At Eric Blank Injury Attorneys, our experienced Nevada personal injury Attorneys recognize the dangers 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. Our number is (702) 213-9343. We offer free, comprehensive consultations.
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.
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 the statute of limitations for all personal injury claims in Nevada is two (2) years.
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; in all actuality, 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.
Who Is Liable For My Bike Accident?
In most cases, liability for a bicycle accident falls on other motorists who do not know how to share the road with bicyclists. A driver who violates traffic laws or is otherwise negligent or reckless puts everyone else on the road in danger and increases the risk of a serious injury accident. Should a negligent driver cause an injury bike crash, they may be held liable for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses suffered by the victim.
It is also possible for liability to fall onto the city, county, or state in the case of hazardous roadways. If a road has potholes, dangerous blind turns, severely narrow lanes, or even debris, the road poses a crash hazard. If the agency or department in charge of maintaining a roadway is negligent in its duties, then that agency may be held liable for the losses a bike accident victim may suffer.
Finally, if the accident was caused by a defective bike, or bike part, then the manufacturer may be held liable for their negligence.
Child Bicycle Accident Liability
In general, children are assumed to not have the same level of judgement as adults in the eyes of the law. Therefore there is a higher burden placed on adults to navigate with more care and caution. Motorists have a duty to drive with caution around schools, parks, and when children are present. Failure to do so can increase the likelihood of an accident involving a child and liability may fall on the driver.
What Compensation Might You Be Entitled To?
If you have been the victim of a bicycle accident, whether it be a collision with another vehicle or the result of a product malfunction, you may be entitled to receive the following compensation:
- Compensation for medical bills and treatment
- Compensation for lost wages and lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Property damages
In some cases there may even be grounds to receive compensation for “punitive damages.” where your injuries are the result of another’s malice of conscious disregard for your safety and the safety of others.
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. This was not simply being clumsy and falling off your bike. 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.
Providing Reliable Legal Guidance
At Eric Blank Injury Attorneys, our experienced Nevada bicycle accident Attorneys are dedicated to obtaining just 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 at (702) 222-2115.
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