Bicycle Accident Causes & Next Steps

At Eric Blank Injury Attorneys, we recognize the dangers that bicyclists face on the road, especially from negligent motorists, which is why we are dedicated to protecting their rights in the event of a bike accident. If you have sustained considerable losses in a bicycle-car collision, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other damages. Consult with one of our dedicated legal team members to determine whether you have a valid claim against the driver who hit you.

Riding a bicycle is not only a fun recreational activity, but also a healthy and environmentally friendly mode of transportation. More and more people are choosing to bike to and from work, school, and other locations because it saves money, is a form of exercise, and doesn’t add to pollution. Many cities are responding to this increase in biking by creating bike lanes and making their roads more bike-friendly overall. This, unfortunately, has not significantly decreased the number of accidents between bicyclists and motorists, however.

What Are The Common Causes Of Bicycle Accidents?

Some of the common ways in which Nevada bicycle accidents occur include the following:

  • Distracted or impaired driving;
  • Opening the door of a parked car without first checking (called “dooring”);
  • Defective bicycle products or parts;
  • Dangerous road conditions;
  • Failure of motorists to yield right of way; and
  • Driver Negligence and Recklessness.

Contrary to popular belief, bicyclists are not at fault for the majority of bicycle accidents. It is far more common that drivers of regular motor vehicles are usually responsible for bicycle-car collisions. Driver negligence and reckless behaviors such as speeding, running a stop sign, drifting into a bike lane, and conscious disregard for the safety of others can cause serious injuries. Make sure that your rights as a cyclist are protected.

How Long Do I Have To File A Claim?

In Nevada, as well as most other states, a bicycle is legally considered a vehicle and, therefore, bicyclists are afforded the same rights and responsibilities as other motorists. They have an equal right to be on the road in addition to being required to obey the same traffic laws. Most bicycle accidents fall under personal injury claims, and the statute of limitations for all personal injury claims in Nevada is two (2) years.

Choosing A Bike Accident Attorney

Choosing the right Nevada bicycle accident attorney can make the difference between struggling with everyday life and having the financial security you need to make a full recovery while supporting your family. Suffering a biking injury at someone else’s hands can be overwhelming. When a crash is caused by the negligence of another, whether a bike manufacturer; motorist; or city, county, or state agency responsible for maintaining the road; many factors come into play and recovery becomes much more complicated. Insurance companies are rarely cooperative and try to avoid paying on legitimate claims, which can not only make getting the proper medical care difficult, but can also make the ability to support yourself and your family through day-to-day life challenging.

At Eric Blank Injury Attorneys, our experienced bicycle accident attorneys are dedicated to obtaining full and fair compensation for bike accident victims and their families. If you have been injured in a bike accident, contact us today to learn more about your legal rights and options.

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