Las Vegas Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Gazda & Tadayon are top-rated motorcycle accident attorneys in Las Vegas, NV, and surrounding areas. Our law firm has helped numerous clients receive the compensation they deserve after experiencing a motorcycle accident. We have over 50 years of combined experience in personal injury cases and are one of Nevada’s most experienced traffic accident attorneys. Additionally, Attorney Lewis Gazda has been named as one of the Top 25 motor vehicle accident attorneys from a national organization composed of premier trial attorneys in a state or region and is invitation-only.
Top-Rated Motorcycle Accident Law Firm
Our peers and clients trust us to call the shots. See why we’re rate top Las Vegas personal injury lawyers, or read our client testimonials.
- Rated 5.0 stars on Yelp
- Rated 4.8 stars on Google Reviews
- Ranked AV Pre-eminent by Martindale Hubbell, their highest designation
- Top 25 Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers
- Top 100 National Trial Lawyers
Our Experienced Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Can Help
As former insurance defense counsel attorneys, we have the insider knowledge on what it takes to win these types of cases. Therefore, we will use all possible resources at our disposal to get results, including our insider knowledge of insurance companies. Since we have formerly served as defense counsel for these insurers, we know how the “other side” thinks. This is a huge asset when handling a car accident case – we know exactly what questions to ask, and the right steps to take in order to get the compensation you deserve.
After a motorcycle crash, every single detail can make or break a case. To cover all our bases, we make it a point to conduct a thorough investigation of the accident site, questioning witnesses and evaluating every detail that may contribute to your case. When you choose us to handle your motorcycle accident case, you choose lawyers that care about your personal and legal success.
What You Should Do After Suffering from a Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycle accidents often lead to a lot of heartaches. While car accidents may be more common, motorbike accidents are the most likely to be fatal. Unfortunately, drivers on the road may be looking out for other cars and yet still ignore motorcyclists completely. Victims can be severely injured, and the costs for medical treatment and emotional trauma can be extremely debilitating. We believe that motorcyclists deserve their fair share of the road, and their fair and due compensation if these rights are violated by a negligent driver. If you or a loved one were hurt in a motorcycle crash in Las Vegas, you have the right to demand compensation. At Gazda and Tadayon, we are one of Las Vegas’ best motorcycle injury attorneys, and we can help you protect your interest and file substantial claims after your motorcycle collision. As former insurance lawyers, we know exactly what to do to win in these types of vehicular accidents.
In the aftermath of a motorcycle accident, it can be tempting to rely on your insurance to cover your costs, like expensive medical bills and property damage to the bike. However, insurance companies don’t always have your best interests at heart. There are a few reasons why you should consider speaking to a personal injury lawyer instead of settling with your insurance company directly.
To get started, schedule a free consultation for your motorcycle accident claim, or read what our clients have to say on our Gazda and Tadayon reviews page. You can also visit us in person at our welcoming and compassionate law firm, located at 2600 S Rainbow Boulevard, Suite 200, Las Vegas, NV 89146.
Negligent Drivers: Motorcycle Accident Liability
It could happen at any time: a routine trip to the grocery store or a ride out with friends can turn nasty thanks to the negligent actions of another driver. Most drivers certainly pay attention to other vehicular traffic, like other cars and buses, but something about a motorcycle seems to make motorists throw caution to the wind. In a motorcycle collision, it’s rarely the complete fault of the motorcyclist, in which case a compensation claim may be possible for the injured victim.
Because of the complex nature of motor accident injury law in Nevada, it’s critical that you choose an attorney with extensive knowledge of motor vehicle suits, and who can work on your case as soon as possible. Nevada state law limits the amount of time after an accident that an injured victim can file for damages and claim compensation. Contact us today to assess your individual case in a timely manner.
Motorcycle Accident FAQs
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, whether you paid for medical care out of your own pocket or your health insurance covered it is not relevant; neither is whether your lost time at work was covered by sick leave or vacation pay
Generally, if a traffic accident involves a death, personal injury, or property damage above a specific amount, you must notify the police, who will usually make a written report of the incident.
Depending on where you live, you may be required by law to wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle, regardless of how often you ride. Many states have enacted mandatory helmet-use laws for motorcycle riders and their passengers. Call your local Department of Motor Vehicles to find out whether your state has such a helmet law.
If you are unable to immediately meet with an attorney, it is important that you do not admit any fault or sign anything (i.e. any forms from an insurer) in order to preserve your rights. If possible, you should take photos of any injuries or damage to your motorcycle. Keep copies of any medical records or bills, and make records of any related expenses.
Comparative negligence apportions fault among the drivers involved in an accident based on their degree of carelessness that contributed to the accident. Where a motorcycle is concerned, a common example of comparative negligence might be where the motorcycle’s headlamp, brake light, or tail light is out, especially if the accident happened at night.
- 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:
- Road rash
- Bone fractures
- Soft tissue damage
- Biker’s arm
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spine and spinal cord injury
- Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
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)