Published: June 27, 2024 | Jack Bernstein

Crashed your bike in Las Vegas? Wondering if car insurance will cover the damages? The answer isn’t always straightforward. Nevada’s fault-based laws mean your options can vary depending on who caused the accident. Whether you’re the cyclist or the driver, Jack Bernstein Injury Lawyers can help you navigate your insurance claim and fight for fair compensation.

Understanding Car Insurance and Bicycle Accidents in Nevada

Bicycle accidents are a harsh reality, especially in bustling cities like Las Vegas, where the roads are shared by cars, bikes, and pedestrians. If you’ve been involved in a bicycle accident, you’re likely wondering if car insurance will cover the damages.

The good news: In many cases, it can.

The bad news: It’s not always a simple answer.

Can Car Insurance Cover a Bicycle Accident?

The short answer is yes, it often can. However, Nevada operates under a “fault” system, meaning the person responsible for the accident (the at-fault party) is typically on the hook for covering the damages.

In a car versus bicycle accident, this could be either the driver or the cyclist.

What If I’m the Driver?

If you were driving the car and are found at fault for the accident, your car insurance policy should step in to help. Specifically, your liability coverage is designed to cover the cyclist’s damages, such as:

  • Medical expenses: Hospital bills, surgeries, medication, physical therapy, and other related costs.
  • Lost wages: If the cyclist is unable to work due to their injuries, your insurance may cover their lost income.
  • Pain and suffering: This includes compensation for the physical pain and emotional distress the cyclist experiences.
  • Bicycle repair or replacement: The cost of fixing or replacing the damaged bicycle.

What If I’m the Cyclist?

If the driver caused the accident, their liability insurance should cover your damages. However, what if the driver is uninsured or underinsured? That’s where having your own uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage becomes crucial.

UM/UIM coverage acts as a safety net, helping pay for your damages if the at-fault driver doesn’t have enough (or any) insurance to cover your losses.

Why You Need a Lawyer Even After a “Minor” Accident

You might think, “It was just a little scrape. I don’t need a lawyer for that.” But even “minor” bicycle accidents can have lasting consequences.

Even Minor Accidents Can Have Major Consequences:

Bicycle accidents often involve:

Type of InjuryPotential Consequences
Road rash and cutsInfection risk, scarring
Broken bonesSurgery, physical therapy, long-term mobility issues
Head injuries (even with a helmet)Concussions, traumatic brain injuries, cognitive difficulties
Internal injuriesBleeding, organ damage, potentially life-threatening situations

Don’t underestimate the impact. These injuries can lead to:

  • Mountains of medical bills
  • Missed work and lost income
  • Ongoing pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress

Insurance Companies Don’t Always Have Your Best Interests in Mind:

Insurance companies are businesses. Their goal is to maximize profits, not pay out claims.

Even if you think you’re in the right, insurance adjusters might try to:

  • Shift Blame: They might try to pin some of the blame on you, even if the evidence clearly shows the driver was at fault.
  • Downplay Injuries: They might try to minimize the severity of your injuries to justify a lower settlement offer.
  • Delay the Process: They might drag out the claims process, hoping you’ll get frustrated and accept a lowball offer.

Having an experienced attorney on your side can make a world of difference. We can:

  • Level the Playing Field: We know the tactics insurance companies use and how to counter them.
  • Gather Evidence: We’ll collect medical records, police reports, witness statements, and other evidence to build a strong case on your behalf.
  • Negotiate for Fair Compensation: We’ll fight for the maximum settlement you deserve, covering all your damages – medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
  • Take Your Case to Court: If necessary, we’ll file a lawsuit and represent you in court to ensure you get the justice you deserve.

Don’t let insurance companies bully you into accepting less than you’re owed. With the right legal representation, you can fight for your rights and focus on your recovery.

How Jack Bernstein Injury Lawyers Can Help

When you’re dealing with the aftermath of a bicycle accident, the legal process can feel overwhelming. That’s where our experienced team comes in.

We Fight for Cyclists’ Rights:

At Jack Bernstein Injury Lawyers, we’re passionate about protecting the rights of cyclists in Las Vegas and throughout Nevada. We’ve handled countless bicycle accident cases, and we know how to navigate the complexities of insurance claims and personal injury law.

Our team is dedicated to:

  • Investigating Your Accident: We’ll thoroughly examine the accident scene, interview witnesses, and gather all relevant evidence to build a strong case on your behalf.
  • Maximizing Your Compensation: We’ll fight tirelessly to ensure you receive full compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
  • Providing Personalized Guidance: We’ll be by your side every step of the way, answering your questions, addressing your concerns, and keeping you informed about the progress of your case.

Get a Free Consultation Today:

Have questions about your rights or what to do next? We’re here to help. Schedule a free consultation with our experienced team. There’s no obligation, and we’ll provide honest advice on the best course of action for your specific situation.

Don’t let insurance companies take advantage of you. Contact Jack Bernstein Injury Lawyers today and let us fight for your rights.

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If you have been injured in an accident, contact Jack Bernstein Injury Lawyers for a free, no obligation consultation with experienced Las Vegas accident lawyers. You will gain an advocate for every stage in the claims process until you have the compensation you deserve.

Jack Bernstein Injury Lawyers is available to help you handle your injury claim in the Las Vegas metropolitan area and beyond. Jack Bernstein and his team can offer you the personalized service and legal representation you deserve after an accident.

Call us at (702) 633-3333 or contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your case.

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