Las Vegas Bicycle Accident Attorneys
If you’ve been injured or a loved one has been killed in a bicycle accident, call The Bourassa Law Group at (702) 851-2180 immediately. The effects of Las Vegas bicycle accidents can be devastating and put your life on hold. It can prevent you from being able to work, reduce your quality of life and cause you to rack up hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills.
Serious injuries can occur when you’re the victim of a bicycle accident and recovery can take months or even years. We understand how overwhelming this can be and that’s why we will make sure to fight aggressively get you the compensation you deserve.
We have the experience, the passion, and the knowledge to negotiate fair settlements with insurance companies, and if they are unwilling to pay, we will take your case to court for a jury to render a compensation verdict.
You shouldn’t have to go through this difficult time alone. We will be with you every step of the way and handle the complicated legal process so you can focus on healing and moving forward with your life.
The Nevada Department of Transportation found that the most common cause of bicycle accidents is cyclist error. However, when you’re the victim of Las Vegas bicycle accidents caused by someone else, you are entitled to compensation for damages.
Damages can be economic and non-economic losses you suffer because of the bicycle accident. We thoroughly investigate all the details of your bicycle accident, so that all of these damages are documented and included in our request for compensation.
When you retain the legal services of The Bourassa Law Group, you will receive high-quality service from a dedicated team who will aggressively work your case to get positive results. We care about our clients and will treat you like family.
When you’re hurt, you can trust that The Bourassa Law Group knows how to uncover negligent behavior and get the compensation you deserve. Call us now at (702) 851-2180 for a free consultant about your bicycle accident case.
How Common Are Bicycle Accidents?
Around 70% of bicycle accidents occur in urban areas. Las Vegas is the third most dangerous city in the country for bicyclists. Heavy traffic accounts for one of many reasons why this city is so hazardous for bicyclists.
In recent years, while the frequency of bicycle accidents has decreased, the fatality rate of bicycle accidents has increased. When bike riders share the road with motor vehicles, the outcome could be deadly because bicycles provide little to no protection in a collision with bigger and heavier vehicles.
While protective gear offers some protection from normal falls or spills from bicycles, they do little good in protecting bicyclists when they are involved in accidents with cars, SUVs, buses, and commercial trucks.
In the United States, there were 857 bicyclist fatalities in 2018, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In a place like Las Vegas where the weather is typically favorable for being outdoors, more and more people are riding their bikes to work, for exercise, or just for enjoyment. This increased bicycle traffic in a densely populated city means that the chances for a bicyclist being in an accident rise significantly.
Nevada and Las Vegas have laws and regulations aimed to prevent bicycle accidents, but motorists don’t always pay attention to or follow them. Even if you take all the necessary precautions to protect yourself while you’re on your bicycle, it doesn’t change the fact that other people sharing the road with you may be distracted, may ignore traffic laws, or may not be aware of you, all of which can lead to a devastating bicycle accident.
Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Las Vegas is a city with a large population and good weather most of the year. Nevada itself is well-known as a bicyclists’ state (three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond began bicycling during his teenage years in Reno), so it is no surprise that many of those bicyclists are in Las Vegas.
However, as the number of bicyclists goes up, so do the risks of being involved in bicycle accidents. Even the safest bicyclist can be involved in an accident because of the negligence of another driver. Statistics show that the number one cause of injury to a bicyclist is being hit by a motor vehicle. This is a far more common cause of bicycle accidents than bicyclist errors.
Other causes of bicycle accidents can include:
- A motorist opening their door in the path of an oncoming bicyclist
- A motorist side swiping a bicyclist because they don’t allow enough room between them and the bicyclist when they are passing the bicyclist
- A motorist rear-ending a bicyclist because they’re following too closely and not paying attention
Some drivers may think that bicyclists are a nuisance and, therefore, they tend not to pay too much – and certainly not adequate – attention to them. In defiance of both state laws and city ordinances which give bicyclists the right of way in certain areas or conditions, some drivers think they always have the right of way over cyclists. However, this is not the case.
The lack of knowledge that drivers may have can lead to serious consequences for anyone riding a bicycle. At the least, the bicyclist can sustain critical and debilitating injuries. At the worst, the bicyclist can be instantly killed or can die within a short period of time from the injuries they sustain in the accident.
The Steps You Should Take After Your Bicycle Accident
Knowing the right steps to take after being in Las Vegas bicycle accidents is imperative. When you hire The Bourassa Law Group, we will start to work on your case immediately.
