Las Vegas Bicycle Accident Attorney
Bicycle accidents are prevalent on the streets of Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2016, five bicyclists died in Clark County. Only one other county (Washoe, with one death) recorded any bicyclist deaths the same year. Negligent, distracted, and drunk drivers are often the reasons bicyclists suffer serious to fatal personal injuries. If you or a loved one recently experienced a bicycle accident, contact our Las Vegas bicycle accident attorneys at Panish Shea & Boyle LLP to learn your rights. We may be able to help you recover the costs of your medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Your Rights as an Injured Bicyclist in Nevada
Bicyclists have all the same rights to the roads as other motorists in Nevada. However, they must obey bike-specific statutes, when applicable. Bicyclists are the same as all injured accident victims when it comes to the right to pursue compensation through the civil court system. Nevada law permits injured cyclists and the family members of deceased or injured loved ones to bring claims against the at-fault drivers or other parties in pursuit of financial recovery. To have grounds for a claim, you must show the following:
- The defendant owed you a duty of care. All drivers owe bicycle riders duties of care to prevent accidents and injuries. Other parties, such as the city, owe bicyclists duties as well.
- The defendant breached this duty. Breaches of duty include acts of negligence such as texting and driving, speeding, ignoring the right of way at intersections, and driving recklessly around bicyclists.
- The breach of duty caused your bike accident. You need proof that the defendant’s actions were the direct cause of your bike accident. If you partially contributed to your accident, don’t worry – Nevada’s laws still make you eligible for recovery.
- You suffered damages in the accident. Damages can include personal injuries, lost wages, property damage, and emotional pain and suffering.
The Las Vegas bicycle accident lawyers at Panish Shea & Boyle LLP excel at helping bike accident victims prove their losses and the other party’s fault in bicycle accident claims. Let us show you what we can do for your family during a free discussion with one of our attorneys. It may surprise you to find that you’re eligible for significant recovery because of someone else’s fault for your collision. Don’t go up against insurance companies alone. Retain our firm for the help you need.
Common Injuries in Bicycle Accidents
Depending on the driver’s speed and the intensity of the crash, bike accidents can have serious and sometimes fatal consequences. A bicycle accident claim can hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligence and you can recover financial compensation to cover for medical expenses. Common injuries caused by bicycle accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Road rash
- Head and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injury
It’s important to seek medical attention after your bicycle accident, even if you don’t feel hurt, some injuries take time to show symptoms, which is why it’s recommended to get treated before you have serious discomfort. Seeking medical treatment also helps with your injury claim, medical records verify the extent of your injuries and how much you should be compensated for.
Choose Panish Shea & Boyle LLP for Your Legal Representation
Our lawyers know how debilitating a bicycle accident can be. You might have suffered a serious head injury that requires weeks of rest and time off work. You could also be afraid of getting back onto your bicycle – experiencing flashbacks of that terrible day. Know that the Nevada civil justice system wants you to seek recovery for all these damages, both physical and emotional. The Las Vegas personal injury attorney you choose to represent your case can make all the difference in the type of compensation you recover.
Panish Shea & Boyle LLP has an impressive case history, with results reaching into the multi-millions for injured clients in the past. We garner the best possible results by never backing down from our beliefs. We support our clients’ causes with tenacity, doing all that we can to ensure fair results. When it comes to representing your bicycle accident claim with passion, count on Panish Shea & Boyle LLP. Contact us for more information about how we can help your family. Call (702) 560-5520 for your free consultation, we serve clients in the Las Vegas area.