Nevada Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Being involved in a motorcycle accident can not only be physically, emotionally, and financially traumatic — it can be fatal. Motorcycle riders are much more likely to be involved in severe — and often life-threatening — vehicle collisions for several reasons. Because of their smaller size, limited driver protection, and minimal visibility on the road, motorcycles are significantly more vulnerable to accidents than a standard size vehicle.
In a 2016 analysis conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), researchers estimated that fatalities among motorcycle drivers occurred almost 28 times more frequently than those of standard size vehicles. Even in the most favorable conditions, motorcycle accidents do happen.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a serious motorcycle accident, you are most likely confused and frightened about what your next steps should be. At The Bourassa Law Group, we want you to know that you have every right to pursue legal action against all responsible parties. To receive the financial compensation that you deserve after a motorcycle accident, it’s extremely important that you seek legal advice from an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Our team of skilled Nevada motorcycle accident lawyers understand the complexities of the courtroom and will do everything in their power to get you the compensation you need to move forward with your life.
For a free, personalized evaluation of your case, contact our Nevada offices at (702) 851-2180 now to schedule a no-obligation consultation. At The Bourassa Law Group, we are committed to making you our top priority.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Even if you’re driving as carefully as you can on the road, motorcycle accidents can still happen. Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Unsafe lane switches – When a driver fails to check for blind spots or does not signal when changing lanes, that driver risks crashing into a motorcyclist
- “Dooring” accidents – Dooring accidents take place when the occupant of a parked vehicle unexpectedly opens their door in the path of an oncoming motorcyclist. The unsuspecting motorcyclist then collides with the open door, potentially be launched hundreds of feet in the air.
- Speeding – Speeding causes drivers to pay less attention to their surroundings, which increases the risk of an accident. Additionally, it takes a longer amount of time for a vehicle to come to a full stop from speeding. This means that a driver may not stop for a motorcyclist until it’s too late.
- Driving under the influence – Driving under the influence of alcohol is not only a criminal offense in Nevada, but it is also one of the leading causes of fatal motorcycle accidents. When a driver operates a vehicle while impaired with drugs or alcohol, that driver puts the lives of themselves and others at risk of a fatal collision.
- “Lane splitting” – Lane splitting is a traffic maneuver that takes place when a motorcycle drives in between two lanes of traffic. It is illegal to use lane splitting in Nevada because it is dangerous, especially for inexperienced motorcycle riders.
- Following too close – Following too close behind a vehicle can cause serious rear-end collisions in high-speed conditions. Because of the size and weight-difference, rear-end collisions between a standard-size vehicle and a motorcycle can result in an especially devastating accident.
- Inexperienced drivers – Because new drivers are unfamiliar with how to operate a vehicle on the road, they are more prone to making dangerous choices that could potentially put other drivers and motorcyclists at risk for a severe collision.
- Left-turn accidents – Left turns are more dangerous than right turns because of potential blind spots, right of way errors, and distance misjudgments. As a result, many motorcyclists are injured and killed by vehicles making left turns.
- Unsafe road conditions – Road conditions could be unsafe for several reasons. Icy, slick, or wet pavement during inclement weather could easily cause any driver to lose control of their vehicle. Additionally, roadway obstacles such as debris, potholes, or unmarked construction sites could prove to be fatal for a motorcyclist.
- Motorcycle defects – It’s imperative for any motorcycle rider to make sure their vehicle is in proper functioning condition. However, even if a rider does all they can to ensure the safety of their vehicle, that vehicle may still be manufactured with defects. Manufacturing defects could be fatal, especially if those defects interfere with a vehicle’s performance on the road.
Common Injuries Sustained from Motorcycle Accidents
Injury rates among motorcycle riders are higher than those of standard size vehicle drivers for several reasons. Motorcycles are exposed vehicles that do not typically have restraint systems, so riders could potentially be thrown hundreds of feet forward in an accident with a standard size vehicle.
In a report from the NHTSA, researchers found that more than 8.6 million motorcycle riders were severely injured in collisions with cars. Unfortunately, in many cases, motorcyclists will need to receive emergency room treatment for traumatic brain injuries after a collision. Some of the most common traumatic brain injuries include:
- Hematoma – A hematoma is a collection of blood that could possibly occur within the brain itself. It is usually caused by a high impact blow that is strong enough to burst blood vessels in the head. Hematomas can be a medical emergency because pooled blood can cause pressure to build up in the skull, and push on the brain.
