All too often, car and truck drivers overlook road safety for motorcyclists. When motorists fail to see motorcyclists or ignore their right to be on the road, the result can be serious and even fatal. If this happened to you, call Ladah Law firm to get a start on your claim today: 702-252-0055.
Motorcyclists who are victims of negligent acts can claim injury compensation for their medical needs, lost wages and pain and suffering. Families are also entitled to pursue compensation for any damages associated with wrongful death accidents. Motorcycle accident claims, however, can present many challenges, including insurance coverage issues, accident scene investigations, and any prejudice jurors have against motorcyclists.
Las Vegas motorcycle accident attorney Ramzy Ladah is an experienced personal injury lawyer with a record of success in cases involving catastrophic vehicle accidents and wrongful death accidents. He understands how to build strong and convincing legal arguments on behalf of motorcycle accident victims and their families. Contact our law firm today for a free initial consultation — we are committed to helping you get the compensation you need to rebuild your life.
Ramzy Ladah has discovered that careful case preparation can make all the difference. When appropriate, he consults accident scene investigators to determine the cause and liability factors, including:
Before focusing exclusively on Vegas accident victims’ rights, attorney Ramzy Ladah was an insurance defense attorney. He understands the techniques insurance companies use to avoid making fair settlement offers. Attorney Ramzy Ladah works to overcome this challenge through preparing every motorcycle accident claim to be successful in trial. Insurance companies are more likely to make large settlement offers, knowing we are fully prepared for a favorable trial verdict.
Between 2011 and 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported an increase in the number of motorcyclists injured and killed in accidents. In 2012, almost five thousand motorcyclists were killed in motorcycle collisions and over 90,000 motorcyclists were injured. In fact, NHTSA reported that a motorcyclist was 26 times more likely than a passenger car occupant to die in a crash and five times more likely to be injured.
Motorcycle accidents can result in serious injuries; however, even if no injuries are apparent, a motorcyclist who has just been involved in a crash should do the following:
Motorcycle accidents can result in serious injuries and thousands of dollars in medical bills, lost wages, and property damage. Contact the Ladah Law Firm, PLLC at (702) 252-0055 soon as possible after a motorcycle accident in Las Vegas in order to protect your rights and maximize your recovery.
It is common for new motorcyclists to take steps designed to protect themselves from the dangers of motorcycling. Helmets are purchased in order to protect the motorcyclist from head injuries in a crash. Visors or glasses are worn to protect against eye injuries caused by flying debris. And long-sleeved shirts, jackets, and pants are worn to protect against skin abrasions and “road rash.” While these protective steps are important and should be followed, new motorcyclists especially should be aware of other common injuries in Las Vegas motorcyclist accidents.
Due to the nature of the motorcycle and how a rider rides a bike, an accident or collision can cause the cyclist to smash his or her pelvis against the frame of the bike. This can cause painful bruising and fractures to the pelvis and other bones in the area. But because of the location of reproductive and digestive systems, a motorcycle crash can also result in serious damage to these organs as well. This can require extensive surgery and prolonged periods of therapy.
Most motorcyclists recognize that a motorcycle accident can result in broken bones or serious abrasions; however, few think that they could lose an arm or leg. However, it is not uncommon for a rider’s leg or arm to become pinched between the motorcycle and some other object or surface (like the roadway or another vehicle) during a crash. This alone is sufficient to cause an arm or leg (or fingers or toes) to be immediately lost. Or injuries to arms and legs can be so severe that it becomes medically necessary for a hospital to amputate these limbs.
A responsible motorcyclist puts on a helmet to protect him- or herself against head injuries or traumatic brain injuries, but there is little that can be done to protect against a spinal cord injury in a motorcycle crash. A spinal cord injury can cause excruciating, debilitating pain and can (in some cases) result in partial or complete paralysis. Depending on the location and severity of the injury, a spinal injury can require extended periods of therapy and significant time away from work.
It is easy to overlook emotional injuries and trauma that can occur after a motorcycle crash. It is not uncommon for riders to suffer posttraumatic stress disorder or depression. Some individuals can be so traumatized by the incident that they have anxiety attacks when they think of riding a motorcycle again. In some extreme cases, an injured rider may be unable to travel at all without anxiety or panic. Extensive therapy may be needed in these cases.
