A bicycle accident can drastically change your life in an instant. You might have physical injuries and significant emotional scars. No matter how great of a bicyclist you might be, an accident can happen to anyone. When it does, you worry about how you’re going to pay for medical bills and support your family.

The good news is that you have options. When you suffer a bicycle injury in Nevada, you might have questions about trying to get the compensation that you deserve. Nevada’s personal injury laws are there to help people who suffer from bicycle accidents. However, you might not know where to start.

The Basics of Personal Injury Court

In Nevada, the Eighth Judicial District Court for Clark County hears most personal injury cases. That’s the court your case goes to if you’re seeking $10,000 or more. If your case seeks only a small amount of money, it might go to a small claims court instead.

Civil and criminal cases

A case can be civil, or it can be criminal. A civil case asks another person for money damages or it asks a person or the court to take a certain action. In civil court, no one risks a criminal record. Instead, someone might have to pay money or do something. That’s what happens when you bring a lawsuit for your bicycle injuries with Naqvi Injury Law.

Sometimes, there might be a criminal case at the same time. You might be hurt because a person commits a crime. One example of this is if the person that hit you is a drunk driver. The person might face charges from the state attorney at the same time that you bring a case to recover damages.

What’s the difference?

Civil and criminal court try to accomplish different things. In criminal court, the goal is to pay a debt to society and keep society safe. While this often includes paying restitution to the injured victim, the rules and standards for paying restitution are different in criminal court than they are in civil court. In criminal court, restitution is typically for only out-of-pocket losses that you’ve already suffered. 

In civil court, there’s much more focus on getting you compensation for all of the damages that you’ve incurred and may continue to incur. The court looks much deeper to establish your losses and compensate you for the abrupt changes you’ve suffered because of the bicycle crash. The standards to determine fault are different in civil court than they are in criminal court, and they are less stringent in civil court. That means, you’re more likely to win the civil case.

Explore your options

If you’ve been hurt in an accident, it’s important to explore all of your options. Don’t assume that a criminal case can fully protect your rights. Working with a personal injury attorney can help you identify all of the different ways in which you might be able to recover for your losses.