Nevada Bicycle Accident Attorneys
There are many benefits of switching out a car for a bicycle on your daily commute. These benefits include cutting fuel costs, increasing your daily activity, and helping the environment. However, besides pedestrians, bicyclists are some of the most vulnerable travelers on the road. According to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “there were 857 bicyclists killed in traffic crashes in the United States in 2018.”
Bicyclists deserve a roadway environment where they don’t have to fear for their lives every time they get on their bicycles. All drivers have a legal obligation to practice a reasonable amount of caution on the road and travel with the safety of others in mind. This legal obligation is critical for every driver to remember, especially when considering the fact that a large number of bicyclists are children and teenagers.
If you or your child has been injured or killed in a bicycle accident because of a driver’s reckless or negligent actions, you have every right to feel confused, frightened, frustrated, and upset. Traffic accidents are difficult enough to deal with, but when you factor in a devastating injury or death, they are only that much harder to handle.
At The Bourassa Law Group, we want you to know that you don’t have to go through this devastating time alone. Our compassionate and knowledgeable team of Nevada bicycle accident attorneys will handle all the legal work that needs to be done to secure the full and fair compensation that you deserve.
We will work diligently to hold all liable parties accountable for their negligence, and we will work tirelessly to make sure you get justice after the losses you have suffered in your bicycle accident
Call The Bourassa Law Group today at (702) 851-2180 to schedule your free consultation about your bicycle accident claim.
Common Risks of Riding a Bicycle
If you ride a bicycle, your risk of sustaining severe injuries during a traffic collision is especially high for several reasons. Some of these reasons include:
- Less protection – Bicycles are useful for easily traveling short distances, but they offer little driver protection. Because bicycles have no restraint system, a bicyclist may be thrown hundreds of feet in the air when they’re involved in an accident with a standard size vehicle, even those that are traveling at relatively slow speeds.
- Low visibility – Bicycles are smaller in size, and generally useful for traveling quickly through tight, narrow spaces. However, this feature may prove to be hazardous on the road. Because of their smaller size, bicycles can easily fall into another driver’s blind spot. This means that a driver may not even be aware of a bicyclist’s presence until it is too late to do anything about it and an accident has already occurred.
- Unsafe road conditions – Because bicycles leave riders so unprotected, they are more vulnerable to the downsides of unsafe road conditions. Icy roads, slick roads, roads with defects, and hazardous, unmarked road construction areas are just a few of the potentially unsafe road conditions that a bicyclist could encounter.
- Defective or malfunctioning equipment – Most dedicated bicycle riders are committed to making sure their bikes are in proper working order. However, even with the best intentions, something unexpected can always happen. Defective or malfunctioning equipment, like worn-out brake pads or faulty reflectors, can increase a bicyclist’s risk for being involved in an accident.
Most Common Types of Bicycle Accidents
Taking your bike out for a trip can be a fun, healthy way to travel around your city or neighborhood. Unfortunately, sometimes those trips can end in a serious accident.
According to a recent study from the Society for Accident Prevention (RoSPA), almost 18.5 thousand bicycle riders “were injured in reported road accidents, including 3,499 who were killed or seriously injured.”
Unfortunately, almost 2,000 of those accidents involved children who were younger than 15 years of age. By educating yourself – as well as your children – on the most common types of bicycle accidents, you can minimize your risk of being involved in a devastating accident. Some of the most commonly reported types of accidents include:
- Right Cross – A “right cross” accident occurs when a driver unexpectedly pulls out to the right of a rider from a side street. The unsuspecting rider often crashes into the vehicle as they pass because they are unable to avoid a collision.
- Right Hook – A “right hook” accident takes place when a cyclist is riding to the right of a vehicle at an intersection. The vehicle’s driver does not see the cyclist, proceeds to turn right, and collides with the forward-moving cyclist.
- Dooring Accidents – A “dooring” accident happens when the occupant of a parked vehicle unexpectedly opens their door into the path of oncoming traffic. As the unsuspecting bicyclist moves forward, they can collide with the open door before there is any time to react.
- Rear-End Collisions – Rear-end collisions most commonly occur when a driver is following too close behind a cyclist, and cannot stop in time to avoid a collision. Even at a relatively slow speed, a rear-end collision with a standard size vehicle carries the potential to launch a bicyclist hundreds of feet in the air, resulting in severe injuries or death.
- Left Cross – A “left cross” accident takes place when a driver who is traveling in the opposite direction of a cyclist suddenly makes a left turn, effectively cutting off the forward-moving cyclist. The unsuspecting cyclist is usually unable to react in time and collides with the left-turning vehicle as a result.
- Driveway and Parking Lot Collisions – Drivers of standard-size vehicles sometimes fail to check their rear-view mirrors before backing out of a space in a parking lot. As a result, those drivers may not be aware of a pedestrian or bicyclist passing by until it is too late and a serious accident has already occurred.
There are safety measures that both drivers and cyclists can take in order to minimize the risk of being involved in a serious accident. For bicyclists, some of these safety measures include:
- Being predictable – By riding your bike in a predictable way, other drivers can anticipate your next movements. Most importantly, driving predictably means that other drivers won’t be surprised by any of your movements. Being predictable allows other drivers to react to avoid an accident.
- Follow traffic laws – Drive only where other drivers expect a bicyclist to be seen, and always travel in the same direction as traffic. Remember to use the proper signals whenever you intend to change lanes or make a turn, and to minimize sidewalk riding whenever possible.
- Improve your skills – Oftentimes, reducing your risk for being involved in a traffic accident is as simple as educating yourself on bicycling rules of the road. By taking a bicycling safety class and practicing your bicycle riding, you can hone your skills and become a safer and more aware cyclist.
For drivers of standard size vehicles, it’s important to remember that bicyclists have the exact same rights as you do. Some of these safety measures you can take to avoid an accident include:
- Yield to cyclists – Slowing down or stopping to avoid cutting off a cyclist at an intersection can help you avoid the “left hook” and “right hook” collisions as described above. Yield to cyclists as you would to other motor vehicles.
- Stay aware – Remember that a bicyclist could be in any of your blind spots. When backing out of a parking spot, or before moving forward or turning at a stop sign or traffic light, always be sure to check and double-check for bicyclists near you.
- Follow traffic laws – The best thing you can do to avoid a collision is to follow all Nevada traffic laws (taking a defensive driving course is a good way to refresh your memory on these laws). It’s important to remember that speeding and following too closely is dangerous, especially around a cyclist. Always check for cyclists whenever you are changing lanes or making a turn.
Contact The Bourassa Law Group Today
If you or a loved one has suffered the devastating impact of a bicycle accident because of another driver’s negligent actions, you have every right to pursue legal action. Dealing with the financial, emotional, and physical trauma after an accident can be too overwhelming for anyone to handle, especially if you have to cope with a tragic injury or death.
At The Bourassa Law Group, our experienced and empathetic legal team is here to help you with every legal aspect of your bicycle accident case. Our bicycle accident lawyers are committed to obtaining the full and fair compensation that you are entitled to for the losses that you have experienced. Call us now at (702) 851-2180 for a free, no-obligation consultation, so we can start working to get you back on the road to a full recovery of your life.