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Faulty pavement, cyclist injuries and the question of liability

On Behalf of | Jul 29, 2021 | Bike-Accidents, Blog, Personal Injury |

There are many fine roads and trails in Nevada for cyclists to use and you may take occasional opportunities to explore new areas.

However, you may not be able to avoid the dangers of faulty pavement. If a poorly maintained section of road causes you to fall, where does the responsibility for your injuries lie?

Traveling Nevada roadways

Although Nevada enjoys a high national ranking in terms of well-maintained roads, some are still unsafe in certain areas. Fixing a patch of road does not happen overnight and for one reason or another, an entity may delay making a needed road repair. In some cases, a dangerous road was not designed properly to begin with and continues to pose risks to both motorists and cyclists.

Gathering evidence

After an accident occurs, an investigation often begins to help determine the cause. In the more difficult cases, professionals such as accident reconstructionists may assist in gathering evidence before traffic or weather conditions cause important details to disappear. Forensic engineers will examine road design and any existing defects and determine whether maintenance issues had a role in causing the crash.

Assigning liability

If a pothole, uneven surface or roadway obstruction causes you to crash your bike and suffer injuries, you have the right to expect compensation to cover your medical expenses, lost wages and more. The state of Nevada shares road maintenance responsibilities with cities and counties. Depending on the location and cause of the accident, a cyclist who sustains injuries due to a poorly maintained thoroughfare may be able to hold one or more of these entities liable.