Hurt in a Bike Accident in Nevada? Contact Our Experienced Bicycle Accident Attorney Today for a Free Consultation

Driving a car next to a large 3-trailer truck can be a very scary experience but not necessarily more frightening than riding a bicycle in everyday traffic. But you don’t ride your bicycle to get scared out of your wits; you ride for enjoyment, for the gas mileage, for exercise, and for cleaner air. Sadly, accidents happen. Cyclists are inherently vulnerable and bike safety remains a serious area of concern in Nevada.

At Ladah Law Firm, PLLC, we understand your predicament. As experienced Las Vegas bicycle accident lawyers, we know the dynamics of bicycle accidents and the devastating injuries that can and do occur. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident due to the negligence of car, truck, or motorcycle, you need to know your rights and responsibilities now. Hurt in an accident? Contact our Las Vegas law office today for a free consultation with a top-tier Nevada bike accident lawyer.

What Bicycle Accident Victims Need To Do

a woman at a bicycle accident scene and can cause bicycle accident fatalities

Just as in a car accident, you need to gather as much information about the driver of the car, the accident, and any reports filed by the police. Unfortunately, you may be banged up and unable to take care of those matters. That is where an experienced bicycle accident attorney with Ladah Law on your side can help you retain your rights and receive the compensation you need to recover. We take care of the details you didn’t even know were important.

Similar to a car accident, we will seek for compensation for your injuries and other losses from the driver’s car insurance. We make sure you are covered for your medical bills, lost income, rehabilitation, and even pain and suffering.

After a collision with a motor vehicle, you need to call the police report away to report the incident. The driver has a duty to do so as well. If you were hurt in the crash, get yourself to a doctor right away. All bike accident injuries and other serious injuries should be evaluated. Then you should call our Las Vegas bicycle accident lawyer at our law firm.

Most Common Bicycle Accident Injuries

motor vehicle drivers can cause fatal bike accidents or severe injuries

For a cyclist, riding around traffic can be stressful—and with good reason. Cyclists are inherently exposed. Unfortunately, bike accidents remain a serious safety issue. The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that approximately 1,250 cyclists are killed in motor vehicle collisions nationwide each year. There are many thousands for cyclists who suffer terrible, even life-changing trauma. Our law firm handles the full spectrum of bike accident injury claims in Nevada. No matter how severe they are, we can help victims get justice. Some of the most common bike injuries include: 

  • Cuts/lacerations; 
  • Sprains/strains; 
  • Whiplash and other soft tissue injuries; 
  • Joint injuries, including torn ligament; 
  • Fractured and broken bones; 
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs); 
  • Internal bleeding and internal organ damage; 
  • Spinal cord trauma; and
  • Loss of limb (amputation). 

Know Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Cyclist in Nevada

Close-up of a bicycling helmet fallen down on the ground after accidental collision between bicycle and a 4x4 car

Navigating the roads of Nevada as a cyclist involves understanding both your rights and responsibilities. Doing so can ensure not only compliance with state and local law, it can also help you protect your safety. Here are key points to now about bicycle laws in Nevada: 

  • Cyclists Have a General Right to the Road: In Nevada, cyclists have the same right to use the roadways as any other vehicle. In other words, you are entitled to ride on the street. Other vehicles must respect your space. The only exception is if a specific road is marked otherwise, such as an interstate highway. Still, you should always use a marked bike lane if you are riding in an area where one is available. 
  • Cyclists Should Ride as far to the Right as Practical: Nevada law requires cyclists to ride as far to the right as is practical and sensible given the specific circumstances. The principle is designed to allow for the safe passage of motor vehicles and to maintain a clear flow of traffic. However, “as practical” allows for exceptions—such as when avoiding obstacles, making a left turn, or when the lane is too narrow for a bicycle to safely travel side by side. I
  • Cyclists Have a Responsibility to Follow Traffic Laws: It is crucial to remember that while cyclists have a right to the road, they also have responsibilities as well. Just as motorists are expected to follow all state and local traffic laws, so too are cyclists. Along with other things, key responsibilities include obeying street signs, following traffic lights, and complying with lane markings. Beyond that, cyclists should signal their intentions to turn or stop. 