- Hemorrhage – “Hemorrhaging” essentially means uncontrolled bleeding, which is a medical emergency in any situation. However, a hemorrhage is especially dangerous when it occurs within or around the brain. This is because the rapid loss of blood could cause permanent cognitive damage — and even death.
- Concussion – Concussions are the most common type of head injury because they can occur with just a very mild blow to the head. This injury takes place when the brain collides with the walls of the skull, causing it to shake and quickly move back and forth. Sometimes, a person who has sustained a concussion during a car accident may not even realize they’re injured until much later.
- Edema – The body’s natural healing response to injury is swelling and fluid release. However, this could be life-threatening after a brain injury, as the buildup of pressure in the skull could permanently damage cognitive function. Cerebral edema occurs when fluid builds up and increases pressure around the brain.
- Skull Fracture – A skull fracture occurs when a sudden high energy impact causes a break or crack in the skull. Motorcycle riders are especially prone to skull fractures if they are not wearing a helmet during a collision. Skull fractures can take place with or without damaging the brain.
What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
Although it’s simply not possible to control the behavior of other drivers on the road, there are precautions you can take to ensure your safety. Here are some easy habits that any motorcyclist can practice to reduce their risk of being involved in a collision:
- Be sure to follow all traffic laws carefully, and to refrain from driving aggressively
- Thoroughly inspect your motorcycle and protective gear before going out on the road
- Never make a trip without the appropriate safety gear, such as a helmet, vision-protection, and weather-appropriate clothing
Even if all drivers on the road carefully follow every traffic law, accidents still happen. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, there are some important steps that you should take immediately:
- First and foremost, ensure that everyone is a safe distance from the scene of the collision. If needed, call medical attention for anyone who may have sustained injuries during the accident.
- To file a detailed police report of the accident, contact the police as soon as possible. To refer this report to your insurance company, be sure to collect the names, badge numbers, and case number from the responding officers.
- Gather contact information from all parties involved — even witnesses. Make sure to collect names, addresses, phone numbers, license numbers, and insurance information from all involved drivers.
- Do not, under any circumstances, admit to being at fault for the accident. Even saying something as simple as “I’m sorry” could be an admittance of liability.
- Be sure to take photographs of the accident scene, and to make a personal account of what took place as soon as you can. Details are important for proving who is at-fault for vehicle accidents.
Contact The Bourassa Law Group Now
If you or someone you love has suffered from the impact of a motorcycle accident, you are most likely having a difficult time coping with the aftermath, especially if you are dealing with a severe injury or death.
At The Bourassa Law Group, we want you to understand that you do not have to face this devastating time alone. Our compassionate team of Nevada motorcycle accident lawyers will support your right to seek fair financial compensation from all responsible parties.
Contact us today at (702) 851-2180 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Rest assured, we are here to guide you through every step of the litigation process, and to fight for the compensation you deserve.
Frequently asked questions
The legal definition of a personal injury is when someone’s failure to use reasonable care in a particular situation results in another person’s physical, emotional, or psychological injury. Personal injury cases often rely on the elements of negligence to prove the responsible party’s actions were the cause of the other party’s injuries.
The length of a personal injury case depends on the type of case and various factors, such as the severity of the injury sustained and the duration of necessary treatment. A car accident case might take six months to resolve, while a wrongful death lawsuit could take two years. It all depends on the circumstances surrounding the case.
No. Whether you got hurt in a car accident or on someone else’s property, you should never speak with their liability insurance company about the claim. They try to save money whenever possible and could attempt to trick you into accepting a low settlement amount or intimidate you into dropping the case. Your Denver personal injury lawyer will handle all communication on your behalf.
It depends. A vast majority of personal injury cases settle out of court. When we file a claim with the insurance company, we’ll submit evidence that proves you deserve compensation for your injuries. Sometimes the insurer is willing to settle. Other times, they deny the claim or provide a settlement much lower than you deserve. Under those circumstances, we will file a lawsuit and take the case to court.
Mediation is a step during a lawsuit where both sides meet to try to reach an agreement. The mediator listens to the arguments on both the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s sides and attempts to resolve the issue. If they can reach an agreement, they will settle out of court, and the case will get dismissed. If they can’t resolve the matter, the case will proceed to trial.