In comparison to other types of automobiles, motorcyclists are at an increased risk of suffering serious bodily injury. This is generally true because their bodies are entirely exposed to oncoming elements where cars and trucks encase drivers and protect them to an extent.
Motorcycle accident injury victims often suffer far worse injuries than drivers in cars and trucks. The fact that they do not have seatbelts and that they are often invisible to other drivers makes them even more vulnerable on the roadway. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses. Call the Aaron Law Group today to speak with an aggressive and skilled motorcycle injury attorney today.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Between 2011 and 2015, close to 1,000 motorcyclists were seriously injured in accidents while driving on roads throughout Nevada. An addition, 250 motorcyclists involved in accidents lost their lives during this time. The majority of accidents involved individuals between 26 and 45-years-of-age.
According to the Southern Nevada Traffic Safety Coalition, individuals on motorcycles are eight times more likely to be injured in a crash when compared to car drivers on the road. Unfortunately, motorcyclists are 34% more likely to be killed in accidents than individuals in other types of vehicles.
Thankfully, there are only a few dozen motorcycle fatalities each year throughout the state of Nevada. Unfortunately, the majority of these accidents take place throughout the Las Vegas Metro area. Close to 75% of all motorcycle accidents in Nevada result in injuries to the motorcyclist, driver of the other vehicle, or to pedestrians nearby.
Hire An Aggressive Nevada Motorcycle Crash Attorney
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, chances are you were rushed from the scene to a nearby hospital and put through numerous tests and procedures to determine the extent of your injuries. You may end up having casts on broken limbs, have to use crutches to get around, or you may be temporarily or permanently wheelchair bound as a result. You may even face a future as a paraplegic or quadriplegic or suffer from cognitive problems due to head injuries sustained in the crash. When the Aaron Law Group represents injured motorcyclists, we perform extensive research to guarantee the best possible outcome for each case.
Although there are numerous causes for motorcycle accidents, motorcyclists are often blamed. The unfortunate truth is that motorcyclists are often victimized by drunk drivers, hazardous traffic conditions, and being caught in the blind spot of other drivers. Motorcyclists are often forced off the road by drivers switching lanes.
Victims of motorcycle accidents often sustain a variety of injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Road burns
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
A large percentage of motorcyclists are killed each year in accidents, which are often considered wrongful death cases. If you or a loved one is injured in a motorcycle accident, or your loved one lost their life in an accident, The Aaron Law Group will pursue the justice you deserve.
With the Aaron Law Group by your side, you can rest assured knowing you’re in good hands. We have handled complicated and complex personal injury claims for clients throughout the state of Nevada for more than 26 years. We handle every aspect of your claim, from dealing with an insurance adjuster and collecting accident report forms to preserving evidence.
Motorcycle Accident Factors
As a motorcyclist, you have very little control over the dangers on the roadway. The Aaron Law Group understands the unique challenges you face while trying to safely maneuver along the open road. A lot of people believe dark roadways are the leading cause of motorcycle accidents, the majority occur in broad daylight. We are here to help you when you are injured by elements outside of your control.
- Driving Conditions: Motorcyclists often become victims of road conditions. Unlike other vehicles that can pass over potholes and ruts as they go, these situations can be dangerous for motorcyclists. It may be difficult to anticipate all the disturbances on the road that can cause accidents. These often include:
- Inclement weather. Fog, winds, ice, rain, and snow can all be hazardous to motorcyclists. These weather conditions can come on suddenly and have a severe impact on a driver’s ability to see motorcyclists and objects in the road.
- Poor-traction surfaces. Roads that are covered with gravel, damaged or missing manhole covers, mud and leaves, oil, and wet pavement can put a motorcyclist’s life at risk. These unkempt services can create slick finishes that cause motorcyclists to lose control easily, resulting in serious bodily injury.
- Uneven or damaged surfaces. Broken or rough patches of pavement, holes, ruts, and bumps can all throw a motorcyclist off balance and cause an accident.
Negligent Drivers And Other Vehicles
Car and truck drivers often forget that motorcyclists can slip into their blind spots or that they can become concealed by surrounding elements like bridges or fences. Sometimes drivers fail to accurately judge the speed and distance of motorcycles on the road.
Motorcycles are outnumbered by cars and trucks on the road. The fact that they are much smaller in size makes them easier to miss, especially in areas with poor visibility and negligent drivers. It is believed that some degree of negligence is involved in nearly every motorcycle accident. In accidents where negligence plays a part, motorcyclists are able to recover damages. These include:
- Past and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
The majority of motorcyclists are extremely cautious on the roadway, simply because they know they are more vulnerable than others. They are generally less protected than individuals in cars or trucks, and they recognize that they are no match for other vehicles that weigh thousands of pounds. Regardless of how cautious a motorcyclist can be, they are still extremely vulnerable on the road.