Little stands between a biker’s body and the pavement. Likewise, motorcyclists are more exposed to, and less shielded from, other vehicles on the road. As a result, a motorcycle accident can lead to a serious head injury, spinal cord injury or other serious injury. Victims of these injuries usually need extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation services.
At Ladah Law Firm, PLLC, attorney Ramzy Ladah places a priority on helping cycle crash victims get the medical care and services they need. We will work with your doctor or other medical experts to understand the special care you or your loved one needs to recover to the greatest extent possible. Then, we will work diligently to get the compensation needed to pay for this care and treatment and any pain and suffering.
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Many motorcyclists who get hurt in motorcycle accidents but were not wearing helmets at the time of the crash want to know if they can still recover compensation. The short answer is that many motorcyclists still may be able to obtain damages even if she or he failed to wear a helmet.
Under Nevada law (NRS 486.231), all motorcyclists in the state of Nevada—regardless of whether you are a Nevada resident—are required to wear motorcycle helmets anytime they are on the road. More specifically, the statute states that anytime a motorcycle is being driven on the highway, “the driver and passenger shall wear protective headgear securely fastened on the head and protective glasses, goggles or face shields meeting those standards.”
In other words, it is illegal to ride a motorcycle helmet on the highways in and around Las Vegas without a helmet. But does breaking the law when it comes to helmet you preclude you from obtaining financial compensation if you file a claim? The answer to this question depends on many different factors, but most importantly it raises the question of comparative negligence (NRS 41.141). Comparative negligence refers to the amount of the plaintiff’s negligence in comparison to that of the defendant (or defendants).
According to the statute, as long as a motorcycle accident victim is not 51 percent or more responsible for his or her injuries, then that motorcycle accident victim can still recover. This is tricky when it comes to traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and motorcycle accident recovery. If a motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet and suffered head trauma, the court can take into account the motorcyclist’s own negligence in failing to wear the helmet. If the court decides that the motorcyclist was more than 50 percent to blame for his or her head injuries, then the motorcyclist is barred from recovery. Even if the motorcyclist is 50 percent to blame, however, then she or he can still recover damages but the award will be reduced by the percentage of the motorcyclist’s own negligence.
For example, if the court says that failing to wear a helmet resulted in a plaintiff being 80 percent at fault for his head injuries, then he cannot recover anything. However, if the court determines that the plaintiff is 50 percent responsible for a TBI due to his failure to wear a helmet, then his damages award would be reduced by 50 percent.
While your motorcycle claim is pending, it is extremely important to follow the advice of your healthcare providers and to receive any and all medical treatment that is necessary for your physical and emotional recovery. You do not want the other side to suggest that your injuries worsened because of your own delay or negligence.
As you wait for your case to progress, it is also important to stay in touch with your personal injury attorney and to provide any updated information concerning your condition, as well as any attempted contact from the other party or from the insurance company.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), motorcyclists are at much higher risk of injury than occupants of motor vehicles in the event of a collision. Indeed, the IIHS states that “riding a motorcycle is inherently riskier than driving a car,” and “when crashes occur, motorcyclists are at greater risk of serious injury or death because they don’t have an enclosed vehicle to protect them.” Just because motorcycles are more dangerous than cars and trucks, however, does not mean that an insurance company or a jury can penalize a motorcyclist for choosing this form of transportation.
Although motorcycle accident injuries may be more severe for the motorcyclist, the insurance company and the jury, if there is a need to file a lawsuit, will focus on the facts of the case pertaining to negligence and fault.
If a motorcyclist is somewhat at fault for a crash, there is certainly still the possibility of a strong and winning case.
