Las Vegas Motorcycle Accident attorneys
Southern Nevada makes a great home for motorcycle enthusiasts. Whatever your ride, whether it is a cruiser, chopper, sportbike, or adventure bike, Las Vegas and its surrounding areas provide open scenery, relatively well-kept roads, and weather that allows for comfortable riding into late winter. Despite the great things about riding in the Las Vegas area, there are a lot of motorcycle accidents.
When these accidents occur, the team at SJW Injury Attorneys is here to represent you. The attorneys at SJW are avid riders who understand the passion for motorcycling that most riders share. We also understand the risks riders face every time they are on the road. This also gives us the unique knowledge and perspective needed to represent riders after a crash. If you were involved in a crash, we will work with you every step of the way towards getting your life back on track, including getting your motorcycle repaired, getting you the medical care you need, and getting you full and fair compensation for what you have been through.
Even minor motorcycle accidents can be much more traumatic than car accidents, often causing greater injuries to the motorcycle rider than the car’s driver or its passengers. Since riders are not protected like the occupants of a car, motorcycle accidents often cause extensive injuries to the motorcyclist. Sadly, the injuries resulting from a motorcycle crash can often include spine and brain injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBI), and even death.
According to the Nevada Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle accidents resulted in nearly 5,000 fatalities in 2018. That makes motorcycle riders 28 times more likely to die in a motorcycle accident than the occupants of a vehicle involved in a crash.
The most common area injured in a motorcycle accident is the lower extremities; meaning the area below the waist.
The following are a few injuries you could be facing after a motorcycle accident:
- Abrasions or Road Rash
- Brain Injuries
- Neck and Back Injuries
- Nerve damage
- Organ damage
- Torn Ligaments
- Even Death
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, seek immediate medical care. Often, injuries appear minor at the scene of the wreck but can cause greater pain in the following days and can be much more serious than they initially appear.
It is also important to remember that even minor car crashes can cause confusion, disorientation, and high levels of adrenaline, allowing injuries to go unnoticed at the scene of an accident. This means that riders who are hurt and even very seriously hurt can be unaware of their injuries until well after the actual crash. This is why it is so important to seek medical attention right after a crash. Even if you don’t notice serious injuries right away, you may be much more hurt than you realize. Allowing a doctor to properly identify the injuries you sustained, and get you the treatment you need, is not just important but could potentially save your life.
Making sure you receive the proper testing and medical care immediately following an accident, can also result in a faster recovery and strengthen your case, should you decide to pursue a claim. Amongst other things, it makes it harder for the insurance companies to falsely deny you were injured or that your injuries resulted from the crash – which they are likely to do.
If you were in a motorcycle accident and have questions about your medical treatment, feel free to give us a call or come by SJW Injury Attorneys and speak with one of the lawyers at our firm.
Motorcycle Accident Related Injuries
What To Do At The Scene Of A Motorcycle Crash
Unfortunately, anytime a motorcyclist is hit by a car or truck, they are almost certainly injured. If you believe that you or someone else may have been hurt, you should always request medical assistance right away. Misjudging the severity of an accident-related injury is common and because people may not feel pain immediately, or because people simply hope the pain will go away on its own, a lot of people do not think they need to see a doctor after an accident. This is true even if any injuries seem minor, as the adrenaline the body often produces right after getting hit on a bike can make it difficult to detect how serious an injury really is. For more on what to do while at the scene of a motorcycle crash, see our discussion of what to do at the scene of any auto accident. It describes the importance of things like gathering evidence and talking to witnesses. You can also find information regarding vehicle repairs, which also apply to motorcycle repairs in the previous link, and what to do and what to do after a crash.
The Nevada Helmet Law dictates the helmet requirements for motorcyclists and their passengers. As of October 1, 2019, Nevada has modified the law regarding motorcycle helmet requirements making it mandatory for riders and passengers of three-wheeled vehicles and mopeds to wear safety helmets as well.