Las Vegas Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
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Even when motorcyclists take every safety precaution – wearing the proper helmet, ensuring the headlight is on, and keeping a watchful eye on the road — they are vulnerable. Because of their lack of protective features like seat belts, motorcyclists are more likely to suffer serious injuries in accidents than drivers and passengers of other vehicles. Inattentive car and truck drivers frequently fail to notice them, making sudden moves and causing accidents that can result in serious injuries to motorcyclists.
At Christiansen Trial Lawyers, our personal injury attorneys have more than 50 years of combined experience representing individuals in the Las Vegas, Nevada, area who have been hurt in motorcycle accidents. Having recovered millions for clients over the years, our team has the track record to prove just how passionate we are about helping those who have been wrongfully harmed.
How Do Motorcycle Accidents Happen?
At our firm, we understand the dangers that motorcyclists face every day. Even with the proper safety gear – helmet, protective clothing, headlight – they are still vulnerable to motorists weaving in and out of traffic. Because motorcyclists are virtually unprotected, even bumping a motorcycle at low speeds can cause the rider to fly off. We are committed to standing up for injured motorcyclists and helping them recover full and fair financial damages.
When a negligent driver isn’t paying attention and makes a sudden lane change or runs a red light, a motorcyclist can suffer traumatic injuries. These may include a brain injury, broken bones, amputation, and even wrongful death. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists were killed at a rate 27 times higher than motorists in other vehicles in 2014. If you or someone you love was hurt in a motorcycle accident, you need experienced personal injury representation to help you seek fair compensation.
Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Speeding: The faster a car is going, the more forceful the impact, meaning an involved motorcyclist is more likely to suffer catastrophic injuries and could even die. People who are speeding in their vehicles are also more likely to run red lights, lose control while making turns, and have less time to respond to situations on the road.
- Distracted driving: Due to their size, motorcyclists are notorious for being hidden in the blind spots of other vehicles. When drivers are texting on their phones or doing other things to distract them from the road, they’re more likely to not see a motorcyclist and collide with them.
- Drunk driving: Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is dangerous for everyone on the road. Motorcyclists can be seriously injured when a drunk driver drifts over a lane, swerves, or makes sudden turns without signaling. Drunk drivers also have their vision impaired and may not be able to accurately judge the distance between their car and the motorcycle in front of them.
- Unsafe lane changes: Nowhere is looking out for motorcyclists more important when making lane changes on a busy road or highway. Hitting a car during a lane change may only result in structural damage to the vehicle. Hitting a motorcyclist can cause permanent injuries or death. If you or someone you love was injured when someone hit your motorcycle during a lane change, an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer can help you obtain compensation for your injuries.
As your Las Vegas motorcycle accident attorneys, we offer sound, practical advice. Rest assured that our network of attorneys, investigators, paralegals, and specialists are committed to offering the comprehensive and responsive service you need – from gathering evidence to building a strong case in your favor.
Injuries From a Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycle accidents can lead to a wide range of injuries. Due to the higher risks of being injured in the unfortunate event of an accident, it is essential to understand the potential injuries that can occur during a motorcycle accident. Here are some of the most common injuries riders can suffer:
Road Rash: This occurs when the skin scrapes against the pavement, or other surfaces, causing abrasions and lacerations. Road rash can range from minor skin irritation to deep wounds requiring medical attention.
Broken Bones or Fractures: The most commonly affected areas are the arms, legs, ribs, and collarbone. They can vary in severity, from hairline fractures to complete breaks that may require surgical intervention and lengthy recovery periods.
Head Injuries: Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), concussions, skull fractures, and more can occur if the rider's head strikes the ground or another object. These injuries can have severe consequences, including cognitive impairments, memory loss, and long-term disabilities.
Spinal Cord Injuries: Motorcycle accidents can cause damage to the spinal cord, resulting in paralysis or loss of motor function below the site of injury. Spinal cord injuries can lead to significant physical limitations and require extensive medical care and rehabilitation.
Soft Tissue Injuries: These include sprains and tears to muscles, ligaments, and tendons. They can result in pain, swelling, and a limited range of motion and can significantly impact a person's ability to perform daily activities.
Internal Injuries: The force of impact in a motorcycle accident can cause internal injuries, such as organ damage, internal bleeding, or punctured lungs. These injuries may not always be immediately apparent and require prompt medical attention.
By wearing appropriate motorcycle gear, riders can reduce the risk and severity of injuries from an accident. Protective gear acts as a barrier between the rider's body and the potential hazards during a crash which helps to mitigate the impact forces and prevent or minimize injuries.
Dealing with the Insurance Companies on Your Behalf
After you have been injured, you should be able to focus on healing. Unfortunately, dealing with insurance issues can make that difficult, especially when companies attempt to get you to say something they can use against you. As your attorneys, we can communicate with the insurance company on your behalf so you don’t have to worry about your case or losing the amount of compensation you need to recover. If the insurer fails to offer a reasonable settlement, we can be fully prepared to take your case to trial.
We can thoroughly investigate the cause of your motorcycle accident. We do not accept excuses for injuring or killing motorcycle riders. With our skills and resources, we can make sure the responsible party is held liable.
For 24-hour availability, call our Las Vegas office at (702) 357-9977. Our motorcycle accident attorneys are prepared to help. Se Habla Español.