Las Vegas Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Motorcycle drivers have little to no control over the dangers present on the roads. Because they are much less stable and less visible to drivers, they are much more likely to be involved in a highway accident than a car is. Motorcycle riders are vulnerable to severe injuries if an accident occurs. People often hold the unwarranted assumption that if and when an accident occurs involving a motorcycle, the motorcyclist is the party at fault due to reckless driving, speeding, or weaving in and out of cars. While this is occasionally the case, the reality is that many accidents involving motorcycles are not caused by the motorcyclist but by either unsafe roadway conditions or a negligent driver sharing the road. It is because of this reality that if you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle accident, it is imperative that you reach out to an experienced personal injury lawyer to handle your case, from the investigation through to litigation in court, when a trial is necessary. Las Vegas attorney Eric H. Woods has the experience and expertise to represent the victims of motorcycle accidents and ensure that damages are awarded and compensation is provided if another party is at fault.
These figures show how dangerous motorcycle riding can be:
- Motorcycle deaths accounted for fourteen percent of all automobile wrecks in 2012.
- The number of motorcycle deaths in 2012 was nearly double the number of deaths in 1997.
- In 2006, the Department of Highway Safety reported that there were 35 more fatalities resulting from motorcycle accidents than car accidents, for each mile traveled.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
These are a few of the more common causes of motorcycle accidents:
- Negligent, reckless car and truck drivers
- Drug or alcohol intoxication
- Potholes or uneven roadways
- Head-on collisions with distracted or impaired driver drifting out of lane
- Crashes with cars making left hand turns (most frequent causes)
- Unsafe roadway conditions-—damaged pavements or bumpy roads, obstacles on the pavement
- Dangerous weather—heavy fog, rain, or wind
Motorcycle accidents involving other vehicles on the road account for more than 50 percent of fatalities of motorcyclists. More than 75 percent of the accidents resulting in fatalities involve a car hitting a motorcycle head on. A head on collision between a motorcycle and a car is almost always fatal (to the biker), and a motorcycle rider who survives will usually suffer severe or catastrophic injuries.
Accidents caused by a car making a left hand turn into a motorcycle are some of the worst accidents and the most dangerous situation for a motorcycle to be involved in. These types of accidents make up 42 percent of all motorcycle accidents. It is almost always the case that the car hitting the motorcycle in a left hand turn situation will be found to be at fault and responsible for the cyclist’s damages.
Other severe motorcycle accidents occur when a car changes lanes without checking carefully to see if the lane is clear and fails to see the motorcyclist, when a rider loses control on a wet surface, or when a rider hits a pothole, construction debris, or an obstacle on the pavement. There can be many causes for a motorcycle accident leading to significant injuries, and the majority of them are not the fault of the rider. For this reason, if you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, you should contact an attorney prior to speaking to or disclosing any information to insurance companies regarding the accident. Your attorney will conduct an investigation to determine who is responsible for the accident and will engage expert when necessary to prove the other driver’s liability.
Legal Assistance in Las Vegas for Your Nevada Motorcycle Accident Injury
Eric Woods knows how hard it can be to get your life back on keel after a motorcycle accident. When you are injured, in pain, and worried about your future, it can be hard to move forward and fight for your rights after an accident. Fortunately, there is hope. Eric will passionately and aggressively fight to ensure that that you receive the compensation you deserve for all of your economic and quality-of-life damages after a motorcycle accident in which another party was at fault.
The time to file your claim is limited, so protect your right to a recovery by calling the law offices of Eric Woods today. The consultation is entirely free, and you only pay legal fees and expenses if you receive monetary compensation.