As a motorcyclist, you take your own safety seriously, but even if you wear a helmet and ride defensively, you are still placed at risk by the knuckleheads you share the road with. When their negligence results in you or a loved one suffering serious injuries, “I’m so sorry, I didn’t see you” isn’t going to cut it.
With so little standing between a motorcycle and the pavement, motorcycle injuries are often traumatic. It is important to make sure you have a skilled motorcycle injury lawyer standing between you and the insurance company to make sure you aren’t injured a second time by their agenda.
In 2017, there were 89,000 motorcycle injuries. For every 100,000 motorcycles, there are 1,018 motorcycle-related injuries. When a motorcyclist is injured, their first instinct is to often go straight to insurance and file a claim. Insurance companies will often try to pay you as little as possible. Don’t be taken advantage of by insurance, you need a Las Vegas motorcycle accident lawyer that will fight for you!
Even if the insurance does everything right, there is a high likelihood that things will be missed, and you will not receive all of the compensation you are entitled to.
It is absolutely imperative to find a motorcycle injury lawyer who will work with you and seek maximum compensation. Dimopoulos Injury Law will work with you and fight on your behalf to help you receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to from your motorcycle accident.
Step 1: Stop and move out of the way of traffic, but do not leave the scene.
Step 2: Check thoroughly for injuries. You would be surprised how often injuries initially go unnoticed due to the adrenaline that flows after a life-threatening situation.
Step 3: Call the police if they are not already on the scene. It is important to file a police report and create a record of the accident.
Step 4: Exchange information such as names, phone numbers, and insurance info with others who were involved in the accident.
Whether you feel the effects of injuries or not, it is important to see a doctor. It can take hours, days, or months for the full extent of injuries to manifest. Creating a treatment record early can be an important factor in getting the compensation you need.
Nevada is an at-fault state, also known as a tort state. At-fault states will find who is responsible for the accident and place responsibility on that individual. Whoever is deemed responsible for the incident will have to pay for losses including property damages and medical bills. Normally the police officer will determine who is at fault by reviewing their gathered evidence, witness statements and reports, and analyzing the situation and accident scene. As a motorcyclist, it is important that you carry the correct insurance that covers the driver’s losses as a result of your own actions or inactions.
In the event of a motorcycle accident in Nevada, if you are not severely injured, you have three options:
Option three is the surest way of receiving what you are owed in the event that you are injured. Insurance companies will only cover so much and place limitations on what they will or will not cover. A personal injury lawsuit ensures that you are in capable hands as you will not have to do the fighting, Dimopoulos Injury Law will.
Negligence is defined by those who failed to drive safely and thus caused the accident and victim’s injuries. Injuries can include property damage, medical injuries, lost wages, or pain. If the victim is seeking compensation for anything, then negligence must be determined. Every person who uses the road is expected to protect their own wellbeing as well as be aware of the safety of others around them. Should a person fail to make that due diligence, they would be deemed negligent and therefore at fault.
With modified comparative negligence law in Nevada, two or more parties are liable for an accident. The way this works is that if someone is less than 50% at fault but more than 0% at fault, they will still receive their compensation. However, it would be reduced in accordance with their at-fault status. For example, if a motorcyclist victim sustains $4,000 dollars in injuries, but they are determined to be 40% at fault, they will receive $1,600 instead of the whole $4,000. If the plaintiff is found to be 50% or more at fault, they cannot file a personal injury claim.
A personal injury claim and a personal injury lawsuit are two different courses of action. A personal injury claim is what leads to a personal lawsuit if negotiations do not result in adequate compensation. Personal injury claims will typically be a motorcyclist’s first step in receiving compensation for their medical bills or property damage to their motorcycle. They involve going through your insurance provider. The investigation of the motorcycle accident will be managed by an insurance claims adjuster. The insurance company will then offer a financial settlement to help with any losses you experienced. Upon acceptance, you would normally have to sign a form to give up your right to sue the person at fault.
In the event you do not deem the insurance settlement to be acceptable, you may then file a personal injury lawsuit in which you contact a personal injury lawyer to do so on your behalf. A personal injury attorney, like Dimopoulos Law Firm, can make sure that any settlement offer you receive from the insurance company is in your best interest and reflects the true costs of your injuries. If it doesn’t, we are equipped to pursue what you deserve through litigation. We’ll deal with the insurance companies and the courts so you can focus on recovering from your injuries.
While you are riding, it is vital that you ride defensively and carefully. It is a safe bet to assume that not all of the cars around can see you. It is also important to remember that even though your motorcycle can go over 100mph, doesn’t mean you should. The wind blowing through your helmet protected head isn’t worth the fatal injury. The most common causes of accidents for motorcyclists are:
Motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die than those in a passenger car. In 2018, 4,985 motorcyclists were killed. Without a protected frame like a car, motorcyclists are vulnerable to injury or death. Should a motorcyclist die, the surviving family may file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver. Not everyone can file a wrongful death. They would have to be family members including a child, spouse, domestic partner, or parental figure. If neither exists, then an individual who can prove they were financially dependent on the deceased may file a wrongful death claim.
Through a wrongful death claim, the one filing may be compensated from:
When an accident occurs, motorcycle riders and passengers are placed at a higher risk of suffering catastrophic injuries due to their exposure and the lack of safety equipment such as seatbelts. Even a properly fitted helmet can only do so much to protect a rider who is thrown through the air at the moment of impact.
Injuries and conditions associated with motorcycle wrecks include:
The physical and emotional recovery process after a motorcycle crash can be daunting for all involved. It is crucial to make sure you have the financial resources to cover your current and future costs for medical bills, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, property damage, counseling, home renovations, and more. A lifelong injury to your brain or spine, for example, requires a settlement or verdict that provides you with lifelong compensation.
A personal injury attorney from Dimopoulos Law Firm can make sure that any settlement offer you receive from the insurance company is in your best interest and reflects the true costs of your injuries. If it does not, we are equipped to pursue what you deserve through litigation. We will deal with the insurance companies and the courts so you can focus on getting better.
Riders must always wear a helmet in Nevada. If they are wearing a half helmet, the rider must also wear goggles or a protective shield. We could delve into the topic about which helmet is better—Open-face, half-helmet, or full-face— but all it comes down to is, if you get into an accident, you want to make sure you’re protected. That being said, we highly recommend for the sake of your safety and skin, you wear a full-face helmet.
There are, however, different controversies about which safety standard is the best. There are three safety tests available for motorcycle helmets:
In America, DOT is the minimum but it wouldn’t hurt your chances of survival to go up a step further with a Snell or the ECE. A helmet is better than no helmet.
In Las Vegas, we welcome tourists from all over the world. If you find yourself under the unfortunate circumstance of a motorcycle accident, Dimopoulos Injury Law will represent you.
When you are facing a motorcycle accident you need to talk with an injury lawyer. The team at Dimopoulos Injury Law will guide you through the legal process with compassion and understanding. We will handle your insurance and legal issues so you can focus on healing and being with your family and loved ones. The physical and emotional recovery process after a motorcycle crash is daunting for all involved. It is crucial to make sure you have the financial resources to cover your current and future costs for medical bills, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, property damage, counseling, home renovations, and more. An injury to your brain or spine requires a settlement or verdict that provides you with enough compensation to last for the rest of your life. Dimopoulos Injury Law will get you the compensation deserve so you can focus on your recovery.
At Dimopoulos Law Firm, we proudly serve motorcycle riders throughout the Las Vegas area. Call 702-800-6000 anytime or send us an email to arrange your free initial consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney.
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