Las Vegas Bicycle Accident Lawyer
With good weather year-round, bicycles are a popular form of exercise, recreation, travel and tourism in Las Vegas, and even commuting for work. Cycling can be enjoyable, but it can also be dangerous or even deadly. On or off the strip, from city streets to highways, Las Vegas is a crowded place with plenty of impatient drivers. Many drivers aren’t careful enough when sharing the road with cyclists. They don’t notice or look out for bicycles, or when they do see them, they don’t give them the space they need to ride safely. There are many ways reckless drivers or negligent cyclists can cause bicycle accidents, which often end in a catastrophic or fatal injury to the rider. Cameron Law is here to help in these situations. Our boutique personal injury law firm is here to make sure our clients are treated well as we fight to get them the medical care and compensation they need and deserve after a serious injury. We are here for you any time you need us, so call our dedicated Las Vegas bicycle accident lawyer today.
Bicycle Safety Laws in Nevada
The state of Nevada has a handful of laws in place to promote safety for bicycle riders. Riders must have at least one hand free to control the bike, and they should use hand signals unless they are in a designated turn lane or if it would be unsafe to take their hands off the handlebar. They must ride in the direction of traffic flow and as far to the right as practicable, except where it would be unsafe to do so or if they are turning left. Cyclists who are keeping up with the flow of traffic around them can occupy the lane rather than keeping to the right, but they should pull over where safe to do so whenever five or more cars have lined up behind the bicycle. Helmets are recommended but not required.
Most of these laws put the obligation on the cyclist to ride safely. However, Nevada law also puts part of the responsibility on car drivers as well. Motorists who are passing a cyclist must either move into the left adjacent lane to pass or give at least three feet of space between the vehicle and the bicycle while passing. Beyond this specific law, drivers owe a general duty of care toward all others on the road, including other drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
Las Vegas Bicycle Safety Laws
Las Vegas has enacted its own ordinances regarding bicycle safety on top of the Nevada state laws. Some of these laws include the following:
- Cyclists riding on the roadway have all the rights and duties applicable to other vehicle drivers.
- Cyclists must obey the rules of the road applicable to vehicles and all city traffic laws except for those that by their nature are inapplicable to bicycles.
- Cyclists must obey traffic signals and signs.
- Cyclists must ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable and exercise due care when passing a standing vehicle or a moving vehicle traveling in the same direction.
- Cyclists can lawfully ride two abreast.
- Cyclists must use a bicycle path instead of the roadway where such paths are provided.
- Cyclists must keep to a speed that is reasonable and prudent under the existing conditions.
- Cyclists should stop and yield to pedestrians as necessary to avoid collisions when entering the sidewalk from an alley, driveway or building.
- It is unlawful to ride on the sidewalks on Fremont St between Main St and Seventh St, or anywhere else where it is posted that sidewalk riding is prohibited.
- When riding on the sidewalk, cyclists should yield to pedestrians and give an audible signal before passing pedestrians.
- Bicycles must be equipped with a white lamp on the front for riding at night, as well as a red reflector and red light lamp on the rear.
- Bicycles must be equipped with a bell or other audible signal, but no siren or whistle.
- Bicycles must be equipped with a brake.
Bicycle Accident Dangers
Bicycle riders face many dangers on the road from negligent drivers who fail to notice or watch out for bicycles on the road. Some of the leading mistakes drivers make that cause bicycle accidents include:
- Turning across traffic into the path of an oncoming bicycle
- Turning across traffic when a cyclist is in the cross-street intersection
- Turning or changing lanes without signaling and checking blind spots
- Veering or drifting into a bike lane
- Crowding a cyclist out of the lane
- Swerving in front of a bicycle and then slowing to make a turn
- Texting while driving or other distracted driving
- Drinking and driving
- Drugged driving
- Disregarding traffic signals and signs
Las Vegas bicycle accident attorney Daven P. Cameron and his team at Cameron Law put years of experience into investigating a bicycle accident, finding out what happened and who should be held responsible. While you focus on recovering your health or putting your life back together after a serious bike accident has affected you or your family, we focus on making sure the appropriate party or parties are held accountable to you for the damage done.
Contact Cameron Law Today
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a bicycle accident in Las Vegas, Cameron Law can help. Call our experienced Las Vegas bicycle accident lawyer today.