Las Vegas & Nevada Bicycle Accident Prevention & Safety
Riding a bike is an economical and environmentally friendly way to get where you want to go, and Summerlin’s terrain and temperate year round climate make it a great recreational hobby, as well as a way to stay fit or get in shape. Unfortunately, while bicycling may be good for your overall health, having a run-in with a car while you are on your bike is not. Whether you are sideswiped, run off the road, rear ended, or hit straight on, your accident is likely to result in serious and, in some cases, potentially life threatening injuries. When you have been injured while riding your bike, let our experienced Las Vegas personal injury attorneys show you how to hold responsible driver’s accountable so that you can get the compensation you need to recover.
Nevada Bicycle Accidents and Injuries
Bicycle accidents and injuries are an unfortunately common occurrence. According to the latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), roughly 700 people are killed in bicycle accidents each year in the United States, while more than 45,000 suffer serious injuries. The majority of these accidents occur in cities and other urban areas between the hours of 3:00 pm and midnight, and while children are commonly thought to be most at risk, the NHTSA states the average age for fatal bicycle accidents is 44.
Locally, a May 2015 study by the University of Nevada shows that between 2012 and 2013, there were more than 600 people treated at trauma centers throughout the state for severe bicycle accident injuries. Over half of those injured suffered trauma to the brain or spine, with the potential for long term, permanent impairment. Other common types of bicycle injuries include the following:
- Concussions and skulls fractures;
- Broken bones and internal injuries;
- Muscle strains, sprains, and tears;
- Dislocated joints in the legs, hips, and shoulder;
- Road burns, cuts, and serious abrasions.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
According to the Pedestrian and Bicyclist Information Center, roughly one third of all bicycling accidents occur as the result of motor vehicles. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, and distracted driving are all reckless driver behaviors that play a role in these accidents. Other common causes of bicycle accidents include:
- Accidents caused by uneven roadways or bicycle paths in disrepair;
- Rider error due to lack of attention;
- Crashes and collisions with other cyclists;
- Obstacles in the roadway, including dogs and pedestrians.
Bicyclists can help prevent accidents and injuries by avoiding the use of alcohol or other intoxicating substances when riding their bikes, as well as by making sure their bike is well maintained, obeying all traffic signals, and wearing bright clothing to increase their visibility. According to the Nevada Department of Transportation, when riding at night, your bike must be equipped with a white headlight and rear and side deflectors. While Nevada bicyclists are not required to wear a helmet, studies show that the use of one can significantly reduce your risk of injury when involved in an accident.
Las Vegas Bicycle Accident Safety & General Resources
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Contact A Bicycle Accident Lawyer To Help You Get Compensation For Your Injuries
If you or someone you care about has suffered injuries as the result of a car & bike accident in Vegas, contact an experience lawyer in or near Vegas like the staff at Ladah Law Firm, PLLC right away. Experienced Las Vegas bicycle accident attorneys can advise you on how to hold responsible drivers accountable for the damages they have caused, and assist you in getting the compensation you need to recover.
Safe Cycling Tips & Resources
Important Bicycle Safety Gear
- Depth Mark
- Bike Computer
- Red Reflectors
Types of Bicycle Accidents & How to Prevent Them
- Traffic Accidents: Prevention – Always signal, watch drivers closely
- Dooring: Prevention – Ride 4 feet from cars
- Wrong Way: Prevention – Drive in same direction as traffic
- Left Cross: Prevention – Watch closely for blinkers, use a headlight
- Right Cross: Prevention – Watch both ways, use headlight & reflectors
- Right Hook: Prevention – Watch passers closely
- Parking Lotted: Prevention – Closely watch parking log entrances, stay off sidewalks
- Rear Ended or “The Overtaking”: Prevention – Use a mirror, avoid weaving in/out of lanes
US Bicycle Death Statistics
- 818 Pedalcyclists were killed in 2015
- 783 of those killed were in single-vehicle crashes
- 47% of those fatalities occurred during dusk or dawn light conditions
- 70% of those fatalities accused in urban areas
- Florida had the most fatalities followed by California
- In over 27% of fatalities, the pedal cyclist had alcohol in their system
- In 37% of those, alcohol involvement was reported for either the cyclist or the driver
Nevada Bicycle Death Statistics
- In 2016, 81% was the mortality rate for male bikers involved in accidents compared to 19% of females
- Between 2011 & 2015, 65 was the average for bicycle related injuries in Nevada
- In Clark county, 49 Cyclists died in 2016
- In 2015, 61 cyclist died in Nevada
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