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Injured In A Motorcycle Accident? Our Attorneys Can Help
Nevada is blessed with warm, sunny weather and beautiful geography. Motorcycle riders take full advantage of these scenes, riding anywhere from Red Rock Canyon to the Lake Mead Recreational Area and everywhere in between. However, motorcycle riders are at a distinct disadvantage to motorists in cars or commercial trucks. This disadvantage is most pronounced during collisions.
If you were injured while riding a motorcycle in or around Las Vegas and Henderson, or a loved one was the victim of a fatal motorcycle crash, speak with an attorney right away. By retaining Las Vegas motorcycle accident lawyers, you have someone on your side who knows the law and can protect your rights. You have someone to fight for the financial recovery you deserve.
Contact Oronoz & Ericsson Injury Lawyers today at (702) 878-2889 or through our online form. We are highly experienced and respected personal injury and wrongful death attorneys. We have a track record of obtaining excellent results for our clients while providing compassionate and comprehensive client services.
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We Handle All Types of Motorcycle Accidents
- Head-on collision
- Read-end collision
- Sudden stop accident
- Left-turn accident
- Side impact “T-bone” accident
- Lane splitting accident
- Blindspot accident
- Unsafe lane change or merging collision
- Car door accident
- High-speed crash
- Drunk driving accident
- Defective and dangerous road accident
- Work zone accident
Nevada Motorcycle Laws
Every state has its own set of motorcycle accident laws, which can become relevant following a serious motorcycle accident. If you were injured in a crash, talk with a Las Vegas motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible. Your lawyer can review whether you were abiding by all Nevada motorcycle laws at the time of the crash. If you were not, your lawyer would prepare to address this during your claim for compensation.
Some important motorcycle laws in Nevada include:
- License: Riders must obtain a valid motorcycle (Class M) license before they can ride.
- Helmets: Nevada riders must wear helmets that meet Department of Transportation standards.
- Protective gear: If a motorcycle does not have a windshield or windscreen, a rider must wear goggles or a protective shield.
- Lane splitting: Nevada law prohibits motorcyclists from riding between lanes of traffic. There are no local exceptions.
- Lane sharing: Two motorcycle riders can share a lane, riding abreast of each other. The riders must have agreed to do so beforehand.
- Passengers: Passengers are only allowed if the motorcycle is built to seat two or in an attached sidecar.
Nevada also has many laws that control the style of the motorcycle, including height restrictions on handlebars, mirrors, front and back lights, reflectors, and more. If you are worried the other driver will blame a minor legal violation on the crash, contact us today.
Common Causes of Motorcycle CrashesMotorcycle accidents occur for myriad reasons. Our Las Vegas motorcycle accident lawyers have found some of the most common reasons to be:
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Making unsafe lane changes
- Stopping suddenly
- Failing to keep a lookout
- Opening doors in motorcyclist’s path
- Violating a traffic signal or device
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Who Is Responsible for a Motorcycle Accident?
The party who is responsible for a crash is the person or entity whose carelessness, recklessness, or intentional misconduct directly caused the collision to occur. In most motorcycle accident claims, a motorcycle accident lawyer investigates the crash for evidence of who was negligent.
What Is Negligence?
Every driver is required to act as a reasonably prudent person would under the circumstances. This is a duty of care, and to adhere to it, motorists must obey the rules of the road and operate their vehicles carefully. Motorists are reasonable for driving in a way that reduces the risk of a crash.
When a motorist is careless, reckless, or intentionally violated a traffic ordinance, and this conduct leads to a crash, then that motorist is said to be negligent. Their negligence makes them responsible for compensating those injured in the crash.
Comparative Negligence in Nevada
In some motorcycle accidents, it is clear that one driver is entirely to blame. However, not all collisions are so clear cut. It may be that the other driver partly blames the motorcycle rider. Or, their may be more than one at-fault vehicle involved.
When each party blames the other, Nevada’s modified comparative negligence rule applies. The insurer, judge, or jury determines how much each party is to blame and assigns each party a percentage.
As long as you are less than half at fault, you can still obtain compensation. However, the insurer or jury will reduce your settlement or court award by your percentage of fault.
