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Potential rule changes hope to reduce bicycle accidents

On Behalf of | Feb 17, 2021 | Bike-Accidents |

People ride bicycles in Las Vegas and throughout Nevada for a variety of reasons. It is an environmentally friendly activity, it enhances a person’s health, it saves money and provides other benefits. Still, as a deadly December accident that killed five riders in the state shows, their vulnerability is inherent. Reckless drivers, drivers who are under the influence, distracted drivers, drowsy drivers and drivers who simply make mistakes behind the wheel can hit bicyclists in an instant causing catastrophic injuries and death. It is important to remember the dangers and consider the available options after a collision.

Clark County may alter rules for rider safety

Las Vegas is part of Clark County and local officials are devising ways to make the roads safer. If put into effect, the new implementations will let riders use the middle of the road if certain conditions are in place. Drivers are already required to give riders three feet of room when sharing the road. The new rules would require riders to remain on the right side unless they are at the speed limit, making left turns or passing an object that makes it unsafe to stay on the right.

It was the accident in which five people were hit by a truck as they rode their bikes and lost their lives that sparked the proposed changes. Bicyclists are in constant jeopardy even if they obey the law and remain visible. In 2020, there were 10 bicycle fatalities in the state. In 2019, there were seven such deaths.

Long-term damage and death can result from a bicycle accident

Because bicyclists are so devoid of protection, a crash with an automobile can cause long-term injuries and fatalities. Brain trauma, spinal cord damage, broken bones, internal injuries and more can come about. The person may need rehabilitation, extensive care and other types of assistance that can be exorbitantly expensive. When there is a fatality, the family must think about how they will get past the unexpected loss in a personal and financial way. A legal filing could be needed to recover sufficient compensation.

Having legal assistance may be essential

It is imperative to remember that there is a statute of limitations to file a claim for injuries suffered in an accident in Nevada. Those who have been hurt within the previous two years can file a claim. People who have been injured and family members left behind should remember that help is available. Consulting with a firm that is experienced in personal injury claims and auto accidents can investigate the case and take the necessary steps to move forward with a legal filing.