- Inadequate attention to blind spots and turns
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Disregard for traffic laws
- Failure to yield right of way
Nevada has one of the highest rates of DUI in the nation, so motorcycle accidents caused by a drunk driver make up a significant portion of the cases.
The at-fault driver might also be distracted. They might have been texting while driving, or they may have fallen asleep for a few moments at the wheel after deciding to drive while fatigued. The driver’s condition is usually noted by law enforcement right after they arrive on the scene, and can be used to determine the level of fault in the accident.
Regardless of who is at fault, the injured victim can still file a claim as long as the other party has the greater fault in the accident. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, it is important to seek legal counsel before speaking to your insurance company, since anything you say on the record may be used against you when you attempt to claim compensation.
Even with a helmet and proper protective gear, motorcyclists often suffer severe injuries after an auto accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle riders may be 26 times more likely to die in a collision, and 5 times more likely to be injured than a passenger in another vehicle. After the accident, not all signs of injury or trauma might be immediately obvious. It can take a few hours, days, and even months or years to see the full extent of the damage.
Some of the most common injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents are:
The most serious injuries are often those that involve trauma to the head, spine, or vital organs. For example, traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, can cause cognitive issues and loss of coordination, while spinal injuries can lead to serious mobility issues. Other common injuries include those to the lower extremities, like the legs and feet. These can also cause the victim to have trouble with mobility and chronic pain that requires rehabilitation to fix.
If injury from the auto collision can be demonstrated and the other party is found at fault, the victim can be entitled to substantial compensation. They can claim for a number of damages including:
- property damage to the vehicles
- lost current and future income
- medical treatments
- long-term rehabilitation services, including physical therapy
- medication for chronic pain and suffering
- post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)