Las Vegas Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney in LV

An accident, much like a speeding car, can come out of nowhere when you least expect it and cause a lot of trouble in the long term. When you are struck on your motorcycle, don’t take chances with your health, well-being, and dignity: hire our firm to take care of what is most important to you. With hundreds of cases settled and victims compensated properly for their injuries, we know how to handle your motor vehicle accident case with skill and expertise. We know you want to receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries, and our training and experience will go to work immediately for you – the insurance companies know that our motorcycle accident lawyer Las Vegas team means business, and we will stand firm against unreasonably low offers that would only serve their company’s best interests, not your own.

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Motorcyclists Face More Dangers the Driver of an Average Sized Vehicle

Unfortunately, because of their vehicle’s small frame, motorcyclists are more prone to roadway hazards than any other vehicle operator on the road. Furthermore, they are more susceptible to serious injuries and fatalities than the driver of a four-door sedan or larger vehicle. According to the Nevada Department of Transportation, motorcycle accidents were more likely to cause injury or death than accidents involving just four-door sedans. The discrepancies in numbers is shockingly high, and are as follows:

  •      79 percent of motorcycle accidents involved injuries, while only 37 percent of car accidents did;
  •      4.6 percent of motorcycle accidents were fatal, while only 0.25 percent of four-door sedan accidents resulted in death; and
  •      Of all Nevada vehicular accidents in 2010, motorcyclists were involved in only 1.08 percent, but accounted for a whopping 13.04 percent of fatal collisions.

Furthermore, in a single year – from 2011 to 2012 – motorcyclist injuries increased 15 percent, from 81,000 injuries in 2011 to 93,000 in 2012.

Factors and Conditions that Lead to Las Vegas Motorcycle Accidents

When an individual chooses to operate a motorcycle, they – to some degree – accept the fact that there are more risks involved, and that they will be more prone to dangers of the road than any other vehicle out there. From drunk drivers to poor road conditions, motorcyclists face many challenges that put them in harm’s way. At Naqvi Injury Law, our Las Vegas motorcycle accident attorneys understand these unique challenges, and are here to help when these uncontrollable factors get in your way of enjoying the open roads:

Poor Road Conditions

Poor road conditions are the leading cause of motorcycle accidents in Las Vegas. Though they are completely unavoidable, understanding the unique conditions that commonly lead to motorcycle accidents in Las Vegas may help motorcyclists anticipate the dangers and better prepare themselves before heading out for a ride. Road conditions that commonly cause Las Vegas motorcycle accidents include:

  •      Bad weather, including fog, heavy winds, ice, rain, and snow;
  •      Surfaces with poor tractions, including gravel, manhole covers, mud, leaves, oil, and wet pavement;
  •      Sudden, unexpected obstacles, including animals, debris, litter, and pedestrians; and
  •      Uneven or damaged surfaces, such as broken or rough pavement, bumps, holes, and ruts.

Human Error

While many causes of motorcycle accidents in Las Vegas are unavoidable, there are just as many that are avoidable. Human error accounts for a large number of car accidents on roadways these days, and motorcyclists are not immune. Below are the top five causes of motorcycle accidents due to human error in Las Vegas:

  •      Speeding: Speeding on or around a motorcyclist is especially dangerous, because not only does it decrease the likelihood that the motorcyclist will be seen in a timely enough manner to prevent collision, but when a collision does occur, the force of impact will be that much greater, leading much more severe injuries had one or both parties not been speeding.
  •      Drunk Driving: 26 percent of motorcyclists involved in motorcycle fatalities in 2011 had a BAC of .08 percent or greater. In Las Vegas, drunk driving is a major concern for authorities, especially when the drunk driver is a motorcyclist. This is because alcohol can impair judgment, vision, reaction time, and physical capabilities, all of which are imperative to have when getting onto the back of a motorcycle.
  •      Distracted Driving: Texting, eating, smoking – distracted driving includes any activity that takes one’s mind, eyes, and hands away from the act of driving. Distracted driving is becoming the leading cause of car accidents nationwide, so it is important that motorcyclists pay extra attention to the vehicles around them, and make sure that all drivers know they are there.
  •      Texting While Driving: While this could fall under the category of “distracted driving,” texting while driving deserves its own bullet point. Texting takes all three forms of a driver’s attention away from the road – visual, cognitive, and manual – and so is therefore especially dangerous to Las Vegas motorcyclists.
  •      Common Traffic Violations: From running a stop sign to failure to yield, even the smallest traffic violation can lead to serious injuries or even fatalities for a motorcycle driver. Because of this, it is extremely important that motorcyclists remain extra alert and aware of all drivers around them, to follow all rules of the road, and to compensate for drivers that fail to follow the rules of the road.

Rider Inexperience & Failure to Meet Requirements

Finally, rider inexperience is a huge concern for Las Vegas authorities. Unfortunately, one out of every four motorcycle fatalities involved a rider who did not hold a valid Las Vegas motorcycle license, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While many individuals think that riding a motorcycle is as simple as riding a bike, and that the rules for motorcyclists on the road are the same for cars and trucks, they would be mistaken. The motorcycle safety courses that one is required to take before taking their bike out on the road provide safety tips and roadway rules meant to better protect both motorcyclists and other vehicles; however, it is impossible to know of these safety measures if one fails to take the required courses.

