Bike Accidents In Las Vegas and Southern Nevada; Personal Injury Lawyers in Las Vegas
Posted by: Mark Albright on Thu, May 16, 2013Share this post
National Bike Accident Statistics
Now that spring is here, Southern Nevadans are out in large numbers on their bicycles. Danger is in the air. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), bicyclist deaths comprise around 2% of all traffic-related fatalities that occur on U.S. roads. Bike accidents and deaths tend to afflict young children disproportionately. Since such historical traffic records started in the early 1930s, more than 53,000 cyclists have been killed in traffic accidents in our country – that’s around the same amount of people who died fighting in the Vietnam War.
Some additional statistics about bicycle accidents:
- Around a quarter million children are hospitalized every year for bicycle injuries.
- A strongly disproportionate number of bicyclists hurt/killed are male (figures suggest anywhere from 80% to 90% are male riders).
- Around 700 people annually die in bike accidents on U.S. roads.
- Around 33% of bicycle accidents involve alcohol or drugs.
- Bike accidents and deaths are more common during the evening rush hour (5 pm to 9 pm); during the summer; and in urban/city regions.
Cycling Accident Injuries
Although every accident is unique, bike injuries present several readily foreseeable injuries. First of all, bicyclists do not wear seatbelts. Thus, they are easily thrown off their bikes and land on their hands and forearms. As a result, a disproportionate number of bike-related accidents cause wrist sprains, fractures, lacerations, and soft tissue injuries.
The presence or absence of a bicycle helmet can be a strong predictor of the nature of possible head injuries. Obviously, bicyclists who wear helmets are somewhat protected against serious head injuries, such as traumatic brain injury, whiplash, and shock. But a helmet does not always protect the bike rider. A bicyclist is more exposed on the roads than the driver of a car, and automobile-bike collisions typically lead to more serious injuries for cyclists.
As bike riders know, drivers of cars and trucks often do not pay adequate attention to their surroundings, do not respect the rights of cyclists, and do not look for cyclists before making moves that can endanger their lives. All too often, bike riders are injured or killed by motorists who fail to check their blind spots before changing lanes, make right turns directly in front of oncoming bicyclists, sideswipe them traveling on the shoulder, open doors in front of them, drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, fail to stop at stop signs, pull out from driveways or side streets without looking, or otherwise proceed in a manner which risks the lives of cyclists. Most motorists are not familiar with Nevada laws that protect bicyclists and give them the same rights to use Nevada streets as motorists.
When handling your case, we will hire the best available accident reconstruction experts to prove that the motorist or other culpable party is at fault; utilize specialized medical experts to support your claim for the full extent of your injuries; and work expeditiously to obtain the maximum compensation allowed by law. We will personally interview every individual who witnessed the incident and thoroughly investigate every case. We will also bike and drive the same section of road ourselves to further strengthen our ability to vigorously advocate on your behalf.
At what point should you consult a bike accident lawyer?
Due to our many sunny days, Las Vegans are fortunate to be able to bike almost every day; the Red Rock National Park is a favorite spot. Clark County and Las Vegas have been trying for years to add more bike paths to make our metro area safer for avid cyclists. Even the local transit company has followed suit with bike racks on their busses. But accidents happen to even the most careful riders. Following an injury accident, it is very important to consult with a qualified bicycle accident attorney as soon as possible. If you let too much time go by before consulting a lawyer, valuable evidence may be lost, witnesses may disappear, and the other party’s insurance company may take advantage of you. As soon as we take on your bicycle accident injury case, we begin a full and thorough investigation and take swift action to secure and protect relevant evidence.
What types of compensation are recoverable in my bicycle accident claim?
Albright Stoddard Warnick & Albright is a proficient and experienced personal injury law firm with a long history of obtaining for clients the compensation and accountability they deserve. An individual who injures a cyclist may be held liable for a wide variety of damages, including past and future medical and rehabilitation costs, lost earnings and earning potential, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress, loss of parental or spousal financial support, loss of spousal relations, property damage, incidental expenses, and many other types of physical, economic, and sometimes even punitive damages that result from the accident. We will work relentlessly to obtain the financial compensation you deserve, to make the legal process as simple and painless as possible, and do our utmost to take pressure off you and your family, so that you may concentrate on recovering.
Why you need a bike accident attorney
Some people who have been injured in accidents wrongfully believe that they can handle resolving their claim without hiring a qualified bicycle accident lawyer. They may be tempted to try and work out a settlement directly with insurance companies. This is not advisable! Insurance companies are in the business of making money by collecting premiums and paying out as little money as possible for injury claims. If a victim is not represented by a qualified bike accident attorney, an insurance company will almost always try to settle the claim to the insurance company’s advantage.
Until an injured person hires a personal injury attorney, the insurance company knows that the injured person is not prepared to take the case to court. When dealing with accident victims, insurance companies usually pretend at the outset that they want to fairly compensate the victim but then take advantage of them by taking a recorded statement from the victim, have them examined by their doctors, and otherwise build their case against them. And then end up offering an unfairly low settlement amount. Avoid letting this happen to you by contacting a bicycle accident attorney at a qualified personal injury law firm. If you do talk to the insurance company, do not allow yourself to be recorded and do not sign any papers. It is best to leave all communications and dealings to an experienced bicycle injury lawyer.
Remember that Cyclists Have Rights Too!
Unfortunately for cyclists, many motorists don’t seem to understand that bike riders have the same rights as any other vehicle on the road. Nevadans love cycling, and we ride our bikes for leisure, for sport, and for transportation. However, accidents involving cyclists continue to increase. The attorneys at Albright Stoddard aggressively defend the rights of our clients and assist to obtain full compensation for our clients’ injuries and damages.
There are many and varied causes of bicycle accidents in Nevada. While most collisions between bicycles and cars occur at intersections and involve driver inattention or failing to yield the right of away to the slower cyclist, there are many other reasons accidents happen. In fact, it is not unusual for a typical auto accident to have multiple causes. These may include driver negligence, dangerous conditions, or a driver operating a vehicle while drunk or under the influence of intoxicants. Typically, the bicyclist has no warning and little time to react before being struck by a motor vehicle. After being injured, the cyclist is often helpless and confused after speaking with law enforcement officers, witnesses, and “friendly” representatives from various insurance companies. When the cause of an accident is unclear, and liability is in doubt, an injured cyclist needs an experienced bicycle attorney advocate to make sure his or her rights are protected.
What to do if your injuries are serious
When cyclists collide with much heavier cars and trucks, riders can experience life altering injuries such as: brain trauma, compound fractures, severe multiple fractures, spinal injuries and paralysis, or burns and bruises. These are serious medical conditions that often require extensive medical care and rehabilitation services. Give the attorney at Albright Stoddard Warnick & Albright a call today at 702-384-7111 to protect your rights, or email us at email@example.com.
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