Do You Know Nevada Electric Bicycle Laws?

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    January 25 2021

    Do You Know Nevada Electric Bicycle Laws?

    Did you know that more cyclists die on battery-powered bikes? Recent studies are showing that the risks of serious injuries and fatal accidents are higher with an electric bicycle. This is true even in Las Vegas. Recently, a Las Vegas man died after being struck by a car while riding an electric bicycle. Electric bicycle safety is the responsibility of both drivers and bicyclists. Laws are in place to help keep everyone safe. Do you know Nevada electric bicycle laws? If you are a Nevada driver or electric bicyclist, these laws could potentially save a life. Below we will provide Nevada electric bicycle laws.

    Have you been the victim in a Las Vegas electric bicycle accident? It is important that you protect your rights with the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer. Electric bicycle vehicle crashes are complex. Anthem Injury Lawyers has a dedicated team of lawyers and staff ready to help you with your personal injury case. Insurance companies are not motivated to pay you significant compensation. You need an experienced Las Vegas personal injury lawyer to fight for your rights. Contact us at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    What Is an Electric Bicycle?

    Before we provide Nevada electric bicycle laws, you may want to know Nevada’s definition of an electric bicycle. Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 484B.017 defines “electric bicycle” as the following:

    • A device upon which a person may ride, having two or three wheels, or every such device generally recognized as a bicycle that has fully operable pedals and is propelled by a small electric engine which produces not more than 1 gross brake horsepower and which produces not more than 750 watts final output, and:

    1. Is designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground but is not a tractor; and

    2. Powered solely by such a small electric engine, is capable of a maximum speed of not more than 20 miles per hour on a flat surface while carrying an operator who weighs 170 pounds.

    The term does not include a moped or an electric scooter.

    Nevada Revised Statute 484A.025

    In addition to the above statute, Nevada also has a statute that defines “bicycle.” Under NRS 484A.025, “bicycle” means:

    • A device propelled by human power upon which a person may ride, having two tandem wheels either of which is over 14 inches in diameter, or every such device generally recognized as a bicycle though equipped with two front or two rear wheels except a moped.

    Now that you understand how Nevada defines electric bicycle, we will discuss Nevada electric bicycle laws. If you are injured in a Las Vegas electric bicycle accident that is not your fault, consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Anthem Injury Lawyers are an experienced team of personal injury lawyers. Our office is in Henderson and we handle personal injury cases in Las Vegas and vicinity. Don’t wait:benefit from the advantage of time to have us build your personal injury case and win you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    What Are Nevada Electric Bicycle Laws?

    Are you a Nevada driver or electric bicyclist? Maybe you are both. No matter your mode of transportation, you need to know Nevada electric bicycle laws. These laws are designed to keep everyone safe. Drivers who violate these laws could injure others on the road. Electric bicyclists injured by drivers who fail to follow these laws may be able to sue drivers for their injuries. Below we provide portions of Nevada electric bicycle laws. Stay safe on the roads and follow these laws.

    Nevada Revised Statute 484B.763

    NRS 484B.763 applies traffic laws to electric bicyclists. It states the following (in part):

    Every person riding an electric bicycle upon a roadway has all of the rights and is subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle except as otherwise provided in NRS 484B.767 to 484B.790, inclusive, and except as to those provisions of chapters 484A to 484E, inclusive, of NRS which by their nature can have no application.

    Nevada Revised Statute 484B.777

    NRS 484B.777 applies to any person operating an electric bicycle on a roadway. It provides the following (in part):

    1. Every person operating an electric bicycle upon a roadway shall, except:

    (a) When traveling at a lawful rate of speed commensurate with the speed of any nearby traffic;

    (b) When preparing to turn left; or

    (c) When doing so would not be safe,

    ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction.

    2. Persons riding electric bicycles upon a roadway shall not ride more than two abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of electric bicycles.

    Nevada Revised Statute 484B.270

    NRS 484B.270 provides for the driver’s duty of care. Portions of the statute are included below.

