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!
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:
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.
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.
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.