This question pertains to Nevada’s comparative negligence law (NRS 41.141). As long as a plaintiff is not 51 percent or more negligent, then the plaintiff is still allowed to recover damages under the law. However, the damages award will be reduced by the plaintiff’s proportion of the negligence. For example, if a motorcyclist was weaving between lanes or speeding when he was struck by a drunk driver, the court might determine that the motorcyclist was 20 percent to blame but that the drunk driver bears 80 percent of the blame for the crash. In this scenario, the motorcyclist could still recover damages, but his damages award would be reduced by 20 percent. To show you how this would work, imagine that the motorcyclist was awarded $100,000 in damages. Since the plaintiff was 20 percent negligent, that award would be reduced by 20 percent, or $20,000, and he would recover $80,000.
Motorcycle accident claims are not treated any differently than other motor vehicle collisions when it comes to comparative negligence and damages awards. If anything, juries recognize that motorists owe a duty to motorcyclists to share the road.
Motorcycle passengers who are injured need to work with a lawyer to file their own claims. An injured passenger will need to decide whether to file with his or her own insurance company or with the insurance company of the negligent driver. In addition, the passenger will need to work with a lawyer to determine whether an insurance settlement is sufficient or whether there is a need to file a lawsuit.
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Motorcycles : The Most Dangerous Ride
Motorcycles are fun and fuel efficient.
But there’s no denying the fact that they’re also way more dangerous than a car.
In 2015, 4,976 people died in motorcycle crashes, up 8.3% from 4,594 in 2014, according to a
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report.
In 2015, 88,000 motorcyclists were injured, down 4.3% from 92,000 in 2014.
In 2014, motorcyclists were 27X more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled, and almost five times more likely to be injured.
There were about 8.4 million motorcycles on the road in 2014.
In 2014, 4,586 people died in motorcycle crashes, down 2.3% from 4,692 in 2013.
(U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
In 2014, 39% of the motorcyclists killed were not wearing helmets, down from 41% in 2013.
The fatality rate per registered vehicle for motorcyclists in 2014 was six times the fatality rate for
passenger car occupants, according to NHTSA
From 2004 to 2013, motorcyclist fatalities increased by 16%.
The 40-and-older age group made up 46% of motorcyclist killed in 2004 as compared to 55% of the motorcyclist killed in 2013.
Over the 10-year period from 2004–2013, fatalities among the 40-and-older age group increased by 39% (from 1,854 to 2,580).
In 2004, the average age of motorcycle riders killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes was 38, whereas in 2013 the average age was 42.
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Helmets are 37% effective in preventing fatal injuries to motorcycle riders and 41% for motorcycle passengers.
Helmets are useful as safety gear to prevent injuries in an uncontrolled environment. If you can’t prevent a crash or impact, but you know it will occur, a helmet can prevent or minimize injury to the head and brain.
Helmets designed to handle major crash energy generally contain a layer of crushable foam.
During a crash, the foam part of a helmet crushes, controlling the crash energy and extending your head’s
stopping time by about six thousandths of a second (6 ms) to reduce the peak impact to the brain.
The helmet was subjected to an impact.
whopping 13.04% of fatal collisions.
In a single year from 2011 to 2012 motorcyclist injuries increased 15%,
from 81,000 injuries in 2011 to 93,000 in 2012.
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Motorists must be mindful and observant while driving.
Negligent drivers can cause serious injury to a motorcyclist.
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Motorcyclists understand that riding a cycle places them at an increased risk for suffering serious injuries. In fact, statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests that motorcyclists are five times more likely to suffer injuries in a crash as opposed to occupants of passenger cars. Even with this realization, a fatal motorcycle accident is devastating for the motorcyclist’s family and friends. While no amount of money or compensation can replace the loss of a loved one, it is important to realize that compensation is available to help surviving family members cope with the financial costs caused by this traumatic event. The attorneys at Ladah Law Firm have the experience you need in this type of case and there’s no cost unless we win: 702-252-0055
In 2010 alone, there were 30 motorcycle fatalities in Clark County and 45 motorcycle fatalities statewide. While Nevada does not provide statistics concerning the factors present in these fatal motorcycle crashes, data is available showing what factors are generally present in fatal vehicle crashes. These factors include:
When a motorcyclist is killed in a fatal motorcycle accident, the biker’s surviving family members are able to bring a lawsuit on his or her behalf to recover compensation for expenses and losses such as any medical bills incurred before death, funeral and burial expenses, lost future wages, and loss of consortium. The key to recovering any damages is to show that the motorcyclist’s death was caused by the carelessness or negligence of the other driver.
