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The rambling desert roads of Nevada and the crowded streets of Las Vegas attract motorcyclists who enjoy the open roads and can zoom around traffic. Yet congested highways and rural roads aren’t always safe for motorcyclists. Other drivers, dangerous roadway obstacles, and hazards unique to motorcyclists put riders at risk. Las Vegas motorcycle accident attorneys at Claggett & Sykes Law Firm, we’ve represented clients with serious to catastrophic injuries from motorcycle accidents. We know how to fight for maximum compensation in any accident situation. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to run them by our motorcycle accident attorneys, they will give you and your family a free consultation and help you proceed with your claim.
Motorcycle accidents, like car accidents, can occur at any time in any weather conditions. Although motorcycle accidents are not more common than car accidents, motorcyclist accidents are more likely to kill or seriously injure someone in an accident. Motorcycle enthusiasts must understand safety issues and learn the circumstances that increase the likelihood of an accident. Many situations can make the road more dangerous for motorcycle riders.
Motorcyclists are much more prone to injury and death compared to people in vehicles. The lack of protection surrounding their bodies leaves them vulnerable to accident and injury. There are five common motorcyclist injury types.
The Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) is an initiative that aims to improve the safety of Nevada’s roadways. Researchers analyze crash data to discover the most common reasons and areas for accidents. They then use this information to spread awareness and make improvements. The long-term goal is to eventually see zero fatalities on Nevada’s roadways. Data from the most recent SHSP report show 238 motorcyclists died and 968 suffered serious injuries in Nevada from 2011 to 2015. In 2015 alone, there were 43 deaths and 206 injuries – a decrease from the previous year.
The most common type of motorcycle accident is an “angle crash,” with 93 deaths and 381 serious injuries from 2011 to 2015. The second most-common type is non-collision, followed by rear-end, head-on, and sideswipe accidents. Motorcyclists are at the highest risk when other vehicles are going straight, followed by vehicles turning left. Male riders 26 to 45 years old are most likely to be in motorcycle accidents that result in injuries and death in Nevada. Daylight is the most dangerous time for motorcyclists, with 63% of fatalities and injuries occurring during daylight hours.
The first question on your mind after a motorcycle crash may be, “Who will pay for my damages?” You may have hospital bills, lost wages, property damage, and other accident-related expenses, on top of personal damages such as physical pain and emotional suffering. There may be an individual or entity legally responsible for compensating you. Nevada is a fault state, meaning the person at fault for the accident is liable to pay for damages. Yet the question of fault is not always black and white.
In many motorcycle collision claims, the defendant (the party allegedly responsible) may argue the motorcyclist contributed to his or her own injuries. For example, speeding, weaving through traffic, or unlawfully not wearing a helmet can contribute to an accident and/or injuries. If you were partially at fault for the crash or your resultant injuries, don’t assume you’re ineligible for financial recovery. Nevada abides by contributory negligence laws, which enables plaintiffs to recover as long as they are less than 51% responsible for the accident.
When it comes to determining the defendant in your case, you must consider all factors that may have contributed to your crash. This may be another driver, a bicyclist or pedestrian, debris in the roadway, a defective part on your motorcycle, a broken traffic light, or unsafe weather conditions. You may have more than one defendant. For example, another driver may be responsible for running a red light, but the City of Las Vegas may be at fault for poorly maintaining the road, making it impossible for you to stop on time to avoid a collision. Our Las Vegas Accident attorneys can investigate your crash and help you identify the most likely defendant to name. Contact us today for a free evaluation.