Nevada is home to countless bicycle enthusiasts, and anyone who has been out on the roads in the state at almost any given time has likely seen individual riders and packs of riders zooming along in the sun. The weather and the terrain are both natural fits for people who want to get this form of exercise, and most drivers understand that they need to provide those who are traveling on two wheels with a bit of extra room in order to pass them safely. Doing so will also minimize the risk that a sudden swerve by the bicyclist will lead to a crash.
Anyone who has ever been on a bicycle and ridden along a highway or along a street with a high speed limit also understands the risks present and the problems that can arise. When a large vehicle comes up from behind you and passes you with only a small amount of room to spare, it can not only be extremely startling but it can also make maintaining your balance quite difficult. That’s because of the basic physics involved. Sadly, something went very wrong last week that led to the death of a rider.
According to several reports, an unidentified 33-year-old male and resident of Las Vegas was riding his bicycle on State Route 604 near Sloan Road at approximately 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday morning. As he was heading in a southbound direction, the driver of a tractor-trailer came up from behind him and attempted to make a pass. At that point, the rider fell and wound up under the larger vehicle. He was run over and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are still investigating the situation and have not provided a definitive cause for the crash.
First, we’d like to offer our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of the man who was killed in this Las Vegas bicycle accident. We hope that the people grieving this loss are able to come together and help each other through this difficult time. Secondly, we hope that the police are able to work through this investigation soon so that everyone who has been affected by this untimely death can achieve some form of closure.
It seems that when determining potential liability, the question may come down to whether the fall from the bicycle was caused by the vehicle or whether the bicyclist simply fell at the wrong time. It could also be a situation where both parties were at fault to some extent. What is known is that this crash will now become part of the statistics regarding Nevada bicycle accidents. Every year, hundreds of people are injured and nearly one person is killed every month.
If you have lost someone you love in a crash, you need to take some time to evaluate your legal rights and options. Contact the Las Vegas accident lawyers at Bernstein & Poisson today to schedule a free initial consultation.