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Nevada Motorcycle Accident | Nevada Accident Lawyer

Motorcycle riders are more likely to be injured than car drivers. For more information, please contact our injury lawyers at (702) 464-5000.

Motorcycles are popular throughout Nevada for many reasons: they are less expensive than traditional automobiles, need less fuel, and provide an exhilarating way to explore the state.

However, certain risks come with being a motorcyclist. This is particularly true for motorcyclists in Las Vegas, which has some of the worst drivers in the country.

In Nevada, motorcyclists are approximately 28 times more likely to die in traffic crashes than passenger car occupants. In 2018 alone, 59 motorcycle riders lost their lives while on the road in Nevada. That same year, 1 in 5 Nevada traffic fatalities involved a motorcycle rider.

Common Motorcycle Accidents

Most motorcycle accidents happen when motorcycles, trucks, or automobiles collide.

The following situations are likely to cause such collisions:

  • Motorcyclists failing to check their blind spots before making a turn or changing lanes

  • Truck or car drivers overestimating or underestimating the speed of motorcyclists

  • Truck or car drivers using bright headlights at night, which can blind motorcyclists

  • Truck or car drivers failing to check their blind spots before merging or making turns

  • Truck or car drivers making a U-turn without specifically checking for motorcycles

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Many motorcyclists come to Nevada accident lawyers with broken and dislocated bones, spinal cord injuries, and head injuries.

Head injuries are the most fatal of motorcycle injuries. They can range from concussions to traumatic brain injury and death.

What Should Motorcyclists Wear to Protect Themselves?

In addition to being more aware while on the road, motorcyclists need to do the following to protect themselves and others.

Under Nevada law, helmets and protective face shields or goggles are required when riding a motorcycle.

To protect their arms and torso from injury, motorcyclists should wear a close-fitting leather jacket. Gloves will also give motorcyclists a tighter grip on their handgrips and protect their hands from potential injury.

To protect their legs, knees, and feet, motorcyclists should wear thick, full-length leather or Kevlar pants. They should also wear knee pads inside or outside their pants to protect their joints from dislocation.

Finally, motorcyclists’ boot soles should have a strong grip that enables them to grip the road when they stop.

Compensation for Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Motorcycle accidents may lead to compensation for future medical costs, surgery, and lost income. Victims of motorcycle accidents may also claim compensation for pain, suffering, and psychological effects.

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