Injured in a bicycle accident in Clark County? What are the laws?
If you've been injured in a bicycling accident, Nevada law may entitle you to compensation for your injuries, damage to property, lost wages, and medical bills.
It is important to speak with an attorney before dealing with the driver's insurance company. The statements you make to an insurance company can come back to haunt you when seeking compensation from the insurance company.
Our caring Nevada personal injury lawyers know what to say to insurers to get the best settlement for your Nevada bike accident case. Whether you've suffered broken bones, lacerations or more serious injuries from your Nevada bike accident, our lawyers will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
United States & Nevada Bicycle Accident Statistics
Few types of traffic accidents have the potential for traumatic injury and loss of life as a collision between a bicyclist and a motor vehicle. And unfortunately for cyclists, in a collision between a bike and a car, the cyclist usually suffers the most serious injuries.
Though bicycles account for a small portion of total traffic in the United States, collisions between cars and bikes are all too common. Many drivers are distracted or unaware of the presence of cyclists on roadways, creating hazardous riding conditions for cyclists. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 48,000 cyclists in the United States were injured in collisions with motor vehicles in 2011. Tragically, 677 cyclists were killed in accidents involving motor vehicles during the same period.
In Nevada alone, there were 246 traffic fatalities in 2011. Of those 246 deaths, four were cyclists. Though cars are required to share the road with bicycles, the unfortunate reality for cyclists and anyone who relies on a bike for transportation is that many drivers are either unaware of, or hostile to, the presence of bicycles.
What should I do if I've been involved in a bicycle accident in Nevada?
If you've been involved in a collision with a car you may not at first be aware of your injuries. Even if you feel fine right after the accident, injuries can become apparent after some time has passed and the adrenaline and stress caused by the accident have dissipated.
It is important that you contact an attorney immediately after your accident. Do not attempt to deal with the driver's insurance company on your own. The insurance company will likely attempt to settle your case for far less than you deserve.
An attorney can help ensure that you get compensation for ALL your injuries -- including property damage, lost income and medical bills.
Will I be compensated for my injuries?
Whether you receive compensation for your accident depends on a variety of factors unique to your individual case. To discuss the specifics of your case, contact the Nevada personal injury attorneys at 702-DEFENSE to schedule a free consultation.
Some types of compensation victims of accidents may be entitled to include:
- Compensation for pain and suffering.
- Compensation for damage or destroyed property.
- Compensation for lost wages stemming from the victim's inability to work after an accident.
- Compensation for wrongful death.
Why should I hire an attorney?
Even if it appears to you that the driver was clearly at fault, the driver's insurance company and the company's attorneys will attempt to show that you were partially (or completely) at fault for the accident in order to avoid compensating you fairly. Or they will delay settling in the hopes that your bills will mount up and you will settle for less than the case is worth.
The effects of a bicycling accident can have lasting ramifications on a cyclist's livelihood, physical health, and financial well-being. Receiving compensation for your injuries is too important to attempt alone.
Pedestrians injured by a bike may wish to read our article on pedestrian knockdowns in Nevada.
Injured in a Nevada bike accident? Call us for help...
To schedule your free consultation with one of our caring Nevada personal injury attorneys, fill out the form below, or call us at 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673). For cases in California, see our article on California law re bicycle accident lawsuits.
One of our compassionate Las Vegas or Reno accident lawyers will get back to you promptly to discuss your case and the way to receive the most compensation for your Nevada biking injuries. Also see our article on Go-Kart injuries in Nevada.