities arrive. They are also required to exchange information with the other parties involved in the collision and try to help the injured victim.
In such cases, injured hit-and-run victims can file a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver. Victims may be able seek and obtain compensation for damages such as medical expenses, loss of earnings, past and future pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
Safety When Riding A Bicycle In Traffic
Riding a bicycle can be a fun and healthy way to get around, but it can also be dangerous, particularly when riding in traffic. Cyclists are more vulnerable than motorists and are at greater risk of injury or death in the event of an accident. Therefore, it is important to take steps to ensure your safety when riding a bicycle in traffic.
The first and most important step to staying safe on a bicycle is to wear a helmet. A properly fitted helmet can protect your head in the event of an accident, and can significantly reduce the risk of serious injury or death. It is also important to choose a helmet that is designed for cycling and meets safety standards.
Before You Go Riding
Before heading out on your bicycle, it is important to ensure that your bike is in good condition. Check the brakes, tires, and chain to make sure they are in good working order, and make any necessary repairs before heading out. Additionally, it is important to wear bright, reflective clothing, especially when riding at night or in low light conditions, to make yourself visible to drivers.
When riding a bicycle in traffic, it is important to be aware of your surroundings at all times. This means keeping an eye out for cars, pedestrians, and other cyclists, and staying alert to potential hazards such as potholes or debris on the road. It is also important to follow traffic laws and signals, including stopping at red lights and stop signs and signaling your turns.
One of the most important things to remember when riding a bicycle in traffic is to be predictable. This means riding in a straight line, using hand signals to indicate your turns, and staying in a predictable position on the road. Avoid sudden movements or swerving in and out of traffic, as this can be dangerous for both you and other drivers.
When riding a bicycle in traffic, it is also important to be assertive. This means taking control of your lane and asserting your right to be on the road. While it may be tempting to ride close to the curb, this can actually be more dangerous, as it can put you in the path of hazards such as parked cars or debris on the road. Instead, ride in the center of your lane and make yourself visible to other drivers.
Another important safety tip when riding a bicycle in traffic is to anticipate the actions of other drivers. This means keeping an eye out for turning vehicles or drivers who may be distracted or not paying attention. If you see a potentially dangerous situation, slow down or stop and wait until it is safe to proceed.
Finally, it is important to be prepared for emergencies when riding a bicycle in traffic. This means carrying a cell phone and a basic tool kit, including a spare tube, tire levers, and a pump. It is also a good idea to carry identification and emergency contact information in case of an accident.
The experienced Las Vegas bicycle accident lawyers at Shook & Stone, Chtd. have a successful track record of helping bicycle accident victims obtain just compensation for their losses. We also have experience helping those injured as a result of hit-and-run drivers or uninsured or underinsured drivers. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Las Vegas bicycle accident, please contact us at 702-570-0000 for a no-cost case evaluation.