Do You Know Nevada Bicycle Laws?
A crash between a bicycle and a car can be deadly. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that there were 857 bicyclists killed in traffic crashes in the United States in 2018. Even if a bicyclist survives the traffic crash, they are still likely to suffer serious injuries. Bicycle safety is the responsibility of both drivers and bicyclists. Laws are in place to help keep everyone safe. Do you know Nevada bicycle laws? If you are a Nevada driver or bicyclist, these laws could potentially save a life. Below we will discuss Nevada bike accident laws.
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What Are Nevada Bicycle Laws?
If you are a Nevada driver or bicyclist, you may be wondering how you can be bicycle smart. The best way to be bicycle smart is to follow Nevada bicycle laws. These laws are designed to keep everyone safe. Drivers who violate these laws may be subject to criminal penalties. 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 bicycle laws. Follow these laws to help keep everyone safe.
Nevada Revised Statute 484B.763
NRS 484B.763 applies traffic laws to bicyclists. It states the following (in part):
Every person riding a 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.
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Nevada Revised Statute 484B.777
NRS 484B.777 applies to any person operating a bicycle on a roadway. It provides the following (in part):
1. Every person operating a 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 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 bicycles.
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Nevada Revised Statute 484B.270
NRS 484B.270 provides for the driver’s duty of care. Portions of the statute are included below.
Under NRS 484B.270(1), the driver of a motor vehicle shall not intentionally interfere with the movement of a person lawfully riding a bicycle.
When overtaking or passing a 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 bicycle at a safe distance, which must be not less than 3 feet between any portion of the vehicle and the bicycle and shall not move again to the right side of the highway until the vehicle is safely clear of the overtaken bicycle.
Pursuant to NRS 484B.270(3), a motor vehicle driver shall yield the right-of-way to any person riding a bicycle on the pathway or lane. The driver shall not enter, stop, stand, park or drive within a pathway or lane provided for bicycles 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.
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Nevada Revised Statute 484B.780
Per NRS 484B.780, no person operating a 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 bicycles. Pursuant to NRS 484B.783(1), every bicycle when used at night must be equipped with the following:
- A front lamp which emits white light
- A rear red reflector
- Reflective material on both sides of the bicycle
Nevada Revised Statute 484B.770
NRS 484B.770(1) states that a person propelling a bicycle shall not ride other than upon or astride a permanent and regular seat attached thereto.
Under NRS 484B.770(2), no 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 bicyclists to use signals when turning. It states the following (in part):
1. Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2, an operator of a 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 a bicycle is not required to give a signal if:
(a) The bicycle is in a designated turn lane; or
(b) Safe operation of the bicycle requires the operator to keep both hands on the bicycle.
Nevada Revised Statute 484B.769
Under NRS 484B.769, a bicyclist operating upon a roadway shall 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 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.
4. Reentering lane of traffic from parked position: Hand and arm extended horizontally.
Nevada Revised Statute 484B.307
Under NRS 484B.307, a bicyclist may continue through a red light when the signal has not detected them. If a bicycle is not detected by a traffic signal, the bicyclist may move left, right, or through the signal after they have waited two traffic light cycles. Under such a condition, a bicyclist moving on a red light must yield to pedestrians and other traffic.
When it comes to Nevada bicycle laws, it’s best to let experienced bicycle accident lawyers represent you to protect your rights. The above statutes are complex and do not cover every Nevada law that applies to drivers and bicyclists. If you are injured by a driver in Nevada, it is important to work with an experienced Nevada lawyer. Anthem Injury Lawyers has experienced bicycle accident lawyers who are ready to help you. We have won significant compensation for a large number of clients who were hurt in bicycle accidents in the Las Vegas area. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
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We hope you stay safe on the roads. If a car accident has injured you or a loved one, you should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Some people think there’s no need to have a lawyer represent them. They believe they can handle the case themselves. Due to the complexities of the law, it can be challenging if not impossible to get the compensation you are due, without the expertise of a Las Vegas bicycle accident lawyer. A personal injury lawyer will work aggressively to protect your rights and help you receive maximum compensation.
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