Nevada Bicycle Accident FAQ
Questions About Nevada Bicycle Riders Rights and Responsibilities
1. What rights do bicyclists have in Nevada?
Bicyclists in Nevada have all of the same rights on the road as other drivers. Motorists must respect these rights for the safety of everyone involved.
2. What responsibilities do bicyclists have in Nevada?
Cyclists must ride on the right side of the road, unless they are able to match the speed of traffic or are turning left. Cyclists must also obey all traffic signals and signs, and they must use their hands to signal stops and turns. When cyclists fail to uphold these responsibilities, they may be held liable for any accidents that occur.
3. What responsibilities do motorists have when sharing the road with bicyclists in Nevada?
When passing a bicyclist, motorists must move into a lane to the left of the bicyclist if possible. If this isn’t possible, motorists must pass the bicyclist with at least three feet of clearance. At intersections, motorists must yield to cyclists in the same way that they would yield to another motorist. Nevada also requires motorists to avoid driving or parking in bicycle lanes and extend special courtesy to inexperienced riders. When motorists fail to live up to their responsibilities on the road, they put cyclists in danger and may be held liable for any resulting injuries.
4. Are cyclists required to wear helmets?
Legally, cyclists are not required to wear helmets. However, the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles strongly encourages cyclists to wear helmets in order to reduce the risk of injury.
Questions About Nevada Bicycle Statistics
1. How many bicycle accidents occur in Nevada each year?
According to the Nevada Department of Transportation, nearly 600 bicycle accidents occur each year in the state. This leads to more than 500 injuries annually. In 2010, bicycle accidents led to 6 fatalities.
2. When are bicycle accidents most likely to occur?
Bicycle accidents are most likely to occur on Tuesday or Wednesday between the hours of 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM. Accidents are least likely to occur on Sundays.
3. What is the most common cause of bicycle accidents?
When bicycle accidents were caused by the actions of the cyclist, the most common causes are darting, improper crossing, riding on the wrong side of the road and failure to obey traffic signs or signals. The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that bicyclists are most likely to be involved in fatal actions in urban areas. One-third of bicycle fatalities occur in intersections.
4. How effective are helmets at preventing injuries?
According to the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, helmets may reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent when they are worn properly.
Questions About Nevada Bicycle Accidents
1. What are the possible consequences of a bicycle accident?
An individual who is involved in a bicycle accident may sustain serious injuries. These injuries often lead to medical bills, lost wages and physical pain. In some cases, injured cyclists may suffer from lifelong disabilities. The worst accidents are fatal to the cyclist.
2. Who is responsible for the cost of injuries and property damage after a bicycle accident?
Depending on the specifics of the accident, either the cyclist or the driver of any other vehicles involved may be responsible for the costs related to the accident. If the driver’s actions caused the accident, he or she may be required to pay for any damage to the cyclists bicycle and/or the cost of the cyclist’s injuries. However, if the cyclist was at fault, he or she may be required to pay for any property damage, as well as his or her own injuries.
3. How do I pursue compensation after a bicycle accident?
If you were involved in a bicycle accident and you believe that someone else was at fault, you can pursue compensation with the help of a personal injury attorney. Contact the office of Eric A. Stovall to learn more about your options.