Las Vegas Bicycle Accident Attorneys
With great mountain scenery, well-kept roads, and a (usually) mild climate, the greater Las Vegas area can be a great place to go for a bicycle ride. Just outside of Las Vegas, places such as Red Rock Canyon provide a beautiful yet challenging place where even the more advanced cyclists can test themselves. However, bicycles are relatively uncommon on Las Vegas roadways. Unfortunately, and perhaps because they are relatively uncommon, many motorists do not actively watch for people on bicycles; this leads to a significant number of Las Vegas cycling accidents each year where someone in a car or other vehicle crashes into someone on a bicycle.
When a car does hit a bicycle, it is often a frightening experience for everyone involved. The vehicle typically impacts the person directly. The cyclist is almost always injured, and often sustains severe injuries, including facial trauma, spinal injuries, broken bones, and road rash, to name a few. Even if they are wearing a helmet, cyclists who have been hit by a car frequently sustain head injuries. If you were recently involved in a bike accident in the Las Vegas area, SJW Injury Attorneys is here to answer all of your injury-related questions.
As soon as you have checked on those involved, contact emergency services. Even if the accident seemed relatively minor, it can be difficult to assess the actual extent of everyone’s injuries, and calling emergency services as soon as possible could be critical to the recovery of those involved. Even if the parties involved say they are not injured, the adrenaline and confusion following such a wreck can make it difficult for them to know if they are hurt. This is especially true for the cyclist. Often, people who have recently been involved in a bicycle crash will state they are fine, even when severely injured. Try to determine if there are obvious signs of a serious injury and relay what you see to emergency services. Furthermore, if you can visually see the person is severely injured, encourage them to stay where they are while emergency services respond to the scene of the bicycle accident.
Our Car Accident page can provide you with additional information on obtaining proper medical treatment and can answer other related questions you may have, such as how medical services related to a wreck are paid for.
These days, many people get their news and updates on friends and family from social media. While it is nearly impossible to stay away from social media platforms all together, it is very important that you do not post or discuss anything related to the accident online. If possible, ask the people you connect with online to refrain from doing so as well. Even if your page is set to private, online comments and pictures can be easily found by an investigator working for the car driver’s insurance company or their lawyer.
Even if the post would seem to only further show the severity of the crash and resulting injuries, the insurance company and/or their lawyers can take it out of context and spin it to try and discredit you or the other people involved.
If you were involved in a bike crash and have questions about the next steps, contact SJW today. One of our injury lawyers will guide you and get you started on your road to recovery.
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Bicycle Safety Laws In Nevada
Nevada has specific laws regarding the operation of bicycles on Nevada roadways. Some examples of the things required of Nevada cyclists by these laws include:
- Nevada cyclists are required to follow most of the traffic laws applicable to the driver of a vehicle,
- Cyclists are required to keep at least one hand on the handlebars at all times,
- Cyclists must stay to the right side of the road when it is safe to do so,
- Cyclists must travel with the flow of traffic (in the same direction as traffic),
- Cyclists must have lights and reflectors to ride at night,
- Cyclists must allow vehicles to pass in certain situations,
- Cyclists must use hand signals when turning, and
- It is illegal to operate a bicycle in Nevada while intoxicated.
As with pedestrians, motor vehicle drivers must always yield the right-of-way to cyclists. However, they often fail to do so, which is the major cause of crashes involving bicycles and motor vehicles in Nevada.