Senate Bill 426 requiring the use of headgear for moped riders has been approved in the Nevada Senate. Mopeds are motorized bicycles that are popular modes of transportation among students. The proposed legislation is primarily intended to address growing incidents of traumatic brain injury affecting scooter and moped riders in the state.
Proponents of the bill maintain that traumatic brain injuries resulting from riders falling off their bikes and hitting their heads on the pavement are the leading causes of critical or fatal injury in a crash.
Brain Injury Statistics
The Nevada Department of Transportation said that 9 people have died and 362 have been injured in moped and scooter crashes from 2006 to 2010. In 2016, 15 deaths have been recorded as moped-related while 6 died in moped crashes in the year before that.
Causes and Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury, a leading cause of motorcycle, bicycle, and moped crash deaths, is an alteration in brain function caused by a traumatic blow or force such as the head hitting the pavement or other hard object during a vehicular collision. While vehicular accidents account for many cases of traumatic brain injuries, other causes include sports and recreational activities, falls, and violence.
Brain injury can be mild or severe, often leading to irreversible impairment in cognitive and bodily functions. The economic costs arising from brain injury can be tremendous as injured patients often require surgery and lifelong care, checkups, and treatment to manage the effects of the injury. If a loved one has sustained brain injury in a crash, you might be concerned about the injured party’s legal rights to compensation.
Right to Compensation for Brain Injury
When a crash is the result of the other driver’s fault or negligence, or a defective road or road design, or due to a defective equipment or system, the injured party or surviving heirs of the crash victim may seek compensation from the responsible party.
However, establishing negligence and its relation to a traumatic brain injury can be a complicated and difficult process. Sufficient evidence of the crash, the vehicles involved, and the injury must be presented. For these reasons along, we recommend that you engage an experienced personal injury attorney to take care of the procedure and deal with insurance companies on your behalf.
At the law firm of David Boehrer in Henderson, Nevada, our experienced personal injury attorneys are prepared to work hard for you to recover the full value of compensation that you deserve.
Contact us online or call us today at (702) 750-0750 for a free case evaluation. All personal injury claims are handled on a contingency fee basis – you pay us only when you recover compensation.