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Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Las Vegas

If you’ve ever been on a motorcycle, you know how thrilling the ride can be, especially here in Las Vegas. From riding down the strip to see the lights to a cruise through the desert, the freedom this brings can also subject you to the dangers of being involved in an accident. Often, these accidents are severe and can lead to numerous injuries and even death.

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may have the right to file a personal injury claim. One of our expert attorneys can help you decide what the next steps will be on your way to the compensation you deserve. Reach out to De Castroverde today to get started. You can give us a call at 702-780-6457 for a free consultation.

Top Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Las Vegas

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Like all types of accidents, several things can contribute to a motorcycle accident that results in injuries. Here are some of the most common:

  • Road hazards: Things such as road debris, potholes, and poor weather conditions may seem easy in a car, but encountering them on a motorcycle can have serious consequences.
  • A car’s failure to see a motorcycle: This cause contributes to about half of all total motorcycle accidents and can happen for numerous reasons.
  • Making unsafe lane changes: Not everyone keeps an eye out for motorcycles, and something as simple as switching lanes or even opening a car door on a busy street while parked, can cause an accident.
  • Impaired driving: Drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs are much more likely to be involved in a collision.

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident resulting from any of these or other reasons, reach out to De Castroverde today to get the representation you need to file a personal injury claim.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

While not every person who gets on a motorcycle will be involved in an accident, drivers of any vehicle need to be aware of the dangers that motorcycle riders face. Here are some of the must-know statistics involving motorcycle accidents in the US.

  • Motorcyclists are at greater risk of an accident, especially on Las Vegas streets where drivers continue to disregard drunk and distracted driving laws.
  • In 2017, there were 89,000 motorcycle accidents across the country, with 45% of those resulting in injuries that were classified as moderate.
  • In 2018, there were 4,985 motorcycle deaths in the US.
  • 22.6% of deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents are motorcycle accidents in the state of Nevada. This percentage is the highest rate in the country.
  • 80% of motorcycle accidents result in injury or death.

Riding a motorcycle can be freeing and exciting, but drivers must remain cautious while on the road.

Tips to Prevent Motorcycle Accidents

While no one can predict the future, there are some tips you can follow to help keep you safe while on a motorcycle. Follow these suggestions on how to prevent motorcycle accidents and decrease your risk of being injured.

  • Wear the proper gear, such as long pants, sleeves, and gloves.
  • Wear a Department of Transportation approved helmet.
  • Stay alert and aware of your surroundings.
  • Be cautious of speed limits. Just because your motorcycle can go fast doesn’t mean that you need to.
  • Don’t drink and ride. Alcohol can significantly increase your risk of being involved in an accident.

Follow these tips and any other rules you’ve learned while on the road, and you may keep yourself out of harm’s way. If you’ve been injured in an accident, we can help.

Nevada Motorcycle Laws

In Nevada, motorcyclists have the same responsibilities and rights as other drivers on the road. Some motorcycle-specific laws must be followed, however, including:

  • Helmets are required by law, and unless the helmet comes with a screen or windshield, drivers must also wear goggles or protective face shields.
  • Motorcyclists are not allowed to ride next to or pass a vehicle in the same lane.
  • Motorcycles have the right to use the entire traffic lane.
  • No more than two motorcycles may be next to each other in a single lane of traffic. They must stay in a staggered formation.
  • Motorcycles must have at least one headlight and no more than two, at least one rear reflector, a red taillight, a brake light, mirrors, fenders, footrests, a horn, turn signals, and a muffler.

Common Injuries Sustained in Motorcycle Accidents

While each accident is different, several common injuries occur due to motorcycle accidents. These include:

  • Spinal cord injuries from the impact of a collision, quadriplegia, or paraplegia, which may result in permanent disability.
  • Traumatic brain injuries due to head trauma suffered during a collision.
  • Damage to internal organs because of perforation or blunt-force trauma.
  • Fractures and extremity injuries, especially in the lower extremities.
  • Road rash, which occurs when the person on the motorcycle makes contact with the surface of the road, or burns. This type of injury can range from mild to severe and is often susceptible to permanent scarring and infections.

