In Las Vegas, motorcycle safety is a pressing concern. According to the Nevada Department of Transportation, motorcycles are involved in one of every five road fatalities in the state. Las Vegas, known for its influx of tourists, presents a challenge for motorcyclists. The many visiting drivers unfamiliar with local roadways can increase the risks for riders.
Following a motorcycle accident in Las Vegas, victims face many immediate costs: medical bills, lost wages, vehicle repairs, and more. Beyond these, lasting injuries and emotional distress can diminish future earnings and quality of life. In Nevada, it’s possible to claim compensation to cover both the immediate and future financial impacts of a motorcycle accident and compensation for intangible impacts such as reductions in quality of life.
Remember that your compensation can be reduced based on your percentage of fault. Nevada uses “modified comparative negligence” to determine who’s at fault. This means that if you’re 20% at fault for the accident, you can still recover 80% of the total damages from the other party. However, suppose you’re responsible for half of the accident or more. In that case, you cannot recover any damages from the other party, regardless of how severe and costly your injuries are.
When it comes to liability, every detail matters. For example, incidents occurring in private areas like casino parking lots introduce different legal considerations, potentially implicating property owners or managers in liability claims. At Ladah Law Firm, our Las Vegas motorcycle accident lawyers meticulously investigate each party who may have contributed to your accident. This helps us maximize your compensation.
Prompt legal action is essential. The actual severity of injuries from a motorcycle accident often only becomes apparent with time, especially when it concerns head and spine injuries. But in Las Vegas, you must file your claim within two years of your motorcycle accident. Beyond that, you lose the right to claim.
If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident in Las Vegas, be prepared: opposing parties may try various defense strategies to shift blame. Using an experienced lawyer to organize against these strategies will increase your chances of securing rightful compensation.
Defendants often claim the motorcyclist was partially (or entirely) at fault. They will argue that you were speeding, not using turn signals, or weaving between lanes. At Ladah Law Firm, we proactively gather evidence to counter such claims, including eyewitness accounts, camera footage, crash scene reconstruction data, and more. We explore every avenue to prove your conduct adhered to traffic rules or, at the very least, that it didn’t directly contribute to the accident.
Medical evidence also plays an essential role in a case following a motorcycle accident. Even if a rider’s injuries might be partially attributed to their actions, this doesn’t absolve the other party of the accident of their negligence. For instance, if you weren’t wearing a helmet—regardless of whether it was legally mandated at the time of the accident—the other party may still bear some liability for your injuries. At Ladah Law Firm, we use thorough medical evaluations to ensure the true extent and origin of your injuries can be demonstrated at trial.
Another frequent claim is that the motorcyclist wasn’t visible due to clothing choice, poor lighting, or the small size of their vehicle. We search for evidence of appropriate reflective gear and functioning lights in these cases. Even in cases where you weren’t fully visible, this alone usually won’t excuse the other party’s negligence.
Defendants may also suggest that the motorcyclist’s lack of experience contributed to the accident. In this case, we highlight any rider training or certification and remind the court that everyone, even experienced riders, once were beginners.
If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident in Las Vegas, prioritize your safety and seek medical attention immediately, even for minor injuries. Remember to document the scene and gather witness information. Avoid making statements that may imply fault. Avoid sharing accident-related content on social media.
Compensation claims following a motorcycle accident can be complex legal affairs. At Ladah Law Firm, our motorcycle accident attorneys have the experience and commitment you need to