A Guide to Bicycle Accident Claims in Nevada

Riding a bicycle on Nevada roads and highways poses unique risks, but bicyclists have legal protections if they suffer injuries in a crash caused by a negligent motorist. Like other accident victims, injured bicyclists have the right to pursue compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages by filing a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver.

This guide covers key issues related to bicycle accident claims in Nevada, including fault and liability rules, the compensation bicyclists can recover, and the statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit after a bike crash. With an understanding of Nevada bicycle accident laws and the claims process, injured victims can make informed choices about pursuing their best legal options with a personal injury accident lawyer.

Establishing Liability in Nevada Bicycle Crashes

As in other types of accidents, the concepts of fault and liability are central to bicycle injury claims. Nevada is a “comparative negligence” state, meaning bicyclists who share responsibility for causing an accident may still recover damages, but courts will reduce awards based on the bicyclist’s percentage of fault. However, if the court finds the bicyclist bore more than 50% of the blame for the crash, the bicyclist recovers nothing.

In bicycle accident court cases and insurance claims, Nevada accident injury lawyers investigate fault issues to build the strongest case possible attributing negligence to the driver. Sources for proving the motorist’s fault may include:

Police crash reports

Police crash reports provide official documentation of the accident circumstances from the perspective of officers arriving on the scene. Reports include statements given to police, factual assessments of vehicle positioning and damage, crash diagrams, and revelations about suspected causes drawn from physical evidence.

Statements from eyewitnesses

Eyewitness statements deliver critical insights into bicycle crashes from people personally observing the accident as it happens. An effective bike accident lawyer will identify and interview all possible witnesses at the scene while memories remain fresh, tracing vehicle paths before impact and closely examining external factors surrounding the incident.

Photographs and video from security or traffic cameras

Security camera and traffic video footage allows for precisely reconstructing the events leading up to collisions by capturing vehicles’ approaches before impact. Lawyers analyze timing, positioning, visibility, signals used, and other concrete evidence essential for demonstrating negligence and disputing questionable driver accounts contradicted on video.

Analysis by accident reconstruction experts

Specially trained accident reconstruction experts employ advanced photogrammetry, drone imagery, software modeling and investigative expertise interpreting physical evidence to scientifically determine crash causes and sequences. By explaining the technically complex factors producing crashes, reconstructionists provide opinion evidence attributing fault between parties.

Records of traffic citations issued to the driver

Traffic citations place the investigating officer’s authoritative legal judgment of blame for accidents on the driver’s violations of statutes protecting vulnerable road users. Citations become part of the driver’s permanent record, help suspension/revocation, raise insurance rates or even contribute proof of negligence if violations caused the bicycle crash.

Nevada law requires drivers to take special precautions around vulnerable road users like bicyclists and pedestrians. For example, the “three-foot rule” directs motorists to keep at least three feet of distance when passing bicycles. Drivers may face citations and civil liability for violations contributing to bike crashes.

Recovering Bicycle Accident Damages

Injured bicyclists often face staggering medical expenses for emergency transport, hospital and rehabilitative care, ongoing treatment, and prescriptions. At the same time, they lose income when injuries prevent them from working. These monetary losses—plus non-economic damages for pain, changed lifestyle, and diminished quality of life—may form the basis for the compensation sought in Nevada bicycle accident claims and lawsuits.

The precise value depends on the unique circumstances of each crash, the severity of injuries, insurance coverage amounts, and the policy limits available to satisfy claim settlements and court judgments. Working with an experienced Nevada bicycle accident lawyer from Karns & Karns Personal Injury and Accident Attorneys helps injured cyclists and their families pursue maximum compensation through aggressive negotiations out of court or by skillfully arguing their case in the courtroom.

Statute of Limitations in Nevada

Nevada law strictly limits the timeline for starting a bicycle accident lawsuit after the date of the crash. For adult bicyclists, the Nevada statute of limitations allows just two years to file a personal injury claim. The clock starts ticking on the statute of limitations on the actual date of the accident causing the injuries.

Different rules apply for bicyclists under the age of 18. Minors who suffer bike crash injuries have two years from the date they turn 18 to pursue a lawsuit against the negligent driver.

An experienced bicycle accident attorney from Karns & Karns Personal Injury and Accident Attorneys understands these deadlines and works promptly gathering evidence and building a strong liability case against the driver while memories are still fresh and witnesses available. By preserving the bicyclist’s legal rights early, we have the flexibility needed for full case investigation and settlement negotiation while keeping the courthouse doors open.

Why Hire a Nevada Bicycle Accident Lawyer?

After a Nevada bicycle crash, injury victims face physical trauma, emotional stress, lost income, and uncertainty about their legal position. They may struggle just focusing energy on recovery. In this situation, consulting an attorney who focuses exclusively on Nevada bicycle accident law brings important benefits:

  • Relieves stress dealing with insurance adjusters and complex legal processes
  • Thoroughly investigates liability facts with legal and expert assistance
  • Maximizes case compensation through assertive negotiation or litigation
  • Allows concentrating on healing while the lawyer protects legal rights
  • Provides personalized guidance at every step navigating the claims system

Bicyclists injured by negligent Nevada drivers can recover significant compensation—but only by understanding their legal rights and working with an experienced local personal injury attorney from Karns & Karns Personal Injury and Accident Attorneys.

