The safety of cyclists on the road is an important but sometimes overlooked issue. With rising gas prices and an increase in the collective awareness we have on our environment, more and more people are leaving their cars in the garage and instead riding their bikes to work or the store.

With more cyclists on the road, drivers have to be more cautious than ever while sharing the road with motorists. The number of accidents involving both pedestrians as well as cyclists has risen sharply in recent years. Cyclists must also be aware that, with a few exceptions, they are subject to the same laws and regulations that apply to motorists.

Cyclists should always be aware of their surroundings and not assume they are safe just because vehicles must yield to them. Cyclists must use crosswalks and obey traffic control devices. Their bicycles should be well maintained and properly equipped with the appropriate lights and reflectors. Cyclists should avoid using dark clothing when riding at night, even if their bike is equipped with reflectors.

Cyclists should always remember to make eye contact with drivers before attempting to cross the street or make a turn, especially at night. Waving to the driver is also a good way to make sure the driver has seen and acknowledged the cyclist.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a cycling accident through no fault of your own, an experienced Las Vegas bicycle accident attorney will be able to help guide you through the process of negotiating with the driver-at-fault’s insurance company. Las Vegas attorney Richard Harris and his team of highly skilled accident attorneys have been representing Las Vegas bicycle injury victims for over 30 years. The Richard Harris Law Firm is Las Vegas’ premiere law firm for accidents involving injured cyclists.