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Nevada is home to plenty of motorcycle riders. However, these riders face more risks on the roadway than regular vehicle passengers and often suffer from severe injuries due to other people’s negligence.
After a motorcycle crash, you need a motorcycle accident attorney who you can trust. At Harris & Harris Injury Lawyers, we have dedicated ourselves to helping those in the Law Vegas area recover from devastating injuries.
Many insurance companies have a bias against motorcyclists. While they may not say so, they will often look for ways to blame the motorcyclist for a crash. Your experienced Las Vegas motorcycle accident lawyer will work to gather all evidence necessary to prove the other driver’s fault. This includes:
Your accident lawyer will know how to negotiate with insurance companies to receive maximum compensation and will prepare your case for trial if necessary.
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a motorcycle accident that was caused by another driver’s actions, you may need a motorcycle crash attorney. At Harris & Harris Injury Lawyers, we will get to the bottom of what happened in order to secure the compensation you need. This could include:
If you lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to recover additional damages. Speak with an experienced wrongful death attorney to learn more about your rights after a fatal motorcycle accident.
In Nevada, motorcycle accident victims have two years to file a claim. This law is known as the statute of limitations. This means that if you wish to file a lawsuit against those responsible for their injuries, you must do so within two years from the date the crash occurred. Failure to file a lawsuit within that timeframe will result in your case being dismissed by the court, and you will be barred from recovering compensation. Two years can sound like a long time, but it is typically in your best interests to begin the claims process relatively soon after a motorcycle accident. Once too much time passes, evidence can start to disappear, witnesses’ memories fade, and accident details can be too challenging to trace.
However, building your claim and beginning the process soon after an accident does not mean you should resolve your case quickly. It is often best to wait on settling a case until you either fully recover from your injuries or reach “maximum medical improvement” (MMI). That way, you understand the full extent of your injuries and their physical and financial implications. That way, you can accurately estimate the total value of your case and the minimum amount of compensation to settle for.
Nevada is an at-fault state when it comes to motorcycle accident claims, which means the party responsible for causing a motorcycle accident is liable. As a result, who can be held responsible for reimbursing your losses will depend on who caused it. In most cases, it is:
If another driver fails in their duty to obey traffic laws and operate their vehicle safely, resulting in your motorcycle accident, they might be liable for your injuries and other losses.
If a driver crashes into you while on the job (e.g., commercial truck driver, rideshare driver, delivery driver, etc.), their employer may be fully or partially liable for their employee’s actions.
In some crashes, a defective part or vehicle is to blame (e.g., faulty brakes, airbags, tires, etc.). If a manufacturing defect causes an accident, a manufacturer and/or any other party involved in the product’s distribution chain might be responsible for the resulting damage.
Local and state government agencies are in charge of maintaining roads to keep drivers safe from hazards. If a preventable and dangerous road condition contributed to your crash, you might have a claim against a government agency.
In Nevada, you can still recover compensation if you are partly at fault for a motorcycle accident as long as you are no more than 50% to blame. Nevada’s modified comparative negligence law with a 51% bar for recovery applies to motorcycle accident cases (NRS 41.141). Under this rule, any party who contributes to an accident or injury is assigned a percentage of fault and can be liable for damages. Additionally, your percentage of fault reduces your compensation.
For example, if you are awarded $100,000 but found 40% at fault, you will receive 60% of the award or $60,000. However, an injured party must not be more than 50% to blame, or they cannot recover compensation. In other words, if you are found 51% or more at fault, you will not receive any compensation. Due to this law, the at-fault party or their insurer will likely try to shift blame for the crash onto you in an effort to reduce or eliminate your compensation.
The minutes and days that follow a motorcycle accident are the most critical period, when planning to pursue a personal injury claim in Nevada. The success of your motorcycle accident lawsuit hinges on the whether the following steps were taken:
Motorcyclists do not have much protection from the force of a vehicle when a crash occurs, even when they are wearing a helmet. It is not uncommon for our Las Vegas motorcycle collision lawyers to help clients suffering from the following serious injuries:
Many drivers fail to give motorcyclists the space they need on the roadway. They often ignore a cyclist’s right-of-way or follow them too closely. Negligent drivers who cause motorcycle crashes must be held accountable for their actions.
Common causes of motorcycle accidents in Las Vegas include the following:
Most motorcycle accidents are preventable and occur when one or more parties are negligent by failing to take a reasonable amount of care, causing injury or harm to someone else.
The state of Nevada requires motorcycle riders to carry motorcycle insurance and show proof of it prior to receiving their registration. The minimum amount of liability insurance required is:
The consequences of riding when uninsured can result in varying penalties, including fines and a suspended license. Motorcyclists have the option of adding supplemental insurance coverage to protect themselves in the event of an accident. That includes collision coverage, comprehensive coverage, and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.
In order to increase motorcycle safety, there are state laws which outline the mandatory requirements for operating a motorcycle.
Prior to riding a motorcycle in Nevada, a Class M driver’s license must be obtained by either:
You may choose whichever option is better for your specific needs.
Once the exams are passed, a motorcyclist will need a helmet that is in compliance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; as they are required by law to be worn by both drivers and passengers while riding. Riders must also have eye protection, such as goggles or a face-shield.
Additionally, motorcycles in Nevada must be equipped with the following:
Complying with the legal requirements set by the state for operating a motorcycle, can help riders avoid serious personal injury if an accident occurs.
According to the latest data available for Nevada, there were 259 fatalities and 1,076 serious injuries as a result of motorcycle accidents in the state from 2012 to 2016.
From 2015 to 2017, there were 2,383 total motorcycle crashes in Las Vegas. These led to multiple motorcycle fatalities and severe injuries. If you or a loved one was hurt in a motorcycle accident, our personal injury law firm can help accident victims recover compensation.
If you need a Las Vegas motorcycle accident attorney, you can contact our personal injury law firm in Clark County for a free consultation of your motorcycle accident case by clicking here or by calling us at (702) 384-1414 or toll-free at 1 (800) 393-2350. Our team can be your legal representation after a serious motorcycle collision to help recover maximum financial compensation for medical bills and more.