Frequent cyclists know all too well the risks involved in sharing the road with drivers who don’t acknowledge their existence. Bike accidents are a common occurrence in Nevada, one that is frequently under-reported.
If you’ve been hurt in a bike accident, you owe it to both yourself and other cyclists to fully explore your legal options. Filing a lawsuit against someone who has hurt you on the road is important not only for getting compensated for your injuries, but also for bringing visibility to the risks cyclists face every day. By doing so, hopefully you’ll inspire drivers to share the road in a more courteous manner.
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Know the Law
According to state law, drivers must give bicyclists a minimum of three feet of space when passing or a full lane on a multi-lane road. Bicyclists are not required to ride on the shoulder. On the road, they are entitled to the same rights — and have the same responsibilities — as any other driver.
Despite this, many drivers routinely risk the lives of safe cyclists by driving in designated bike lanes, failing to yield the right of way or overtaking a cyclist in an unsafe manner. There’s also the ever-present risk of getting “doored” by someone exiting a parked car without looking.
Bicycle Accident Stats
In 2010, 583 cyclist-vehicle collisions were reported. 527 of these collisions involved injury to the cyclist. This high number may be due to only serious accidents being reported as well as the fact that bikes aren’t equipped with the same safety features as passenger vehicles.
Injuries resulting from a bicycle accident can include broken bones and fractures, neck and spine injuries, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other serious conditions. Recovery times can be long and, occasionally, permanent damage or paralysis can result. If you or someone you care about is facing a difficult journey back to health following a bike accident, you have a legal right to seek compensation from the guilty party.
How a Bike Accident Lawyer Can Help
Dallas Horton & Associates is a personal injury law firm serving accident victims in Las Vegas and beyond. We provide informed counsel and expert representation in all injury cases — bicycle accidents are no exception.
Our lawyers can represent you at the negotiating table, where they’ll argue for a better settlement from the relevant insurance company. If necessary, we can also argue your case before a judge, where we’ll build a strong case based around medical and other evidence. Depending on the extent of your injuries, a settlement can include compensation for medical bills, pain & suffering, lost wages or working capacity, and more.
The bicycle accident lawyers at Dallas Horton & Associates have more than 70 years of combined experience. We invite anyone interested in pursuing legal action to visit our office for a free consultation today. We will go over your case in detail and provide you with a clear picture of all options available to you.
To better serve a wide range of clients, we have multiple Spanish speakers on staff who can provide bilingual service to anyone requiring it. Call and schedule your appointment with a bike accident attorney today.
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