In 2013, 1 in 5 Nevada traffic fatalities was a motorcyclist. There were 55 motorcycle fatalities in Southern Nevada in 2014. As of July 2015, there have been 23 motorcycle fatalities. Motorcyclists are more than 26 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a motor vehicle traffic crash. Between 2009 and 2013, nearly 1,100 motorcyclists were seriously injured in Nevada, and nearly 250 riders lost their lives on the roadways.
There is a vast difference between a car accident and a motorcycle accident as the vehicle safety systems on the two vehicles are completely different. In a car, a driver is surrounded by air bags, a strong vehicle safety frame and other safety features. On a motorcycle, the rider is bare; all they have is protective clothing and a helmet. While car accidents are tragic, the amount of risk taken by a motorcycle rider is much greater given that automobile drivers often do not see motorcycle riders when they are in traffic, changing lanes or even in parking lots.
Motorcycles are the most vulnerable of all motor vehicles on the road. If you take a moment to sit and talk with fellow motorcycle riders like we do, they will share stories of inconsiderate drivers behind the wheel of cars and trucks that aren’t vigilant about watching for motorcycles. Motorcycle riders are trained to be more vigilant than an average automobile driver in order to stay out of a car or truck’s blind spots and ensure their own safety. That’s why it is important to have a Las Vegas motorcycle attorney that understands exactly what you are going through on the roadways – a person who shares the same risk you take when you put on your helmet to take a ride.
At Bighorn Law, we have your back because we ride too and we understand what happens to riders on Southern Nevada roadways. As motorcyclists, we have a passion for bikes and motorcycle injury law. We love bikes and biker culture as much as you do and we understand the hazards you face on the roadways every day.
From the loop at Red Rock Canyon to the Valley’s freeways and surface streets, motorcyclists and cars have to share the roadways. Even though it is an economical way to get around, riding a motorcycle is extremely dangerous because all that is between you and an accident is your protective gear and your safety training. Each day, riders share stories of near-misses and unaware drivers, grateful every day for the nine months a year of beautiful riding weather but sad about the fact that riding is challenging due to reckless and unaware automobile drivers.
When a motorcycle accident happens, facing the aftermath is a nightmare no one wants to endure: Enormous medical bills, lost wages, extended pain and suffering, and repair or replacement of your bike.
Motorcycle injuries can range from bruises and skin abrasions known as “road rash” which can become infected if left untreated. Bone fractures, such as a broken arm, leg or other part of the body can result from impact and/or being thrown from a motorcycle. Wearing a helmet can’t always stop traumatic brain injury from occurring as head and neck injuries that can leave the rider paralyzed or in a vegetative state are some of the most common and severe types of motorcycle accident injuries. Victims of major motorcycle accidents that result in paralysis can face enormous medical bills, lost wages and extended emotional distress. Motorcycle accidents can also lead to permanent disfigurement as broken bones, burns, severe lacerations and loss of limbs can result in a rider’s financial ruin due to loss of income combined with exorbitant medical bills. If you have endured injuries like these, you need to have an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to fight for you when facing the aftermath of a motorcycle accident.
All too often, motorcycle accidents are fatal. A common misconception is that motorcycle accidents are the fault of the rider, when the truth is that many fatal accidents occur due to the negligence of the other driver and could have been avoided if the driver had exercised caution while on the road. This type of wrongful death can devastate families, friends and loved ones who are left behind to cope with the tragic loss.
If you have been the victim of a car or motorcycle accident in Las Vegas, call our office today at (702) 333-1111 for a free consultation. We will fight for your rights and obtain a fair settlement that will help you get back onto your feet and back on the road.