BICYCLE ACCIDENT LAWYERS IN LAS VEGAS, NV
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Bicycles are an often overlooked mode of transportation used by many people to get around town, particularly in Las Vegas where traffic can snarl to the point where coming and going on two wheels is faster than four. The climate in the area is also very conducive to bicycle riding, but cyclists can face some serious risks in the face of motorists’ negligence.
When a bicycle and a motor vehicle collide, the bicyclist is at a distinct disadvantage. Size, speed, velocity, and weight all fall in favor of the person behind the wheel of the motor vehicle, and when these accidents occur, the results can be catastrophic or deadly.
Our Las Vegas bicycle accident lawyers at Bernstein & Poisson are dedicated to helping those who have been injured by distracted, drunk, or otherwise negligent motorists. Our goal is to provide helpful information that can guide you toward a swift and beneficial result to your claim, one that results in a settlement or award that will cover your medical bills, lost earnings, emotional trauma, and other injuries or losses.
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PROVIDING THE INFORMATION & INSIGHT YOU NEED
We have information that can help you make the right choices after a bicycle accident, including:
- An overview of the law as it deals with Las Vegas bicycle accidents;
- What you should do if you’ve been involved in a Las Vegas bicycle accident; and
- How you should proceed if you or someone you love has been injured.
Continue reading to learn more about these key topics, or feel free to contact our offices at any time for your free case evaluation.
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THE BASICS OF BICYCLE ACCIDENT LAW
Generally speaking, when a bicycle accident occurs in Las Vegas, the laws that deal with negligence apply. What this typically means is that every person on the road, regardless of whether he or she is walking, driving, or riding owes everyone else a reasonable duty of care, so they do not create unreasonable dangers for others.
If someone is guilty of breaching that duty of care and that breach is either the direct or indirect cause of injuries suffered and/or damages incurred, then the person who is responsible for that breach of duty should usually be held liable for the damages he or she caused by his or her negligence.
Examples of negligence that may lead to bicycle accidents may include:
- Speeding or driving too fast for weather/road conditions
- Distracted driving
- Running a red light
- Unsafe lane changes
- Failing to yield the right of way to a bicyclist
- Turning right into a bicycle rider’s path
- Drunk driving
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HOW BICYCLE LAW APPLIES TO ACCIDENTS
After a bicycle accident, the first responders to the scene are typically the emergency medical teams and the police. The police are there to make a record of what happened based on the accounts provided by those involved in the accident and any witnesses who provide them with a statement. It’s also common for the police to gather any other physical evidence that’s present in order to corroborate the statements they were given.
When this process is complete, the party or parties who feel they were wrongfully injured should contact a Las Vegas bicycle injury attorney to review the situation. At this point, the attorney will listen to the account of what happened, review the available evidence, and compare the facts of the situation to the legal standards that were discussed above. If the attorney decides that the other party is or should be at fault for the accident, he or she will likely recommend that a claim be filed.
Obviously, this process cannot take place in the case of a hit and run. If you were the victim of this type of accident, there may still be legal channels for you to pursue damages for your injuries. Please do not hesitate to contact our bicycle accident lawyers in Las Vegas if you need help determine the best path for obtaining fair and just compensation.
HOW TO PROCEED WITH YOUR CASE
If you or someone you love has been injured in a bicycle accident, the first step you need to take is to obtain the necessary medical attention, as your safety and health come first. When you’ve completed that step, you need to gather all of the documentation that relates to the accident, including:
- The police report if you can locate a copy
- Any medical records you can obtain (or at least the dates and locations of your care)
- Any other documents or statements that you feel could be relevant to the situation
All of this is necessary so your attorney can provide you with the best advice possible regarding how you should proceed.
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In the meantime, you need to contact a Las Vegas bicycle accident lawyer who has the experience and skill necessary to not only provide you with sound legal advice, but also to aggressively and relentlessly fight for your rights if you’ve been wrongfully injured.