Since Las Vegas is relatively warm all year round, thousands of bicyclists occupy the streets, whether commuting to work or getting a workout. Motor vehicles are obligated to adhere to the rules of the road and practice safe driving techniques. Unfortunately, bicycle accidents involving automobiles are often devastating, resulting in serious injuries and deaths.
At Maddox, Isaacson & Cisneros, LLP, we are ready to help you recover your entitled compensation. With more than nine decades of combined experience, our Las Vegas personal injury lawyers can guide you through the intricacies of the Nevada legal system, investigate your accident, gather evidence, and negotiate with insurance adjusters while you make the best possible recovery from injury.
Bicycle Laws in Nevada
Each year, over 135 children die from injuries from accidents while bicycling, and around 267,000 cyclists check into emergency rooms for severe injuries. In addition, many bicycle accidents go unreported over the course of a year when the biker is not injured to a specific level of severity, meaning that bicycle accidents are more prevalent than what we take into account.
- The following are Nevada statutes regarding bicycle law:
- Cyclists must have a light on their bike to emit visible, white light from a distance of 500 feet at least.
- Cyclists are not allowed to carry a package or bundle which impairs their ability to operate the handlebars.
- Cyclists must comply with all rules of the road and are required to ride on the road when provided a proper path to bike.
- Cyclists must not intentionally interfere with the movement of a motor vehicle.
Bicycle Safety Tips
Although bicycle accidents can happen anywhere and at any time, it is always important that you take extra precaution to help minimize a crash and reduce the risk of injuries. Below are some useful bicycle safety tips to help you and your family ride safer.
Safety tips for cyclists:
- Wear a helmet that fits: Protect yourself from brain and head injuries by wearing a properly fitted helmet
- Ride with traffic: Ride in the same direction as the flow of traffic and always ride on the right side.
- Wear bright colors: Make sure that drivers can see you by wearing bright colored clothing or something that reflects light.
- No distractions: Avoid listening to music or having headphones on because you need to be able to pay attention to your surroundings.
- Use lights if riding at night: Add reflectors to the front and back of your bicycle so that other drivers are able to see you at night.
- Check your bike equipment: Make sure that your tires are inflated properly, that your brakes work, and that your bicycle is safe to ride.
Call (702) 366-1900 to Discuss Your Legal Options
In many cases, the motorist will often put the blame on the bicyclist. However, with the experienced help of our Las Vegas bicycle accident attorneys, we are prepared to fight tirelessly for you while you make a successful recovery from injury.
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