Motorcycle Collision Law Firm Las Vegas, NV
The state of Nevada has great weather, beautiful scenery and a lot of open roads and highways. These features make Nevada an attractive place to ride motorcycles. While motorcycles can be a fun and efficient way to get around, riding motorcycles can also be more dangerous than passenger vehicles and motorcycle collisions can result in serious injuries or fatalities. If you or a loved one has suffered due to a motorcycle collision, you need to contact Eglet Adams, a motorcycle collision law firm Las Vegas, NV residents can rely on to gain the compensation they deserve for their injuries.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are about 28 times as likely as passenger car occupants to die in a motor vehicle collision, many factors contribute to why that is true, including the size and visibility of motorcycles when compared to passenger vehicles. When an accident happens because of negligent drivers’ actions, compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering, and more may be available. At Eglet Adams, we have plenty of experience with complex motorcycle collision cases and have been able to secure maximum compensation for our clients. We are also familiar with the dangers that come with riding a motorcycle, as well as common forms of manipulation and intimidation that may be used against the rider by the defending party. Let our motorcycle accident lawyers, Las Vegas, NV protect your interests and help you secure the compensation you need to get your life back on track.
Injuries Sustained in Motorcycle Collisions
In a collision involving a passenger vehicle and a motorcycle, those riding in the passenger vehicle will be better protected than a motorcyclist. Those in the passenger vehicle are surrounded by the doors and roof of their vehicle, and their car is equipped with airbags and seat belts. A motorcycle lacks crashworthiness and the occupancy protection that a passenger vehicle contains. Motorcyclists only form of protection is the gear they wear; typically a helmet and sometimes body armor (jackets and pants that contain padding and tear-resistant materials to prevent road rash). When a motorcyclist collides with a passenger vehicle they will often face severe injuries. Some common injuries sustained when a motorcycle collides with a car are:
- Traumatic brain injuries- A disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a jolt, bump blow or penetrating head injury.
- Road rash- When a motorcyclist makes contact with the road, very serious skin abrasions called “road rash” may occur.
- Fractures- In a collision, a motorcyclist’s extremities can be caught or used to break a fall, leading to fractures.
- Spinal cord injuries- When the spine is injured in a collision, a motorcyclist can suffer from paraplegia or quadriplegia, which may result in permanent paralysis for a victim.
- Internal injuries- Blunt force trauma can lead to internal injuries or internal bleeding that requires immediate medical attention.
Common causes of Motorcycle Collisions
- Speeding- Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to see and react to other drivers on the road to prevent collisions.
- Unsafe lane changes- Drivers increase the risk for motorcycle collisions when they don’t use signals when changing lanes or check their blindspot.
- Sudden stops- When passenger vehicles follow too closely, an abrupt stop by a motorcyclist can result in a serious rear-end collision.
- Open car doors- A driver opens their car door in the path of an oncoming motorcyclist.
- Dangerous road conditions- Potholes, pavement cracks and improper signage can create conditions that cause motorcyclists to lose control of their motorcycles.
- Motorcycle defects- Manufacturers of motorcycles can be held liable when defective parts lead to accidents or injury.
How to Stay Safe When Riding
- Ride defensively- stay out of driver’s blind spots and don’t assume that drivers can see you. Signal in advance and watch out for other drivers turning.
- Wear proper riding gear- full-face helmets and clothing can help absorb impact in a collision or skid. Proper motorcycle clothing can also protect against road rash.
- Continue education- take riding safety classes to ensure that you are keeping your riding skills sharp.
- Follow traffic rules- go the speed limit and obey all signs and signals.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle collision, please don’t hesitate to call a motorcycle collision law firm in Las Vegas, NV. Call Eglet Adams to set up a free initial consultation with one of our attorneys who can assess your case and help you decide how to proceed.