Measuring the Issue
Thousands of bicycle crashes occur nationwide each year, so improving overall bicycle safety is an essential component of improving our roadways. To better understand the prevalence of this issue, here are some concerning 2019 statistics from the Nevada Department of Transportation:
- 95% of fatal bicycle crashes occurred in urban areas.
- 83% of fatal bicycle crashes were in Clark County.
- 49% of fatal bicycle crashes were during the weekend.
Tips to Remember
No matter if you’ve just learned how to ride a bicycle, are a seasoned professional, or are teaching little ones what to do, there are several tips and tricks you can employ to improve overall safety. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- You must be able to have one hand on the handlebars at all times—even if carrying items, per Nevada state law.
- Cyclists must follow all traffic laws and can be cited if not doing so.
- Helmets are not legally required but are strongly encouraged by the Nevada Department of Transportation.
- Use hand signals to alert drivers when you are turning or changing lanes. This is also state law.
- Know how to identify road hazards like wet areas and potholes.
- Cyclists must have visible reflectors/lights if choosing to ride during the night time.
- Avoid wearing headphones or earbuds so you can stay alert.
- Do not ride when under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Look both ways before crossing an intersection or entering lanes.
Bicycle Collision? Call Bertoldo Carter Smith & Cullen for Assistance
The team at Bertoldo Carter Smith & Cullen is here to protect you and your family following a bicycle crash caused by a negligent individual that left you with injuries. Our Las Vegas attorneys can help ensure your rights are protected. Schedule a free consultation to discuss your options by calling (702) 505-8115.