Bicycling Vegas: The Potential for Personal Injury
Las Vegas is a great city for recreational sports, especially cycling, and as the weather begins to clear up and the days become warmer, the number of cyclists outside preparing for centuries and double-centuries will surely increase as well. The mild climate may even attract many causal riders out enjoying the weather. Las Vegas has become a cyclist friendly city hundreds of bike-lanes around the city which means more bicycles sharing the road with automobiles.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published the most recent statistics for cyclist-related injuries and fatalities. The report shows that over 840 fatalities were cyclist related and thousands more were hit and/or injured. Unfortunately, due to the low visibility and vulnerability, cycling related injuries are far too common and not always avoidable. Even a collision at a low speed could cause the rider severe injuries.
Common causes for cycling related injuries include:
- Drivers and passengers opening doors without looking for cyclists
- Vehicles driving too closely to cyclists and side swiping them
- Rear ending cyclists due to not paying attention or following too closely
- Drivers crossing in front of cyclists when turning in either direction
- Weather related accidents and skidding/sliding
- Drunk driving
- Failure to follow traffic signals and stop signs
Seeking Legal Representation
If you or a loved one has been injured while cycling it is important to seek legal representation for your case. Seeking the right personal injury attorney is the best way to ensure that you are compensated for any medical costs or lost wages that you may suffer due to your cycling related injuries.
While not every accident can be avoided with 100% certainty, you can do your part as a cyclist to limit the amount of risk on your end. Follow these safety tips and laws to ensure that you are are always playing it safe:
- Wear the right equipment! Wearing a helmet can make a difference if you ever fall from your bicycle.
- Follow traffic signals such as stop signs, cross walks, and traffic lights.
- Always signal your turns (left and right!) to drivers to avoid a collision caused by confusion!
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