While Not Required, Bicycle Helmets are Strongly Recommended

There is no state law in Nevada that requires adult cyclists to wear a helmet. Though, minors should wear a helmet when on a bike. With that being said, even without a relevant law, riders should still get a helmet. The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) strongly recommends that all cyclists wear a properly-fitted safety helmet. Indeed, state highway safety regulators estimate that bicycle helmets reduce the risk of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) by 85 percent. 

Understanding Bike Accident Liability in Nevada

a person helping a woman after she was involved in a bike accident

Nevada is a fault-based negligence state for most personal injury claims, including bicycle accidents. Every collision between a bicycle and a motor vehicle should be thoroughly investigated to determine exactly what happened. The negligent party—often a driver—can be held liable for a cyclist’s damages. With that being said, a driver is not automatically liable for a bicycle accident in Nevada. Instead, liability is based on negligence. You must prove fault. Your lawyer will proactively investigate your accident to ensure you have the evidence to establish liability. 

Notably, a bicyclist could be partially at fault for their own injuries. Nevada uses a modified comparative negligence system (NRS 41.141). Each party to a bicycle accident is liable for their proportionate share of the fault. If you are 25 percent responsible for your own bike accident due to a traffic safety violation, you would be 25 percent liable for your own damages. Being assigned partial fault could take thousands of dollars out of your settlement. A top-rated Nevada bike accident lawyer can protect you from unjustified blame.

We Help Injured Cyclists Maximize Their Compensation

A bicycle accident can cause terrible injuries. Financial compensation can help you give to the resources that you need to put the pieces back together. In Nevada, injured cyclists have a right to claim compensation for their economic and non-economic damages from the at-fault party. With that being said, insurance companies can put roadblocks in the claims process. Our Nevada bike accident lawyers fight for the maximum compensation for victims, including for: 

  • Property damage, such as a new bike; 
  • Emergency medical treatment; 
  • Hospital bills and other health care costs; 
  • Physical therapy and mental health therapy; 
  • Loss of wages and loss of future earnings;  
  • Pain and suffering & mental distress; 
  • Permanent disability or disfigurement; 
  • Loss of quality of life; and
  • Wrongful death of a family member. 

Know the Statute Of Limitations to Bring a Claim

Under Nevada law (NRS 11.190), bicycle accident injury claims are subject to a two-year statute of limitations. You must file any lawsuit for a bike accident within two years of the date of the crash. There are only very limited exceptions to the rule. If a claim is not brought in a timely manner, your case could simply be dismissed without a hearing. Do not wait to take action: Consult with a Nevada bicycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. 

Most Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents: Driver Negligence

A significant share of bicycle/vehicle collisions are caused by driver negligence. Broadly speaking, negligence is the failure to take due care. Here are some of the most common examples of driver negligence that can contribute to bicycle accidents in Nevada: 

  • Speeding: Excessive speed is a major factor in bicycle accidents. When drivers exceed the speed limit, their ability to react to a cyclist’s movements or other changes in the road environment is reduced. Faster speeds also increase the severity of injuries in accidents.
  • “Buzzing” a Rider: “Buzzing” refers to the dangerous practice of driving too close to a cyclist. This can intimidate or startle a cyclist, potentially causing them to swerve out of control or fall. It is crucial for drivers to maintain a safe distance from cyclists,
  • Traffic Violations: Ignoring traffic signs, signals, or failing to yield the right-of-way can lead to collisions with cyclists. These violations are particularly dangerous at intersections. A driver can be held liable for contributing to a collision. 
  • Distracted Driving: Distracted driving—from texting to talking on the phone—takes a motorist’s attention off the road. It seriously impairs a driver’s attention and their response times. Unfortunately, distracted drivers pose a serious risk to cyclists. 
  • Drunk Driving: Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs severely affects a driver’s judgment, reaction times, and overall control of the vehicle. Drunk driving is extremely hazardous. An intoxicated driver must be held accountable—criminally and civilly.

What About Hit-and-Run?

a bike helmet on the road in front of a damaged bicycle

Many bicyclists are hit by cars, and the cars don’t stop. Then what? In most cases, we can seek for compensation for you from your own car insurance through the clause covering uninsured motorists. This clause also covers hit-and-run. Even though you weren’t in your car, your accident usually entitles you to this coverage. Your insurance company won’t be happy about your claim and may even turn down your claim. We make sure they honor their commitment to you.