After suffering life-altering harm in a bicycle crash, focus first on healing—then seek legal guidance about Nevada claim rights. We will thoroughly investigate liability while passionately advocating for the highest possible compensation through settlement or litigation. Don’t leave money on the table dealing directly with insurers who exploit lack of expertise when negotiating inadequate payouts. Bearing overwhelming medical burdens alone also delays recovery. Contact the team at Karns & Karns Personal Injury and Accident Attorneys today.

What’s the Statute of Limitations for Bicycle Accidents in California?

Riding a bike is a fantastic way to get around; it’s good for your health, inexpensive, and sustainable. However, there are also many risks, especially when cycling alongside the road. Even with full protective gear, being stuck in a vehicle can be catastrophic and may lead to lifelong physical pain, emotional distress, and financial hardships. If you’ve been involved in a bicycle accident in California, you can claim compensation within the two-year statute of limitations.

 

California Statute of Limitations

After suffering an injury in a bicycle accident, the most important thing is taking care of recovery, which can be a long and arduous journey. However, if you want to claim compensation to cover damages, you’ll have to get the ball rolling on putting a claim together. In California and many other states, the statute of limitations (time limit) on personal injury claims, including bicycle accident claims, is two years after the accident date.

Following medical assessments, the very first thing we recommend is contacting Karns & Karns Personal Injury and Accident Attorneys for a free consultation with an expert bicycle accident injury lawyer. There will be zero obligation and all you need is relevant evidence and a willingness to answer personal questions.

 

When Does the Statute of Limitation Not Apply?

There are only three circumstances that will set aside the two-year statute of limitations, and these are:

  • Minors. If the victim of a bicycle accident is considered a minor (under 18), the statute of limitations is put on hold (tolled) until their 18th birthday, and then the two years begin to count down.
  • Government negligence. If your bicycle was hit by a driver working for a governmental entity, there’s a completely different legal process to follow. Instead of the two-year statute of limitations, you will have only six months to file a claim with the government.

To find out the deadline for your individual circumstances, you’ll need to use an experienced bicycle accident law firm like Karns & Karns Personal Injury and Accident Attorneys. Our professional team will let you know what the deadlines are as well as provide you with tailored legal advice, and that’s all part of the free consultation.

 

What to Do Following a Bicycle Accident

Being involved in a bicycle accident can leave your brain feeling scrambled, and the last thing on your mind will be seeking compensation. However, the actions you take after the incident can impact your chances of filing a successful claim.

The very first thing you need to do following a bicycle accident is get to a safe place away from the road – if your injuries allow and it’s safe to do so. Once safe, you need to call 911 and report the incident to the police.

While you’re waiting for the police to arrive, quickly assess your wounds and collect essential information and evidence. To start with, you need to have details about the negligent driver including registration number and insurance details. We also recommend taking this time to talk with potential witnesses and collect their contact details. As well as this, you should take pictures of the scene from different angles.

The police will have likely arrived by now, at which point you need to tell them everything you remember in as much detail as possible. Make sure you note down the incident number because your bike accident lawyer will need it to build your case.

When the police tell you it’s okay to leave, the first thing you need to do is attend a medical assessment and collect any medical records. This is essential because we need to prove you were injured, the extent of the injuries, and how long they will impact your life.

Next up on your list of tasks is contacting Karns & Karns Personal Injury and Accident Attorneys to schedule a free consultation. We recommend doing this before getting in touch with your insurance company, as it allows the opportunity to discover the extent of the claim and decide which actions to take. As well as this, if you decide to work with our bike accident attorney, we will talk to any parties on your behalf.

 

Types of Recoverable Compensation in Bicycle Accident Cases

After being involved in an accident and suffering injuries, you will be able to claim compensation for a number of different damages. Aside from the obvious physical damage, the purpose of compensation is to cover medical expenses, which can be phenomenally high depending on the extent of the injuries and the recovery time.

If your injuries are serious enough to leave you out of work, compensation will account for any loss of earnings. This isn’t only up to the date of claim; it will cover any future loss of earnings if your rehabilitation extends the two-year period. We will liaise with medical professionals and your employers to prove the expense of your financial loss.

You can also claim for pain and suffering, which is the non-financial impact of your bicycle accident. This may include discomfort, a loss of enjoyment, the inability to do activities, and anything else impacted by the accident. Alongside this, you can claim damages for emotional trauma including PTSD, depression, and anxiety.

In cases where the victim sadly dies, certain remaining family members can bring those responsible to justice by filing a wrongful death lawsuit.

To make sure you get the compensation you deserve, you will need an experienced personal injury attorney backing your corner. We will investigate the accident from every angle possible, and we’ll guide you through the complex legal system to make sure you’re not coerced into taking a subpar settlement.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a bicycle accident in California, get in touch with Karns & Karns Personal Injury and Accident Attorneys now for a free consultation.