Carelessness or negligence can be proven with evidence that the other driver violated some traffic law or ordinance. These laws are created for the safety of others and when a driver violates these “rules of the road,” other drivers can be put at risk. The main question that is asked when determining whether certain activity is negligent is this: “What would a reasonably careful or prudent driver have done?” If the other driver acted as a reasonable and prudent driver would have, then no negligence will be found. If the other driver did not act in a reasonable and prudent manner, however, that driver will be found negligent.
Losing a loved one is a traumatic experience, especially when your loved one was involved in a fatal motorcycle accident. The expenses that can accumulate from such an event can run in the tens of thousands of dollars (at least), and the emotional and psychological pain can be debilitating.
Despite frequent awareness campaigns, drivers of cars and trucks can fail to notice motorcyclists. Even when a car or truck is not moving, it can still pose a danger to a motorcyclist if the driver is not paying attention. Suddenly opening the door to a car or truck and into the direct path of a motorcyclist can result in serious or even fatal injuries to the motorcyclist. Usually, car doors are opened so quickly and unexpectedly that the motorcyclist does not have sufficient time to avoid a collision. In these cases and many others, the experienced lawyers at Ladah Law Firm can help: 702-252-0055
The speed at which the motorcyclist was traveling will dictate in part how severe his or her injuries are. But even in cities and residential areas where the majority of these types of collisions occur – and where speed limits are typically low – serious injuries can still occur. The abruptness of an open door collision can send a motorcyclist flying off his or her bike and colliding with other cars, the street, the curb, or other stationary objects. Some of the injuries that can result include:
Any one of these injuries can result significant medical expenses, time away from work, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. It is not uncommon after a catastrophic accident for the motorcyclist to be unable to ride again due to anxieties and lingering trauma.
Recovering compensation for your injuries after a Las Vegas open door motorcycle accident depends on showing that the motorist acted negligently or carelessly. The motorist will undoubtedly attempt to defend him- or herself by claiming that the sun or some other distraction prevented the motorist from seeing you or that you yourself were violating the traffic laws or otherwise acting carelessly. If the motorist is successful in proving this in court, you may find that your compensation award is reduced. To protect your award and receive the maximum amount of compensation after an open door motorcycle accident, you need the assistance of an attorney thoroughly familiar with these type of collisions and the evidence that shows who was at fault. By thoroughly investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding your collision, we can “reconstruct” your accident, showing a court just whose actions caused the collision to occur.
There is a reason that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and other government agencies routinely promote motorcycle awareness months – that is, many motorists are not aware of how to share the road with motorcyclists. When motorists do not exercise care and consider that motorcyclists are using the same roadways they are, it is usually the motorcyclist who pays the price. A collision between a car and a motorcyclist can leave the motorcyclist with serious injuries requiring significant medical treatment. This is a special type of case that needs the type experienced legal representation the lawyers at Ladah Law Firm can provide. You can contact them at: 702-252-0055.
Nevada statistics show that in 2010 alone there were a total of nearly 19,000 vehicle injury crashes and 235 fatal vehicle crashes. These numbers include crashes involving motorcycles. Contributing to these vehicle crashes are a number of factors related to inattentiveness, including:
Any individual driving or riding a motorcycle on the roadway is bound to come across obstacles. Hazards such as orange construction cones and construction equipment are usually easily detected and can be navigated with little difficulty. Dangers such as loose gravel, an animal, or missing manhole covers are not so easily avoided. Whereas a car has the ability to travel across some of these hazards without much trouble or damage, odds are that a motorcyclist who hits an open manhole at 35 miles per hour will suffer a serious motorcycle crash. Who is to blame when a motorcycle crashes because of road hazards? You need an experienced attorney in this situation to help you fight your case: 702-252-0055
There are innumerable examples of road hazards that can present themselves to motorcyclists. Some hazards are easily detectable and avoidable; others are more difficult to spot. Examples of hazards include:
When you have been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by a road hazard, your first priority should be making sure you receive the medical treatment you need for your injuries. Some injuries will only get worse if left untreated; furthermore, the longer you wait to receive treatment, the more difficult it becomes to show that your injuries are attributable to the road hazard accident.
