The United States is a nation on the move. From the cars that Americans use in all aspects of their daily lives to the trucks that transport goods from the source to the store, motor vehicles are intricately entwined in the fabric of society. Unfortunately, there is a price attached. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 35,766 fatal car accidents occurred on roadways across the United States in 2020, another 1,593,390 crashes resulted in injuries, and 3,621,681 caused property damage.

No one expects to be involved in a motor vehicle accident, but unfortunately, it happens more often than we like to think. This includes cycling collisions. Individuals who ride their bicycles for recreation or as their main source of transportation are equally susceptible to experiencing a motor vehicle accident. Whether your collision involves a fellow cyclist, a pedestrian, or an automobile, the fact remains that the accident has had — and may continue to have — a profound effect on your life and possibly the lives of your loved ones.

You may be in physical pain from your cycling accident injuries, making it difficult or impossible to perform tasks you once took for granted. You may be unable to work, care for your home, shop or participate in family activities. If your injuries are severe, you may find that changing your clothes, preparing a simple snack, or taking care of your grooming needs is beyond your abilities. You may have to rely on family members or hire a caregiver to help you with even the most basic tasks.

When an individual suffers from the effects of a bicycle accident, their loved ones are also directly impacted. Your parents or adult children may have to help with your personal care or contribute to your financial support. Your spouse may need to work longer hours or take a second job. If you have young children, they may not understand why you can no longer do the things that made your time together so special. Plans for a vacation, a new house, a college education, or a new car may need to be postponed indefinitely.

In addition to the physical pain, victims of cycling collisions also endure emotional distress. Even if your injuries have not left you completely disabled, the concern over your mounting medical bills is the source of a lot of stress and anxiety. If you cannot work, how can you continue to pay your normal bills and those related to your medical care?

The uncertainty of what the future will hold as a result of your unexpected cycling accident is overwhelming. If you suffered a severe injury, you will likely need an extended period of rehabilitation — only adding to the bills you are unable to pay without having the ability to be gainfully employed during your recovery process. With a career plan that has been sidetracked, you may be forced to transition to a different occupation. All of this is far from ideal and not something the majority of people plan for.

As you wonder when or if you will get your old life back or experience some semblance of normalcy, it seems unfair that you are suffering for someone else’s negligence. Although no one can turn back the clock to the time before your accident, there are laws that were enacted to help those injured due to a driver’s negligence.

In the United States, driving is a privilege that comes with a responsibility. Drivers have an obligation to operate their vehicles in a safe, reasonable manner. This means that they should not drive while impaired, allow themselves to be distracted, ignore traffic signs, exceed the speed limit, or otherwise operate their vehicles in an unsafe manner. When drivers breach their duty and injure another party, that party is entitled to seek financial compensation. Financial compensation can include payments for medical expenses, lost wages, property losses, loss of future income, and payments for the injured person’s pain and suffering.

If you have been injured in a cycling accident, a personal injury attorney can evaluate your situation and help you seek the compensation you deserve. At Lloyd Baker Injury Attorneys, our practice is devoted to matters related to personal injury law. From our offices in Las Vegas and Phoenix, we serve clients who are residents of or were injured in the states of Arizona and Nevada. Our attorneys are knowledgeable and experienced, and we are willing to fight for your right to be fairly compensated. To date, we have collected more than $117 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients.

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It is extremely important to go to the hospital immediately after the accident; at the very least, you should be seen by your physician. You may not notice symptoms immediately, especially if you have suffered a concussion or an injury to the soft tissue. A delay in seeking medical help can weaken your case. The insurance company may use your delay to argue that your injuries are not serious enough to justify compensation, that your injuries were not a result of the accident, or that you are attempting to secure as much compensation as possible without having a meaningful claim.

If you have health insurance, the hospital or your doctor can bill your insurance company. The company can then seek to recover the cost of your care from the driver who was at fault. Depending on your policy, you may still be liable for copays or deductibles, but those amounts can be included in your suit.

Certain hospitals and doctors will treat people injured in car accidents on a credit basis. It depends on the liability issues involved in your case and the provider’s policies. Furthermore, if your automobile insurance includes personal injury protection or medical payments coverage, you are probably covered. Your policy may have limitations, and your insurance company may be entitled to seek recovery from the other driver’s insurance company.

It is possible, but it is neither likely nor wise. First, your attorney would need to be admitted to practice law in Nevada. Second, a local attorney is much more familiar with the Nevada court system, the judges, and the resources that you or your case may need.

If the owner of the vehicle gave the driver either implied or express permission to use the vehicle, the owner’s liability coverage extends to the driver. Express permission means that the owner gave explicit approval to the driver. Implied permission could be a history of the driver using the vehicle regularly. Furthermore, according to Nevada law, the vehicle’s owner is jointly liable for injuries caused by any member of his immediate family who resides in the home and who drives the vehicle.

The driver’s insurance or the insurance he obtained from the rental agency will include liability coverage. If the rental agency failed to properly maintain the vehicle, rented to a minor, or was otherwise negligent in its duty, the agency may also be included in your lawsuit.

If you are injured in an auto accident, you need to call the police. The police report will be a critical piece of evidence in your case. If you are mobile, you can take pictures of the scene and the damages, exchange information with the other driver, or ask witnesses for their contact information. Do not make any statements about your fault or speculate about what happened. As soon as possible, report the accident to your insurance agent or company.

It is advisable to consult an experienced attorney and follow his recommendations. The defendant’s insurance company will work hard to find evidence to undermine your claim, so the company’s representatives will want to know about your prior injuries or ask you to make a statement, hoping that you will offer something that can be used against you. It is best if you simply refer them to your attorney.

The first offer from the other insurance company is almost certain to be less than you deserve. However, after negotiating with the company, your attorney may recommend that you settle. It depends on your case.

You may be eligible for a variety of economic damages as well as noneconomic damages. In some cases, punitive damages can also be awarded.
  • Economic damages are those that can be assigned a fixed monetary value. They include the repair or replacement of your vehicle, your medical expenses that are related to the accident, and your future and past earnings.
  • Noneconomic damages are meant to compensate you for damages that cannot be assigned a fixed monetary value. They include your mental anguish if you suffer a mental or physical impairment, your pain and suffering, and your loss of the ability to enjoy life.
  • Punitive damages can be assessed to punish someone where that was an intent to inflict harm, the driver was guilty of reckless endangerment, or the driver was driving under the influence or guilty of another type of criminal misconduct.
  • An attorney who has extensive experience in the area of auto accident law can be an extremely valuable member of your team.
At Lloyd Baker Injury Attorneys, we will work hard to help you during this trying time. We have the experience and resources you need. We offer free case consultations, so schedule yours today!

There is no simple way to determine whether you have a case unless you consult an experienced attorney. In general, however, your fault should be 51 percent or less. You must also have suffered financial loss or an injury as a direct result of the accident.