How To Determine How Much Compensation I Can Get From A Motorcycle Accident
There is no magical formula used to calculate how much a person will receive in damages from a motorcycle accident. Instead, various factors are taken into consideration in order to determine the demand amount. These factors include
How severe are the injuries? The severity of the injuries sustained usually determines what type of medical treatment will be necessary. Some motorcyclists have to go through numerous surgeries and attend months of physical therapy during their recovery. This process may force them out of work, at which time lost wages and future wages may be considered.
Finally, the amount of compensation a person receives for their motorcycle accident will be determined by the policy limits of the party or parties that caused the accident. Their coverage, as well as their personal assets, will determine how much compensation you can realistically expect. Although you may have sustained hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills, you will not be successful in collecting this money if the at-fault party has a $50,000 limit.
In circumstances where the at-fault driver does not have adequate coverage, you may be able to file a claim against your own insurance policy if you have an underinsured motorist policy. The legal team at the Aaron Law Group will help you submit your claims in a timely manner so you can recover compensation quickly.
Who Is Responsible For The Accident?
The state of Nevada recognizes numerous parties that may be held accountable for motorcycle accidents. This list includes:
- The driver of the other vehicle involved
- The owner of the other vehicle involved
- The manufacturer of the motorcycle
- The maintenance service company for the motorcycle
- The motorcycle parts manufacturer
Sometimes motorcycle accidents occur due to debris or obstacles left in roadways. When this happens, injured motorcyclists may be able to file claims against the road construction contractors or government entities that left the items.
Even if your accident does not involve a collision, it still may have been caused by the negligence of another driver. Even in cases where there are no eyewitnesses, there may be adequate evidence available to prove negligence in your case. Some common forms of evidence in no contact accidents are skid marks, first responders’ testimonies, and even video surveillance.
Motorcyclists often take every safety precaution before heading out on the road. Still, they are vulnerable to inattentive car and truck drivers that frequently fail to notice them on the road. These drivers make sudden moves that cause serious injuries to motorcyclists every day.
When a negligent driver cuts in front of a motorcycle, runs a stop sign or light, fails to yield properly, or suddenly stops on the roadway, they can cause motorcyclists around them to suffer serious injuries. These accidents can include broken bones, brain injuries, or they may require amputations. In some instances, motorcyclists are killed on the roadway due to the way other people drive.
The legal team at the Aaron Law Group will work on your behalf to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve. From taking testimonies to gathering evidence to build a strong case, the Aaron Law Group will be here for you the entire way.
What To Do After A Motorcycle Accident
The problem with motorcyclist accidents is that parties are often injured severely. For this reason, it is nearly impossible for them to collect any information or evidence once they have been struck by a vehicle. If anything, call 911 immediately to get a police officer and an ambulance on site. Police officers will issue accident reports that are crucial to protecting your legal rights in court.
Ambulance workers will take you from the scene of the accident in order to get you the immediate medical attention you need. In the rare instance that you are able to take photos, do so or ask a witness on site to take them for you.
If possible, try to collect the insurance information and license plate number to other vehicles involved in the accident. Collecting a driver’s name, contact information, and information from witnesses will help bolster your personal injury claim.
What To Do When The At-Fault Driver’s Insurance Company Contacts You
You have no legal obligation to talk to another person’s insurance company. Quite often, these workers will contact you in an attempt to negotiate a small compensation amount. You will want to politely decline their offer, but take their information as you may need it at a later time.
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, it is in your best interest to hire a reputable lawyer as soon as possible to represent you. The Aaron Law Group works to help injured parties get the compensation they are entitled to. Although most injury cases settle, we prepare all of our cases for trial from the beginning. This enables us to argue your case in front of a jury when necessary.
Unique Challenges Of Motorcyclists
It is often more difficult for motorcyclists to file legal claims against other vehicle drivers for several reasons. First, there are numerous biases and prejudices against motorcyclists. Contrary to popular belief, most motorcyclists are safe drivers. The majority of drivers wear helmets, vests, and gloves to ensure they are safe on the road. A lot of motorcyclists complete motorcycle safety courses before they go out on the roadway. The majority of motorcycle accidents are not caused by motorcyclists. They are generally caused by other drivers that were negligent on the roadway.
In addition to prejudices, insurance adjusters often discriminate motorcyclists based on existing biases. These individuals do not want to admit the motorcyclist is an innocent victim. Instead, they will blame them for the accident in every way. It helps to have a reputable attorney on your side to fight off discriminatory adjusters.
Let Us Fight For Your Rights and Restitution
If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, call the Aaron Law Group today. Our law firm is a member of the Million-Dollar Advocates forum- one of the nation’s most prestigious trial lawyer groups, representing less than 1% of lawyers across the United States who have won million-dollar settlements for their clients.
We will contact insurance companies on your behalf so you can focus on healing. At the Offices of Aaron Law Group, we never charge clients for services up front. You are not required to pay us anything unless we recover compensation for you.
Don’t wait. Contact us today at 702-550-1111 to schedule a free consultation so we can get you the compensation you deserve.