According to reports, a Las Vegas resident was hospitalized and listed in critical condition after being involved in a hit-and-run crash while riding her bicycle.
Theresa Melissa Norfolk, a 52-year-old woman, was crossing Cheyenne Avenue at Las Vegas Boulevard North around 11:30 p.m. when she was hit by a vehicle and thrown from her bicycle. According to police, Norfolk was crossing at a crosswalk when the hit-and-run took place. Her black mountain bike was still lodged underneath the front of the vehicle when it fled the scene.
Police say the unknown driver went north on Las Vegas Blvd. before pulling into a deserted parking lot. The driver then removed the bicycle and continued to flee in the car. Norfolk was brought into University Medical Center where she was treated for critical injuries. Police have asked anyone with information to contact Metro’s accident investigation section.
The Dangers of Bicycling
Reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that the percentage of pedal-cyclist fatalities compared to overall fatal crashes has slowly increased since 2003. There were 726 people killed on bicycles after being involved in a motor vehicle traffic crash in 2012. Another 49,000 people were injured, accounting for two percent of all people injured in traffic crashes that particular year.
With its release of its 2012 report, the NHTSA also noted that drivers of motor vehicles must be aware and watchful of cyclists, including yielding to cyclists as directed by signals and signs and giving clearance of at least three feet when passing them on the road.
Lawyers Who Will Fight for Bicycle Accident Victims
Bicycles and motor vehicles may be subject to the same rules of traffic, but drivers of motor vehicles have an additional responsibility to be even more aware and careful when there is someone riding a bicycle in the area. A careless motor vehicle driver who collides with a bicyclist may be legally responsible for any physical, emotional or economic damages caused to the cyclist.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Miami bicycle accident due to the negligence of another person, the attorneys at Bernstein & Maryanoff may be able to help you. The lawyers at Bernstein & Maryanoff in Miami have the experience and financial resources needed to help you fight for compensation for injuries or losses you have suffered due to a bicycle accident. Contact our Miami office today for an initial consultation.