In the State of Nevada, motorcycle riders are required to undergo extensive training and certification in order to share the road with car and truck drivers. Unfortunately, not every driver is guaranteed to be as attentive, which often means that riders can take some serious injuries on the road. They deserve the help of a qualified attorney when faced with crippling expenses and terrible pain due to an accident.
Understanding Motorcycle Accidents in Nevada
A 2011 report by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association found that, while motorcycle accidents have gone down briefly in recent years, the overall trend hasn’t changed much. This report also noted the 13% drop-off in the number of riders who went without a helmet, which drastically heightens their risk of being seriously injured or killed in a motor vehicle collision.
In 2011, there were seven auto accident fatalities in Henderson and 23 such fatalities in Las Vegas. While the percentage of these accidents which involve motorcycle riders has gone down in recent years, motorcycle accidents in general still make up a large fraction of auto accident injuries and fatalities, in general, both in Nevada and across the country.
Frequently Asked Questions about Motorcycle Accidents
1. What are the most common causes for a motorcycle accident?
According to the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), more than 3,000 auto accidents occur in the state every year due to one driver’s inattention or carelessness behind the wheel. In most cases, this does not involve driving while intoxicated. It can be a simple matter of driving too fast to pay attention to others on the road or losing focus by talking or texting on their phones.
2. How do motorcycle riders usually get injured?
A motorcycle accident can result in riders receiving such injuries as:
- Concussions and bruises
- Broken bones (especially in the shoulders or pelvis)
- Nerve damage around the limbs
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord damage and/or paralysis
- Facial disfigurement
3. What do I do if I’m caught in a motorcycle accident?
First, seek immediate medical attention. Even if you do not feel hurt, remember that some injuries are not obvious at first. Then, get the name, phone number, and insurance information of every driver involved in the incident, along with the names and phone numbers of any witnesses in the area. Finally, if you or someone in the area has a camera available, take as many photos as you can of the crash scene for evidence to support your case.
What David Boehrer can do for you
At the David Boehrer Law Firm, our top priority is to give every injured rider or auto accident victim a fair hearing. This means going over each client’s case to look for evidence that puts responsibility on negligent drivers and examining the full extent of each client’s injuries to determine what damages the responsible party will have to pay. We will put in the hours necessary to get you the compensation you deserve for such costs as medical bills, loss of income, and overall pain and suffering.