Many of these injuries have the potential to keep the injured victim from work for weeks, and even months, as they must undergo extensive rehabilitation to even get back to a manageable state. They can be devastating to the victim and their family. While insurance companies will quickly attempt to reach a settlement with the victim, it is important to refrain from signing any insurance documentation that might limit your potential recovery.

How Can a Personal Injury Attorney Help?

An excellent personal injury attorney can help you get compensation for any of these injuries to cover medical bills, time off of work, and pain and suffering. Whether you’re a permanent resident or someone visiting the city, our experienced team of attorneys will provide you with the representation you deserve. We’ll work hard to get you proper compensation so that you can get on the road to recovery.

A personal injury claim will often take into account factors that an insurance company will not, such as lost wages, and the loss of future earnings in extreme circumstances (actual damages). A personal injury claim may also include general damages, such as pain and suffering and emotional distress. Our motorcycle accident lawyers in Las Vegas can help you work towards the outcome you deserve.

Reach Out to De Castroverde Accident & Injury Lawyers

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If you or a family member has been injured in a motorcycle accident, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Las Vegas injury attorneys at De Castroverde today. Our team has years of combined experience in motorcycle accidents and personal injury claims. You can reach us by phone 24 hours a day at 702-780-6457. You can also contact us today by stopping by one of our two convenient Las Vegas locations, the Tivoli Office and the Downtown Office, or by sending us a message online. Our team of Las Vegas personal injury lawyers is ready to assist you.
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What Are Some Common Accidents in Nevada?

    Unintentional injury is the leading cause of death for Nevada residents aged five through 44. The most common accidents that result in injuries (both fatal and non-fatal) include:

    • Drowning
    • Slip and Falls
    • Suffocation
    • Poisoning
    • Car Accidents
    • Burns
    • Workplace Injuries

    Statistics show that young children are particularly vulnerable; in fact, more than 9,100 deaths occur in a single year in children under the age of fourteen. Nevada has one of the highest child injury death rates in the nation due to incidents such as these. Drowning is particularly troublesome in Nevada, which has the third highest rate in the country. It’s unclear what types of outlying factors – such as swimming ability, health problems or the use of a life jacket – could have contributed to drowning accidents.

    However, fatal injuries are only a small fraction of the total number of people who sustain injuries caused by various accidents. For example, there were more than 30,000 deaths associated with falls nationwide, but that only accounts for approximately 1.3 percent of all injuries due to falls.

  • What Are Some Common Injury Types?

    Many victims of accidents sustain injuries of varying degree. Common types of injuries that occur from the accidents listed include:

    • Traumatic brain injury
    • Broken bones
    • Spinal cord injury
    • Ligament damage
    • Lacerations
    • Serious burn injuries

    How much will this injury impact a life? How long will it take for a victim to recover? These answers vary depending on the degree of injury a victim suffers with after an accident. Usually, an injury takes a certain amount of time to heal, and a victim can fully recover and move forward with their lives. However, severe injuries like a brain or spinal cord injury, on top of taking months or even years to fully heal, may not allow a victim to ever return to a completely normal life.

  • What is the Cost of Injuries in Nevada?

    On average, unintentional personal injury leads to more than $19,000 in medical expenses for victims in Nevada. However, more serious accidents can lead to much more disastrous consequences and significantly higher medical bills. While medical bills and lost wages are easy to quantify, provided all the paperwork is in order, the loss of quality of life can be a more difficult thing on which to place a dollar figure.

  • What Are Non-Economic Damages?

    Quality of life can mean many different things; driving a car, exercising or even doing household chores can all be included here. If you are in an accident, the injuries sustained can have a permanent effect on your ability to do the things you used to do every day. These are known as non-economic damages.

    Emotional anguish, loss of consortium, or even the inability to cook dinner for your children fall under this umbrella. If you led an active lifestyle and can no longer play sports in any way, then compensation can be sought for the loss of what once was a normal life for you. If your children lose the guidance and support they once had from you, then your family can seek compensation for that as well.

    An experienced attorney can fight on your behalf for fair compensation when non-economic damages are apparent. Broken bones and lacerations will heal, but the lasting damages can remain long after the cast has come off. Therefore, your personal injury lawyer will wait until you have achieved maximum recovery to file the claim. That way undiscovered injuries caused by the accident will reveal themselves in full, thereby allowing you to be compensated for them.

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