Navigating a hit-and-run bicycle accident can be exceptionally complicated. Do not take on the legal process alone. Consult with a top-tier Nevada bicycle accident injury lawyer right away after a hit-and-run.  

Bicycle Accidents: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Should I Report a Bike Accident to the Police?

Yes. You should always report a bike accident to the police if you are struck by a vehicle. In Nevada, reporting a bike accident is key. A police report provides an official record of the incident. You will want to have the police report as a form of documentation when you file an insurance claim. 

Is a Driver Liable for My Bike Accident?

Yes—or at least they can be. Nevada is a fault-based personal injury state, including for bike accidents. A driver can be liable for a bike accident if their negligence caused the accident. Some examples include speeding, reckless driving, not yielding the right of way, or other traffic violations. 

Can I Be Held Partially At Fault for My Own Bicycle Accident?

Yes. You can still bring a bicycle accident injury claim even if you are partially at fault for your own bike accident. Under Nevada’s modified comparative fault standard, you can recover compensation as long as you are at fault for no more than 50 percent of your own accident. However, your financial recovery will be reduced proportionately to your degree of blame.  

What is the Average Settlement in a Bike Accident Injury Case?

It depends. There is no true “average” settlement for bicycle accident injury claims in Nevada. The financial compensation that can be recovered is highly case-specific. A five, six, or even seven figure settlement could all be offered to resolve a bicycle accident claim. A top-tier Nevada bicycle accident lawyer will ensure that your damages are properly documented so that you can maximize your financial recovery. Remember, defendants and insurers want to try to pay outlets. 

Should I Agree to Settle My Bike Accident Injury Claim?

You should not agree to settle your bicycle accident injury claim until you are confident that the insurance company is offering full compensation. Your lawyer will ensure that the insurer is settling your case for a fair amount. 

Is it Likely that My Personal Injury Claim Will Go to Trial?

Although litigation is possible in any personal injury claim, it is somewhat unlikely that your bicycle accident case will actually go to trial in Nevada. Far more claims are resolved through settlement than a jury verdict. Still, you need a trial-tested Nevada attorney who can build a strong case. 

Why Trust Ladah Law Firm For a Bike Accident Claim in Nevada

Bicycle accident claims are challenging. After a bad collision, you need to be able to focus on your health and well-being—not on complex legal/insurance nuances. The Ladah Law Firm is here to handle all of your legal needs. We have recovered more than $300 million for injured victims. We take a proactive approach. Among other things, our Nevada bike accident lawyers are ready to: 

  • Hear you story, answer questions, and explain your personal injury options;
  • Comprehensively investigate your bike accident—gathering evidence of fault; 
  • Handle the insurance claims, including the settlement negotiations; and
  • Develop a strategy focused on helping you maximize your compensation. 

A one-size-fits-all approach is not good enough for you and your family. With a proven record of successful case results and reviews from clients we are here to put your best interests first. Our Nevada bicycle accident lawyers are committed to personalized representation. Please do not hesitate to reach out to a Nevada, Las Vegas bicycle accident attorney for help with any specific questions about your bicycle accident lawsuits. 

No Out-of-Pocket Costs For Injured Cyclists

You never have to worry about the cost of hiring a top-tier bicycle accident injury lawyer with the Ladah Law Firm when dealing with bicycle accidents or motor vehicle accidents. We advocate for any bicycle accident victim and families on a contingency fee basis. You do not pay a retainer or any hourly bills. Instead, our Nevada bike accident lawyers will only get paid when you get paid. There is no fee without financial recovery. Our Nevada bicycle accident injury attorney offers free, fully confidential, and no commitment initial legal consultations for bike accident victims who have suffered injuries seek compensation.

Contact Our Nevada Bike Injury Attorney Today

At Ladah Law Firm, our Nevada bike accidents lawyers are standing by, ready to help. If you have been hit by a car while riding your bicycle, give us a call for a free initial consultation. We can protect your rights and secure your future. Give us a phone call now or contact us online to set up a free, no obligation initial appointment. With a law office in Las Vegas, we handle bicycle accident injury claims all across Nevada.