Bicycle Accident Lawyers serving Las Vegas, NV
“Share the Road!” It’s a safety standard that drivers must adhere to and one that cyclists depend on every day. Safety is crucial for cyclist given the level of protection that they have compared to automobile drivers. That’s why it’s important to have the services of a qualified attorney when seeking compensation for a bicycle accident.
Understanding Bicycle Accidents
Cyclists are urged to consider the rules of the road. Some of those rules include:
- Every motorist should take care to avoid a collision with a cyclist
- No cyclist should interfere with the motion of anyone driving a motor vehicle
- Motor vehicles should pass cyclists on the left if they must share a traffic lane
In the USA according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 716 cyclists were killed and 52,000 were injured in traffic accidents. Cyclists represented about 14% of all traffic accident fatalities that year. It’s essential for cyclists to stay informed and safe in order to avoid becoming a statistic themselves.
Frequently Asked Questions About Bicycle Accidents
1. What is a bicycle accident?
The most common accident involving a bicycle is collision with a car or truck. However, accidents can also occur by hitting a pedestrian who’s not paying attention or damage as a result of a defective bike part, such as:
- Bicycle tire blowouts
- Stuck gears
- Brake failures
- Unsafe bike helmets
2. What are the most common injuries in a bicycle accident?
When it comes to a collision with a motor vehicle or pedestrian, the most common injury for cyclists include soft tissue damage (e.g., to the skin and muscles) and bone fractures. In fatal and serious accidents, the most common injury is severe head or brain trauma.
3. What should I do if I get into a bike accident?
First, seek immediate medical attention if you or someone you care about has been hurt. You should also contact the police to get an official report of the incident on record. Next, gather as much information about the incident as you can. Take down the names and phone numbers of every driver that was involved and from any witnesses in the area. Be sure as well to get insurance information from every driver involved in the accident. Take photos of the scene and collect every broken bicycle part as evidence.
How Our Accident Law Firm Can Get You Compensation
At Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith, we make it our goal to treat every client with the utmost compassion and understanding. That care and attention we put into each case goes into giving you the highest level of representation in court.
Schedule a Free Consultation Today
Every cyclist should feel safe on the road. It’s never fair to let one wrong turn ruin the rest of your life. Seek the help and compensation you need today. The law firm of Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith is here to help. We offer a free initial consultation for anyone who’s in need of our representation. We’ll visit you directly if you’re unable to leave your home or the hospital. Contact our firm online or call us at 702-228-2600.