What is a Ghost Bike? Remembering, Educating and Advocating after a Bicycle Accident in Las Vegas
In the last few years, a few painted white bicycles have popped up around Las Vegas, memorializing cyclists who have tragically died in accidents, and creating awareness and educating others to be more cautious. Last year, the most significant memorial yet – a cluster of eight bicycles, was placed at Zappos’ corporate headquarters in downtown Las Vegas, and later moved to Las Vegas Cyclery. The eight bicycles represented eight fatalities in 2017.
Ghost bikes are not unique to Las Vegas. There are hundreds of ghost bikes all around the world, and no single organization governs the installation of ghost bikes. The Las Vegas ghost bike group can be found at https://www.facebook.com/ghostbikeslv.
What Is Ghost Bikes Las Vegas?
Ghost Bikes Las Vegas is a volunteer community initiative to memorialize fallen cyclists and raise awareness about bicycle safety and preventing future accidents. It places white “ghost bikes” at locations where cyclists have been struck and killed as stirring reminders for both drivers and cyclists to be more cautious on the road. Ghost Bikes co-founder Pat Treichel told the Review Journal in 2019: “Our entire goal and our mission statement is to never go out and place another ghost bike.” Some bicycle memorials have placards educating people about what they can do to prevent accidents.
Educating Drivers About Sharing the Road
One of the goals of Ghost Bikes Las Vegas is to educate motorists about Nevada laws, including that they MUST leave at least 3 feet of clearance when passing a cyclist. The 3 Foot Passing Bill, SB248, was passed by the Legislature, signed by the Governor and will become the law in Nevada on October 1, 2011. The law mandates that motorists must pass a bicyclist no closer than 3 feet. Drivers who are reckless or negligent and cause a fatal or injury accident may be cited and face criminal charges.
Additionally, they may be responsible for financial damages in a civil lawsuit. This is known as a personal injury or wrongful death claim. The case may be settled out of court or tried before a judge or jury.
Preventing Bicycle Accidents
Accident investigations are continual reminders that accidents are almost always preventable. As drivers, we have the responsibility to keep our eyes peeled for others on the road, especially bicyclists and pedestrians. Especially at dawn and dusk and at night, other people may be difficult to see. Following the speed limit, not allowing yourself to be distracted by technology, and keeping a constant scan out for motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians can prevent many accidents. If you pass a cyclist, make sure you have a good margin, at least 3 feet.
What to Do Following a Bicycle Accident in Las Vegas
If you or a loved one has been involved in a bicycle accident in Las Vegas, please contact LV Personal Injury Lawyers as soon as possible for more information. We can review the facts of the accident and determine if negligence may have been the cause of the accident, such as reckless driving, unsafe passing, drunk driving or distracted driving. If the driver of the vehicle was deemed to be at fault, you may be able to hold the driver accountable in a Nevada personal injury or wrongful death claim.
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