    Nevada Revised Statute 484B.270(1)

    NRS 484B.270(1) provides that the driver of a motor vehicle shall not intentionally interfere with the movement of a person lawfully riding an electric bicycle.

    Nevada Revised Statute 484B.270(2)

    When overtaking or passing an electric bicycle proceeding in the same direction, the driver of a motor vehicle shall exercise due care and:

    (a) If there is more than one lane for traffic proceeding in the same direction, move the vehicle to the lane to the immediate left, if the lane is available and moving into the lane is reasonably safe; or

    (b) If there is only one lane for traffic proceeding in the same direction, pass to the left of the electric bicycle at a safe distance, which must be not less than 3 feet between any portion of the vehicle and the electric bicycle and shall not move again to the right side of the highway until the vehicle is safely clear of the overtaken electric bicycle.

    Nevada Revised Statute 484B.270(3)

    Under NRS 484B.270(3), a motor vehicle driver shall yield the right-of-way to any person riding an electric bicycle on the pathway or lane. The driver shall not enter, stop, stand, park or drive within a pathway or lane provided for bicycles, electric bicycles or electric scooters except:

    (a) When entering or exiting an alley or driveway;

    (b) When operating or parking a disabled vehicle;

    (c) To avoid conflict with other traffic;

    (d) In the performance of official duties;

    (e) In compliance with the directions of a police officer; or

    (f) In an emergency.

    If a Nevada driver fails to yield the right-of-way and injures you on an electric bicycle, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Las Vegas Anthem Injury Lawyers is a team of experienced, dedicated personal injury lawyers and case managers. Based in Henderson, Nevada, we work with clients all over the Las Vegas area. Our dedicated team will work aggressively to protect your rights and help you receive maximum compensation. Benefit from our knowledge of Nevada electric bicycle laws. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    Nevada Revised Statute 484B.780

    Per NRS 484B.780, no person operating an electric bicycle shall carry any package, bundle, or article which prevents the driver from keeping at least one hand upon the handle bars.

    Nevada Revised Statute 484B.783

    NRS 484B.783 requires lamps, reflectors, and brakes on electric bicycles. Pursuant to NRS 484B.783(1), every electric bicycle when used at night must be equipped with the following:

    • A front lamp which emits white light
    • Reflective material on both sides of the bicycle
    • A rear red reflector

    Under NRS 484B.783(2), every electric bicycle must be equipped with the following:

    • A brake which will enable the operator to make the wheels skid on dry, level, clean pavement.

    Nevada Revised Statute 484B.770

    NRS 484B.770(1) states that a person propelling an electric bicycle shall not ride other than upon or astride a permanent and regular seat attached thereto.

    Under NRS 484B.770(2), no electric bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped.

    Nevada Revised Statute 484B.768

    NRS 484B.768 requires electric bicyclists to use signals when turning. It states the following (in part):

    1. Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2, an operator of an electric bicycle upon a roadway shall not turn from a direct course unless the movement may be made with reasonable safety and the operator gives an appropriate signal. The operator shall give the appropriate signal at least one time but is not required to give the signal continuously.

    2. An operator of an electric bicycle is not required to give a signal if:

    (a) The electric bicycle is in a designated turn lane; or

    (b) Safe operation of the electric bicycle requires the operator to keep both hands on the electric bicycle.

    Nevada Revised Statute 484B.769

    NRS 484B.769 provides that an electric bicyclist operating upon a roadway shall do the following:

    • Give all signals by hand and arm in the manner required by NRS 484B.420. Except that the operator may give a signal for a right turn by extending their right hand and arm horizontally and to the right side of the electric bicycle.

    Nevada Revised Statute 484B.420

    Under NRS 484B.420, all signals given by hand and arm shall be given by hand and arm extended beyond the left side of the vehicle in the following manner, and shall indicate the turns that follow:

    1. Left turn: Hand and arm extended horizontally.

    2. Right turn: Hand and arm extended upward.

    3. Stop or decrease speed: Hand and arm extended downward.

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