According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 50 motorcyclists are killed each year in Nevada. The vast majority of these motorcyclists were wearing their helmets and taking appropriate safety measures.
Sometimes there is nothing motorcyclists can do to protect themselves from the negligent and reckless actions of other drivers on the road. If you or someone you care about has been injured, there is something you can do now.
Talking with the trial lawyers at Eglet Prince is a good way to learn about your options after a motorcycle crash. We can help you understand how you may file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit in Nevada, and we can answer your questions about the law.
Because motorcycles lack the seat belts, air bags and reinforcements that protect the drivers of other vehicles, motorcyclists often sustain very serious injuries in crashes. Some of the most common injuries are loss of limbs, spinal cord and brain injuries.
The vast majority of motorcycle-related fatalities occur during daylight hours, in dry weather — most likely because motorcycles are on the road more frequently under these conditions. Similarly, more than 80 percent of fatalities occur between April and September, which are the prime months for motorcycling. Visibility of motorcycles is a concern since they are smaller in size and can disappear into a blind spot.
Half of fatal crashes are single-vehicle accidents involving only the motorcycle — not other cars or trucks. But this does not necessarily mean that the motorcyclist was to blame. Dangerous and defective road conditions can often lead to motorcycle accidents.
According to reports made by law enforcement officers at the scene, the most common contributing factors to motorcycle fatalities include those listed below:
Trial Lawyers at our Las Vegas law firm — Eglet Prince — have been named as Super Lawyers, are members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and are AV-rated* under Martindale-Hubbell’s peer rating system.
Our successes include hundreds of millions of dollars in jury verdicts and settlements for personal injury victims and the surviving families of people killed in accidents of all kinds. Three of the cases we handled were the largest in Nevada history. These include a recent case in which we recovered a $500 million verdict. That case (Chanin v. Desert Shadow Endoscopy) will probably be the largest verdict in the United States this year, the largest verdict against a drug manufacturer in history and the largest punitive judgment against a drug manufacturer in history.
We also handle cases involving catastrophic injuries caused by ATVs, scooters, and other recreational vehicles. These accidents can be especially devastating because they often involve children or inexperienced drivers — people who were told that ATVs were fun without being properly warned of the dangers involved.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle or ATV accident, talking to a trial lawyer can help answer your questions. Contact our Nevada law firm regarding motorcycle and ATV accidents by calling 702-450-5400 or 800-450-5406 toll free. You can also complete our online contact form. Initial consultations are free and confidential.
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