Experienced Bicycle Accidents Attorneys in Las Vegas, NV
Involved In A Las Vegas Bicycle Accident?
As a cyclist in Southern Nevada you have a right to the road, just as much as any other motorist. Unfortunately, many drivers don’t think to look for cyclists on the road. Bike riders can be seriously injured or even killed by a negligent driver. Even if the cyclist is wearing a helmet and safety equipment, these accidents often lead to severe injury, expensive medical costs, and emotional trauma. If you or a loved one have sustained a bicycle accident injury here in Las Vegas, you have a right to pursue legal action and rightful compensation. Let us help. We are Gazda and Tadayon, Las Vegas’ best injury attorneys, and we have dealt with hundreds of cases involving traffic accidents, including bicycle accidents like yours.
We find that bicycle accidents are particularly common in Nevada, where bike lanes can be sparse and drivers fail to share the road. Hundreds of these accidents occur each year in our state, so you’re not alone in wondering if you should file a claim. Know that you deserve justice and compensation after the accident.
Bicycle Injuries on the Road
Bicycle injuries rarely get enough attention in popular discussion. In fact, there were over 50,000 cyclist injuries due to motor vehicle accidents in the United States in 2017. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics show that 780 cyclists succumbed to their injuries in the same year. In some cases, a fatal bicycle crash can be considered a wrongful death case.
Bicycle accidents can occur any number of ways. Reasons for such accidents include:
- Car doors opening into traffic and hitting the cyclist
- Road rage/aggressive/reckless driving
- Inadequate attention to blind spots and turns
- Failure to yield right of way
- Dangerous road conditions, such as improperly-marked bike paths
- Product liability such as faulty helmets and bike parts
There are a whole range of other injuries that can also occur in these cycling accidents, depending on road conditions and the nature of the accident. Many victims don’t experience injuries or symptoms as soon as the accident occurs. It may take a day or two for the symptoms of the injury to appear, and some may manifest as mobility issues or chronic pain in the long term. Legs and feet are a particular source of injuries for cyclists, and long-term rehabilitation is often needed.
Victims should always seek immediate medical assistance after the accident, even if the injuries seem minor at first. Medical professionals can help take a complete inventory of all injuries, which helps for long-term treatment and also serves as proof should the victim take legal action later on. It also helps to document injuries using photos, and to keep any evidence intact. For example, the cyclist should not repair their bike as it contains valuable information for a personal injury lawyer to build a case on.
If injury from the bike collision can be demonstrated and the other motorist is found at fault, the injured cyclist can be entitled to substantial compensation. The damages they can claim for include:
- property damage
- lost wages
- cost of medical treatments
- cost of long-term rehabilitation services
- pain medication
There are economic as well as non-economic damages involved in a bike accident. Economic damages are more obvious such as medical bills and wages lost due to the injuries sustained as a result of the accident.
Non-economic damages are somewhat complicated. What if the victim has lost some of their independence in performing certain household tasks due to the injuries sustained as a result of the crash? Although such damages are harder to quantify, they are as real as economic damages, and victims can be compensated for these damages by the at-fault party.
At this point, the common question is where the compensation will come from. In bicycle accidents, as in other types of traffic accidents, one of the most important factors is the motorists’ insurance. Whether it’s the victim’s auto insurance, provided they purchased enough coverage, or the insurance of the at-fault driver, there can soon be a barrage of calls trying to settle with a payout. There are a few reasons why injured bicyclists should avoid insurance claims, however.
Insurance Claim in a Bike Accident
Not all insurance policies cover bike crashes, but in the event that the motorists’ insurers come in to play, there are two types of claims:
- first party, relying on your own insurance company for coverage
- third party, relying on the other person’s insurance company for coverage
It can be tempting to rely on the at-fault party’s insurance to cover everything, especially in the whirlwind that occurs right after the accident. Medical bills are racking up, everyone is rattled, and people want to go back to the way things were before. Unfortunately, insurance usually fails to provide adequate compensation. While Nevada state law makes it mandatory for all drivers to have insurance, about 10% of drivers in Nevada don’t have coverage at all. There are an even greater number of drivers who have the bare minimum amount of insurance, which often does not cover traffic accidents involving bicycles.
At the end of the day, an insurance company is looking to maximize their profits. First, they can try to dodge the claim altogether. If that fails, they can attempt to award the lowest possible amount to the injured party, which they can accomplish by low-balling the medical costs, property damage, and overall liability of their insured party. Long-term medical costs are at the greatest risk: for example, if the cyclist who was injured sustained a spinal cord injury, insurance may only cover immediate surgeries and hospital visits, while failing to cover the costs of long-term care and rehabilitation as well as lost time and income from work.
This is where working with an experienced injury law firm like ours can help. At Gazda & Tadayon, we are former insurance defense lawyers who know the tactics that these companies use to reduce a claim. Instead, our goal is to maximize your compensation, and ensure that your rights and interests are protected. Instead of having to wrangle with insurance agent calls and the extensive paperwork and uncertainty while filing a claim on your own, let us do all the work for you. Schedule a FREE legal consultation with us today.
Because Nevada state law has a statute of limitations, you have a certain timeframe within which you can file a claim and secure compensation. Please contact us as soon as possible.