But there are some important steps you need to take as well. When you’re injured, you should seek medical treatment as soon as possible. The more time that passes, the least likely an insurance company will be willing to pay compensation. They will use your lack of treatment or gaps in treatment to justify the denial of your claim.
Seeking treatment at the hospital or an urgent care facility after your accident is a vital first step on your road to recovery. Provide as much information as possible regarding your injuries so the doctor can determine the best course of treatment for you.
Aside from your initial medical treatment, you should also follow all directions from your doctor. If they tell you to see them multiple times a week, to take certain medications, or to consult with a specialist, you should take their advice. Make sure to attend all of your appointments and if you absolutely have to cancel, reschedule for as soon as possible. Seeking medical treatment will provide a key piece of evidence for your claim. We will be able to obtain your medical records and medical bills from your providers to show the insurance company the extent of your injuries.
Insurance companies never want to pay the maximum compensation you are entitled to. They will do everything in their power to deny your claim. The more evidence we can provide to show the extent and severity of your injuries, the better. You should continue to seek medical treatment until your doctor releases you from their care.
How We Seek Compensation for Your Bicycle Accident Injuries
We begin by filing a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company and gather all the necessary evidence to prove someone else was responsible for causing the accident. Some of the important evidence we’ll collect includes:
- Photos of your injuries
- Video surveillance of the accident
- Witness statements
- Medical records and bills
- Traffic and police reports
- Documentation of lost wages
If a motor vehicle causes your injuries, we’ll make the claim against their auto insurance. In the state of Nevada, all motorists are required to carry auto insurance with minimum liability limits to cover damages for an accident. Depending on the policy the motorist has, we can claim damages for the following:
- Hospital or urgent care
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Home health care
- Prescription medications
- Lost wages
- Medical devices
Whether your bicycle accident injuries are severe or minor, we will work hard to ensure you receive the maximum compensation available. Your injuries can affect you for the rest of your life and cause you mental and emotional anguish.
We will ensure that the settlement we negotiate with the insurance company is the maximum compensation you are owed. If the insurance company refuses to pay a fair settlement, we will take your bicycle accident to court where a jury will render a verdict for how much compensation you should receive.
Hire A Dedicated Las Vegas Bicycle Accidents Attorney from The Bourassa Law Group
We don’t want to burden you with additional expenses on top of all your medical bills and other economic hardships. That’s why The Bourassa Law Group offers free consultations so you can ask any questions you have at absolutely no cost to you.
When you meet with us, we will discuss your bicycle accident and determine if we believe you have a solid case. Our attorneys are highly skilled and knowledgeable in negotiating with insurance companies and filing lawsuits.
The Bourassa Law Group provides superior customer service that ensures you are updated throughout the progression of your bicycle accident case. We’ll explain everything we are doing and we will make ourselves available when you need us. You can depend on The Bourassa Law Group to diligently work on your case so we can get you on the road to recovery as quickly as possible. Contact us today at (702) 851-2180 for your free and confidential consultation.
Frequently asked questions
The legal definition of a personal injury is when someone’s failure to use reasonable care in a particular situation results in another person’s physical, emotional, or psychological injury. Personal injury cases often rely on the elements of negligence to prove the responsible party’s actions were the cause of the other party’s injuries.
The length of a personal injury case depends on the type of case and various factors, such as the severity of the injury sustained and the duration of necessary treatment. A car accident case might take six months to resolve, while a wrongful death lawsuit could take two years. It all depends on the circumstances surrounding the case.
No. Whether you got hurt in a car accident or on someone else’s property, you should never speak with their liability insurance company about the claim. They try to save money whenever possible and could attempt to trick you into accepting a low settlement amount or intimidate you into dropping the case. Your Denver personal injury lawyer will handle all communication on your behalf.
It depends. A vast majority of personal injury cases settle out of court. When we file a claim with the insurance company, we’ll submit evidence that proves you deserve compensation for your injuries. Sometimes the insurer is willing to settle. Other times, they deny the claim or provide a settlement much lower than you deserve. Under those circumstances, we will file a lawsuit and take the case to court.
Mediation is a step during a lawsuit where both sides meet to try to reach an agreement. The mediator listens to the arguments on both the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s sides and attempts to resolve the issue. If they can reach an agreement, they will settle out of court, and the case will get dismissed. If they can’t resolve the matter, the case will proceed to trial.