Additionally, many riders – partially because they did not take the mandatory motorcycle licensure or safety courses provided by the state of Nevada – fail to meet all of the mandatory equipment requirements for riding a bike out on the roadways. Equipment requirements include:

  •      Front and rear brakes;
  •      Front and rear electric turn signals;
  •      Front and back wheel fenders;
  •      Adjustable footrests for passengers;
  •      Handlebars that are positioned at a height that ensures handgrips are below shoulder level;
  •      At least one headlight for daytime and nighttime use, but no more than two;
  •      Horn;
  •      Muffler;
  •      Rearview mirrors on each handlebar;
  •      At least one reflector that is rear-mounted and visible in low beam lights from at least 300 feet away;
  •      Brake lights that are visible during both day and night from at least 300 feet away; and
  •      A taillight that is visible during both day and night from at least 500 feet away.

Again, many motorcyclists do not meet these safety requirements because they do not receive proper licensure or take the recommended safety courses before hitting the open road. At Naqvi Injury Law, our Las Vegas motorcycle accident lawyers encourage each of our clients to take the proper training courses and programs before get back behind the handlebars of a motorcycle – even if they have already taken the courses.

Insurance Requirements for Las Vegas Motorcyclists

As a motorcyclist in Las Vegas, it is against the law to operate a motorcycle without meeting the minimum insurance requirements. According to the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, each motorcycle operator in the state of Nevada is required to have the following:

  •      $15,000 coverage for bodily injury or death for one person in any one accident;
  •      $30,000 coverage for bodily injury or death for at least two people in any one accident; and
  •      $10,000 for the damage or destruction to property in any one accident.

As a motorcyclist, however, it is recommended that you carry additional insurance, as your damages are likely to be much greater than the average vehicle operator’s in the event of a Las Vegas motorcycle accident. At Naqvi Injury Law, our motorcycle accident attorneys recommend carrying the following in additional coverage:

  •      Collision coverage;
  •      Comprehensive coverage; and
  •      Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.
What To Do When You Have Been Involved in a Las Vegas Motorcycle Accident

If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident in Las Vegas, it is important that you take actions towards preparing and filing a motorcycle accident claim right away. Our Las Vegas motorcycle accident attorneys understand that you may be injured, and in no state to handle all of the paperwork and legalities on your own, which is what we are here for. At Naqvi Injury Law, our experienced attorneys can ensure that you act accordingly after a motorcycle accident, and that your actions or inactions do nothing but strengthen your case.

Some steps that you may want to take following a Las Vegas motorcycle accident include:

  •      Call 911;
  •      Identify and/or gather the names and numbers of any witnesses;
  •      Cooperate with the doctors, nurses, and hospital personnel who try to help you, but do not volunteer a lot of detail regarding the accident without your lawyer present;
  •      Have a friend or loved one take photos of your injuries, to go along with your medical records;
  •      Follow up on all recommended medical treatment, and do not miss an appointment;
  •      DO NOT give any statements to insurance adjusters;
  •      Keep a personal journal of how you are feeling in the days, weeks, and months following the accident, and be sure to record how each medical treatment helps or does not help you; and
  •      Ensure that your doctor is keeping accurate and detailed medical records.

Again, an experienced Las Vegas motorcycle accident lawyer can ensure everything you do or do not do only helps your case, so be sure to consult with a legal professional from Naqvi Injury Law as soon as you are able.

Make The Right Move

When you are involved in a motorcycle accident, it’s important to retain representation as soon as possible to avoid any missteps. The statements you make to the police and the insurance company will almost always come up later, which is why having a talented attorney on your side is so vital. We know the best route to take to win the largest payout for your injuries, pain, and suffering and we’ll guide you through even the most tangled of legal procedures without a problem. When you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, every move you make after the accident can have a positive or negative effect on the outcome of your case: hiring our motorcycle accident lawyer Las Vegas firm is one of the smartest moves you can make towards the largest settlement possible for your case.

Best Choice For Your Family

Victims of motorcycle accidents and their families may be able to claim compensation for their losses and suffering. These cases are not always easy to win, because insurance companies often resist providing compensation — even when the negligence of the other driver seems obvious.

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Why Work with Our Firm?

Naqvi Injury Law offers many benefits to car accident victims. In terms of fees, we usually charge only 25 to 33 percent of the total compensation, versus fees of up to 50 percent at other law firms. We also advance all costs while your case is pending.

When you hire one of our skilled attorneys, you’ll never have to wonder what comes next. We’ll guide you through the steps of pursuing the best payout for your injuries, while advising you of potential problems or practices to avoid while your case is being reviewed and worked on. We are available to answer any questions you may have about the different legal processes involved in your case, so you’ll never have to guess at what comes next. Unlike some law firms, we don’t charge you any fees until you receive compensation for your case, which means you can retain our services no matter what your financial situation may be. Give us a call, contact us through our website, or send us an email.

Experience, compassionate service, and the determination to prevail are the foundations of our law firm – the choice is clear.

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