What You Need to Know If Hit by a Vehicle When Riding a Bicycle in Vegas

Must-Read FAQs for Las Vegas Bicycle Accidents

Bicycle accidents involving motor vehicles are serious business, often resulting in devastating and catastrophic injuries, many times with severe head trauma for victims. We hope you are never a victim of a Vegas bicycle accident.

In 2010, according to the Nevada DOT, there were well over 500 bicycle accidents statewide. Most of them were injury accidents involving motor vehicles where the driver of the motor vehicle was at fault. And when an unprotected bicyclist is hit by a car weighing several tons, the injuries the victim suffers can be extensive, often requiring ongoing medical treatment and causing loss of income for long periods. So if you’ve been in a Vegas bicycle accident, you need a personal injury attorney who understands bicycle accidents to help you get the compensation you deserve and often desperately need.

How Are Vegas Bicycle Accidents Statistically Different?

Las Vegas presents a unique statistical situation when it comes to bicycle accidents. In 2015, Las Vegas ranked third on the list of the most dangerous cities for cyclists, with 6.4 deaths per million inhabitants (Forbes). But two similar sized cities, Boston and Oklahoma City, recorded zero bicycle accident deaths in that same year (Forbes).

This difference can be attributed to two interrelated factors. Boston is a city with many cyclists and is set up to accommodate them, and drivers are aware of cyclists and their needs. Oklahoma City, on the other hand, is simply a city of cars with few cyclists. But in Vegas you find the two combined.

While Vegas is making great strides toward safely accommodating bicycle riders, it is always full of out of towners. And many of these tourists and conventioneers come from cities and towns where there a very few cyclists, and, as a result, they don’t really know how to share the road with bicycles. All of this makes for a unique situation in Las Vegas.

What Are the Most Common Types of Bicycle Accidents?

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The three most common types of bicycle accidents are:

Right hook – Perhaps the most common, the right hook occurs when a driver passes a cyclist on the left (usually too close) and then makes an abrupt right turn (usually without signaling). The driver, of course, sees the cyclist before and while passing, but not afterward.

Left hook – Another common accident, the left hook occurs when a driver makes a left turn without yielding to traffic, which includes bicycle riders. In most of these cases, divers claim they never saw the cyclist.

T-bone – This type of accident is often the most severe in terms of injury to the cyclist because speeds and force impact are greater. It happens when a cyclist moves out into an intersection and is hit broadside by a cross-moving vehicle, usually as a result of one failing to yield.

Two common elements can usually be found in most types of bicycle accidents. The first is that the driver of the car or other motor vehicle couldn’t or didn’t see the cyclist. (Even a small air freshener dangling from the rear-view mirror can prevent a driver from seeing a cyclist in the road.) The second element is that the injuries are usually severe.

How Does Nevada Law Make Bicycle Accident Claims Tricky?

In Nevada, bicycles have a right to the road, but there are also certain legal requirements for riders. First is that cyclists are required to wear a helmet. In addition, they are required to:

  • Have a light on the front of the bicycle
  • Comply with all standard rules of the road
  • Carry no bundles or packages that interfere with ability to operate handle bar
  • Not intentionally interfere with the movement of a motor vehicle

If you fail to comply with these requirements and are in a bicycle accident, you will likely have to assume some of the fault. And that’s where Vegas bicycle accident cases tend to get sticky – because Nevada has in place a “comparative negligence law.” This means the amount of compensation you can receive will be affected by the amount of negligence or fault on your part.

Ultimately, only a qualified and experienced bicycle accident attorney can help you navigate through all these legal intricacies and help ensure that you don’t come out on the short end of the stick.

How Do You Choose the Right Las Vegas Bicycle Accident Attorney?

First, keep in mind that the process of bringing a lawsuit can be lengthy and expensive. So it’s best to have a qualified Vegas bicycle accident attorney with a demonstrated track record of achieving personal injury settlement agreements before cases go to court.

For Las Vegas bicycle accident claims, you also need a law firm with attorneys who know how insurance companies think and work. For those big companies will use almost any underhanded tactic to keep you from getting the compensation you need and deserve. Formerly, Ramzy Ladah worked for these insurance companies that pay out (or, rather, that work hard at not paying out) on bicycle accident claims.

The attorneys at Ladah Law thoroughly understand the strategies and motivations of the insurance companies and what it takes to beat them. So if you’ve been hit by a car in a Vegas bicycle accident and want a fair settlement, contact Ladah Law Firm by filling out a form on their website, going into their office or calling them at 702-252-0055.