If you are found to be 50% or more at fault for the crash, then you are prohibited from receiving compensation.
The party that was negligent and directly caused the crash may not be the party we demand compensation from. In certain circumstances, liability lies with another party. This occurs in several situations, but the most common is when an on-duty employee caused the motorcycle accident.
If we determined the driver who caused your motorcycle crash injuries was employed and working at the time, then we will file a claim against the business’s insurance. We also may file a lawsuit against both the employee and the business in pursuit of full and fair compensation for your injuries.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
- Facial and dental injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Other open or closed head injuries
- Other neck injuries
- Road rash
- Severe soft tissue injuries
- Fractured bones in the hands, wrists, or arms
- Fractured bones in the feet and legs
- Fractured pelvis
- Herniated discs
- Other back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Nerve damage
Motorcycle Accident Damages
Whatever led to the motorcycle crash and your injuries, a Las Vegas motorcycle accident lawyer will fight hard for you to receive the maximum compensation possible.
Depending on the type and extent of your injuries, as well as the other party’s conduct, we will pursue compensation for your past and future:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages and employment benefits
- Property damage
- Other out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Reduced earning potential
- Loss of quality of life
- Harm to the spousal relationship
- Punitive damages
There is no way to determine the value of your claim without talking to an experienced attorney. We will have a candid discussion with you regarding the factors that can increase or decrease a potential settlement or court award. A factor like the egregiousness of the at-fault party’s behavior can increase the value of your claim. However, the at-fault party’s policy limit and lack of personal financial resources can limit your recovery.
The Motorcycle Accident Claims Process
If you were injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, call Oronoz & Ericsson Injury Lawyers to speak with a Las Vegas motorcycle accident attorney immediately. We will guide you through the insurance claim and litigation processes in pursuit of fair compensation.
Our team will:
- Support your medical care: We will work to ensure you receive all of the medical care you need, including specialists, to heal to the fullest extent possible. We understand future medical bills are frightening. We will work with your medical providers to avoid your unpaid bills being sent to collections while you pursue a settlement.
- Pursue an independent investigation: When we are confident you have the medical care you need, we will dive into a thorough and independent investigation. We will gather the police report, any photos and videos of the crash, and eyewitness statements. We will look into the other party’s driving records, including whether they have a history of traffic tickets or collisions. We may recommend filing a lawsuit as soon as possible. Through the pretrial discovery process, we can gather more evidence from the other parties. Depending on the complexities of your case or injuries, we may hire one or more experts.
- Communicate with the insurer: While you are healing or grieving for the loss of a family member, we will deal with the insurance company. We can make the original claim, work with the adjuster to prove your damages, and then handle the settlement negotiations or any complications that arise.
- Calculate your damages: We will work closely with you, your medical providers, and any necessary experts to determine the full value of your claim.
- Negotiate a fair settlement: Following many motorcycle accidents, we are proud to have negotiated the best possible settlements for our clients. We know how important this compensation is to you and your family, and we refuse to back down from a fight.
- File a lawsuit: Depending on the complexity of the accident and how well the insurance claim process moves forward, we may recommend filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. In some cases, a lawsuit is to aid our investigation. It also shows the insurance company we are serious about your recovery. In other cases, filing a lawsuit and taking your claim to trial is the only way to effectively pursue compensation.
- Resolve your claim: Our goal is typically to resolve your claim through an insurance settlement as soon as possible. If we cannot obtain you a pretrial settlement, we may recommend demanding compensation in court. At that point, we will present the evidence as persuasively as possible, and it will be up to the judge or jury to decide if the other party is at fault. If a jury decides the case in your favor, the jury will decide the amount of compensation.
Statute of Limitations
When you are injured in a motorcycle accident, you have two years from the date of the crash to file a lawsuit.
Also, if you lost a parent, spouse, or child in a motorcycle accident, you have two years from the date of your loved one’s death to file suit.
Contact Our Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Today
To learn more about how Oronoz & Ericsson Injury Lawyers can help after a serious motorcycle crash in Nevada, use our online form or call (702) 878-2889. We have helped motorcycle accident victims for years obtain the compensation they are entitled to under the law.