Spring Valley Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Although bicyclists make up only a miniscule proportion of the people on Nevada streets, these individuals make up a significant proportion of roadway fatalities. Lack of visibility and lack of protection are the two biggest reasons why. Visibility issues are especially acute for youngsters who ride small bicycles. These individuals make up a disproportionate number of bicycle accident victims. As for protection, when a 2,000-plus pound car hits a 20-plus pound bicycle, the results are usually tragic for the rider.
A dedicated Spring Valley bicycle accident lawyer from Cameron Law stands up for victims in these situations. Obtaining fair compensation in court is a process that starts with collecting evidence and building a solid foundation. Once this foundation is in place, an attorney is well-positioned to obtain the compensation these victims need and deserve. Generally, our professional team is able to settle these claims out of court, and on victim-friendly terms.
What Causes Bicycle Accidents?
Failure to maintain a proper lookout clearly violates the duty of care. This duty requires motorists to drive defensively and avoid wrecks when possible. It’s impossible to fulfill these obligations when a driver isn’t paying enough attention to the traffic on the road.
Frequently, driver inattention is connected to driver impairment. Some common forms of driver impairment include:
- Alcohol Use: In the 1980s, alcohol caused about a third of the fatal wrecks in Nevada. In response, authorities began a decades-long crackdown against drunk drivers. All these years later, alcohol still causes about a third of the fatal wreck in Nevada.
- Substance Abuse: Marijuana, which is legal to use in Nevada, is the leading cause of drugged driving wrecks in the Silver State. Prescription pain pills, which are also legal to take, are second. Even though these drugs are legal to take, it’s illegal, and dangerous, to drive under their influence.
- Medical Condition: Moderate illnesses, like coronavirus and the flu, reduce driving ability by as much as 50 percent. More serious medical conditions, like diabetes and epilepsy, could cause a sudden and unexpected loss of consciousness while the motorist is behind the wheel.
Other forms of driver impairment include fatigued driving and distracted driving. A Spring Valley bicycle accident lawyer can often obtain additional compensation in driver impairment wrecks. Arguably, these motorists know they shouldn’t drive. In other words, they intentionally disregard the safety of other people when they get behind the wheel.
Do Safety Measures Really Protect Riders?
To reduce the number of bicyclist fatalities, many jurisdictions rely on bicycle helmet laws and ordinances or concrete pillars that separate designated bicycle lanes from other traffic lanes.
Helmets might be counterproductive. There’s evidence that, when drivers see riders wearing helmets, they believe the rider could survive a crash, so they take more risks. Additionally, a thin bicycle helmet provides little protection in a high-speed collision. So, the bicyclist has a false sense of security.
Concrete pillars often make the aforementioned visibility problem even worse. If a pillar is between a rider and a tortfeasor (negligent driver), the tortfeasor might not see the victim and turn directly into the bicyclist’s path.
Rely on a Dedicated Spring Valley Bike Accident Lawyer
Injury victims are usually entitled to substantial compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced Spring Valley bicycle accident lawyer, contact Cameron Law today. We routinely handle matters in Lincoln County and nearby jurisdictions.