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Bicycles have always been an overlooked mode of transportation that is used by many people to get around town, particularly in Las Vegas where traffic can snarl to the point where coming and going on two wheels is faster than four. Additionally, the climate in the area is very conducive to bicycle riding, but unfortunately those who climb aboard this type of vehicle face serious risks every time they do so.
When a bicycle and a vehicle collide, it’s obvious that the bicyclist is at a distinct disadvantage. Size, speed, velocity and weight all fall in favor of the person behind the wheel, and when these accidents occur, the results can be not only dangerous but also deadly. Below is an overview of the law as it deals with Las Vegas bicycle accidents. You’ll find information regarding what the law generally states, how it’s applied to these types of situations, what you should do if you’ve been involved in a Las Vegas bicycle accident and finally how you should proceed if you or someone you love has been injured by such an occurrence.
Generally speaking, when a bicycle accident occurs in Las Vegas, the laws that deal with negligence apply. What this typically means is that every person on the road, regardless of whether he or she is walking, driving or riding owes everyone else a reasonable duty of care such that they do not create unreasonable dangers for others.
If someone is guilty of breaching that duty of care and that breach is either the direct or indirect cause of injuries suffered and/or damages incurred, then the person who is responsible for that breach of duty should usually be held liable for the damages he or she caused by his or her negligence.
When a Las Vegas bicycle accident occurs, the first responders to the scene are typically the emergency medical teams and the police. The police are there to make a record of what happened based on the accounts provided by those involved in the accident and any witnesses who provide them with a statement. It’s also common for the police to gather any other physical evidence that’s present in order to corroborate the statements they were given.
When this process is complete, the party or parties who feel they were wrongfully injured should contact a Las Vegas accident lawyer to review the situation. At this point, the attorney will listen to the account of what happened, review the available evidence and compare the facts of the situation to the legal standards that were discussed above. If the attorney decides that the other party is or should be at fault for the accident, he or she will likely recommend that a claim be filed.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a Las Vegas bicycle accident, the first step you need to take is to obtain the necessary medical attention, as your safety and health come first. When you’ve completed that step, you need to gather all of the documentation that relates to the accident, including the police report if you can locate a copy, any medical records you can obtain or at least the dates and locations of your care and any other documents or statements that you feel could be relevant to the situation. All of this is necessary so that your attorney can provide you with the best advice possible regarding how you should proceed.
In the meantime, you need to contact a Las Vegas bicycle accident attorney who has the experience and skill necessary to not only provide you with sound legal advice, but also to aggressively and relentlessly fight for your rights if you’ve been wrongfully injured. Contact the attorneys at Jack Bernstein & Poisson today to schedule a free initial consultation.
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