Perhaps you ride a bicycle for exercise, to cut down on your commute or as a way to save transportation costs. Cycling has become more popular in recent years, but it is not without its risks. Our bike accident attorneys in Las Vegas are aware that as a cyclist, your lack of protection means you are vulnerable to serious injury in a crash.
You may think that car accidents involving bicycles are more prevalent with children. However, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, only 17 percent of the bicycle fatalities that occur each year are under the age of 20. The majority of the bicyclists killed in motor vehicle accidents are adults. In 2013, the NHTSA reported that more than one in four traffic deaths in Nevada were pedestrians and cyclists.
Bicycle injury law firm In Clark County
Nevada state law does not define a bicycle as a vehicle. However, when you are on your bike, you have the same rights as cars, motorcycles and trucks. Our bike injury lawyers at George T. Bochanis Law Offices know motor vehicles may not interfere with your movement on a bicycle if you are obeying posted traffic laws. Drivers are required to adhere to the following rules:
- Allow adequate space when following your bicycle
- Move over at least three feet when passing your bicycle on a two-lane road
- Refrain from passing you when there is a double yellow line
- Switch lanes when passing your bicycle on a multi-lane road
When motorists fail to follow these rules, the results can be devastating. You may be left completely paralyzed, struggling with a traumatic brain injury, or dealing with some other life-altering disability. Our Las Vegas bike accident attorneys understand that such a personal injury event can leave you unable to work or enjoy your former quality of life. In order to determine the right amount of compensation to ask for, we take the time to examine your current and future needs. We talk to your medical doctors, physical therapists and other professionals to determine how long your recovery will take or whether you will always need medical care for your condition.
Our Henderson bike accident lawyers also offer legal representation in motor vehicle crashes, including truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, boat accidents, uninsured/underinsured accidents, taxi cab accidents, distracted driving accidents and wrongful death. If you have suffered an injury because of a careless or reckless motorist, contact the George T. Bochanis Law Offices at (702) 388-2005 for a free consultation.