Bicycles offer a fun, cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to commute, unencumbered by the rising cost of gas or the hassle of rush-hour traffic. Unfortunately, riding a bike comes with inherent risks.
Bikes are light and quick – which means they aren’t easily seen by motorists, and riders have little protection in the event of a crash. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that of the estimated 49,000 cyclists hurt in road accidents in 2012, 6,000 suffered incapacitating injuries that left them unable to leave the scene without assistance.
Common injuries from bicycle accidents include:
- Skull, chest or abdominal fractures;
- Broken bones in the hips and legs area;
- Severe lacerations resulting from falls;
- And concussions related to impact.
If you were hurt after a driver crashed into your bicycle, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other expenses. Contact The Truman Law Firm P.C. to discuss your case. A Las Vegas accident lawyer will help you fight for the maximum settlement.
Ronald W. Truman has the highest legal rating offered by Martindale-Hubbell — an AV Preeminent rating (5.0 out of 5.0). Call 702-821-1821 to schedule a free consultation with an injury attorney. You can also visit USAttorneys.com to learn more about car accident injury claims in Nevada.
Let’s take a look at the most common types of bicycle accidents – and how to avoid them:
5 Most Common Types of Bicycle Accidents
Although Nevada laws require drivers to exercise a reasonable degree of care toward cyclists, a small error can cause a deadly crash. Often, motorists simply fail to see bikers.
These are the five most common causes of bicycle accidents:
- Drivers turning across the path of cyclists;
- Motorists making sudden lane changes or failing to check blind spots;
- Aggressive drivers failing to give way to cyclists at intersections;
- Inattentive motorists driving into cyclists from the rear;
- And passengers opening vehicle doors into the path of oncoming cyclists.
According to the American Automobile Association, cyclists can significantly reduce their risk of crashing by sticking to these safety rules:
- Never wear headphones while riding;
- Signal your intentions before turning or changing lanes;
- When in a group, ride single-file, with the flow of traffic;
- Make use of reflective materials on your clothing;
- Always wear a snug helmet;
- And before entering a roadway, stop and look both ways before proceeding.
Were you injured in an accident while riding your bike in Nevada? A Las Vegas injury attorney from The Truman Law Firm P.C. will evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim.
Ronald W. Truman has been practicing law for more than 25 years. He graduated top 10 percent of his class from Brigham Young University. Call 702-821-1821 today to schedule a free consultation.