Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Las Vegas, NV
Motorcycle accidents often lead to a lot of heartache. 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 was hurt in a motorcycle crash in Las Vegas, you have the right to demand compensation. At Gazda and Tadayon, we are one of Southern Nevada’s 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.
Insurance Claim versus Motorcycle Injury Lawsuit
Certain accidents, especially minor ones, can be settled through insurance claims. There are two types of claims:
- first party, relying on your own insurance company for coverage
- third party, relying on the other person’s insurance company for coverage
Both types of claims rely on the amount of coverage on the insured party’s policy. Unfortunately, many at-fault parties are still uninsured or underinsured. Our Nevada state law makes it mandatory for all drivers to have insurance, but around 10% of Nevada drivers don’t have coverage, and there are even more drivers who purchase just the bare minimum amount of coverage required by law. This is well and fine until a catastrophic car crash happens, where vehicles get totaled and people get seriously injured. In these cases, insurance is rarely able or willing to cover the costs.
At the end of the day, your insurance company will look out for their own interests. When a claim is submitted, they actively attempt to minimize the amount of money awarded to either party, if they don’t try to dodge the claim altogether. They can also conduct a low-ball tally of the medical costs and property damage costs to the victim and their loved ones. For example, if the injured rider suffers mobility issues after the accident, the insurance company may help cover the immediate costs of treatment but fail to cover long-term rehabilitation costs and the sum of any lost wages from the victim’s inability to work.
When you decide to work with a motorbike accident attorney like Gazda & Tadayon, you have an advocate on your side who will actually fight for your best interests. Instead of dealing with your insurance agents and the extensive paperwork and uncertainty involved in filing a claim, let us do all the groundwork on your behalf. Because of our previous experience working as legal counsel for these insurance companies, we have the insider knowledge it takes to win the case and maximize your compensation. Schedule a FREE legal consultation with us today.
Negligent Drivers: What Happens in a Motorcycle Collision?
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.
Common Reasons for Car and Motorcycle Accidents
- 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.
Common Symptoms of Motorcycle Injuries
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)
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.
Insider Knowledge from the Best Las Vegas Motorcycle Attorneys
With over 50 years of combined experience, we’ve seen it all at Gazda and Tadayon. As former defense attorneys for the insurance industry, we know the ins and outs of motorcycle accident cases and we fight relentlessly for your rights and adequate compensation. Because we specialize in personal injury law, we have extensive knowledge of the injuries and treatments involved. We leave no stone unturned to help you get back the quality of life and peace of mind you deserve.
Every single detail can make or break a traffic accident case. We conduct our own independent examination of the accident, interviewing witnesses and examining every possible opportunity to make your case better. We also understand that your legal fight is just one part of your journey to recovery. Our friendly staff is there to make the legal process as smooth and comfortable as possible, and we help our clients consult with medical experts to determine the care they need.
When you choose us to handle your auto accident case, you choose lawyers that care about your personal and legal success. Our peers and clients trust us to call the shots: let us help you win the compensation you deserve.
A Proven Record Of Success
The attorneys of Gazda and Tadayon have been recognized by the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for winning millions in compensation for our clients. Our ethical standards have also been highlighted by the law directory Martindale-Hubbard. When you work with Gazda and Tadayon on your motorcycle accident case, you will receive proven representation with full integrity.
To get started, schedule a free consultation for your motorcycle accident injury claim, or read what our clients have to say on our Gazda and Tadayon reviews page. You can also visit us in person. We’re conveniently located in Las Vegas at 2600 S Rainbow Boulevard, Suite 200.
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Motorcycle Accidents 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.