Once you receive treatment, the following steps can help you recover compensation for the injuries you suffered:
Motorcycle riders are familiar with some of the dangers associated with riding. One of the most common dangers involves “road rash.” When a motorcyclist is thrown from his or her cycle, he or she can slide for a considerable distance across the roadway before he or she finally comes to rest. A motorcyclist who slides across the rough asphalt of a highway or street can suffer cuts, abrasions, and lacerations to any part of his or her body that scrapes along the roadway. The term “road rash” is a catch-all term used to describe the injuries motorcyclists receive after sliding across the road. If you’ve recently experienced this, now is the time to contact an experienced attorney: 702-252-0055
There are three“degrees” of road rash. The various degrees are used to describe the severity of the injuries suffered by the motorcyclist. There is no scientific method by which motorcyclists are diagnosed with one degree of road rash or the other; rather, medical personnel will make a determination based upon the injuries observed. The three degrees of road rash are:
If you have suffered road rash after a Las Vegas motorcycle accident caused by another’s carelessness, it is important that you seek medical attention – especially for third degree injuries. When it is possible, take photographs of your injuries to document their severity. Your severe road rash injuries can result in significant medical bills and expenses; however, if your injuries were caused by the negligence of another, you can receive compensation for your injuries.
A motorcycle is no match for the sheer size and weight of a commercial vehicle or truck. Regardless of who is at fault, when a motorcycle and a truck collide, it is not uncommon for the motorcyclist to suffer catastrophic or fatal injuries. Furthermore, commercial carriers like trucking companies often have lawyers working to ensure that if their drivers are involved in an accident then the company does not pay more than absolutely necessary. Calling an experienced attorney at Ladah Law Firm is the first step to navigating through these murky waters: 702-252-0055.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) maintains records on motorcycle crashes. In general, the number of fatal motorcycle crashes rose 7.1 percent between 2011 and 2012. Part of this increase was likely due to the increase in the number of motorcycles on the road (up 500,000 between 2009 and 2012). NHTSA also indicates that motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to die in a crash per mile traveled and five times more likely to be injured per mile traveled than occupants of passenger vehicles. In Nevada alone, 30 fatal motorcycle crashes occurred in Clark County in 2010. Large trucks were involved in almost 1,500 crashes in 2010 as well.
A motorcyclist involved in a truck accident should first and foremost obtain medical attention for any injuries he or she sustains. These injuries can include severe road rash, broken bones, internal injuries, neurological damage, and amputation of limbs. Once you have sought medical attention, you should consider or consider asking someone to:
Trucking companies employ attorneys whose sole focus is trucking accidents, so it is important to act quickly after being involved in a truck and motorcycle accident. You deserve & need an attorney who is experienced and knowledgeable about Las Vegas truck and motorcycle accidents and the difficulties and challenges this type of case can present.
Part of the appeal of a motorcycle is its small size and nimbleness. A motorcycle can simply go places and perform maneuvers that are impossible for cars and trucks. But sometimes drivers of cars and trucks are unaware of the capabilities of motorcycles as well as their own vehicles. As a result, they will “tail” motorcyclists or follow them too closely, believing that if a motorcyclist stops or turns suddenly, they will have sufficient time to react. Unfortunately, while a motorcycle is capable of stopping quickly, cars and trucks usually need more time and distance in order to safely stop. Thus, it is easy for vehicles following a motorcycle too closely to slam into the back of the motorcycle while trying to stop. If this has happened to you, don’t hesitate, call Ladah Law Firm right away to get your case started: 702-252-0055
Under Nevada law, motorists are required to leave a sufficient distance between themselves and other vehicles. The amount of distance required is whatever is “reasonable and prudent” given the road circumstances at the time. When one vehicle follows another vehicle too closely, the risk of an accident increases. Depending on the speed of the vehicles at the time of a rear-end collision, property damage is certain to result. If the speeds of the vehicles are great enough, there may be some injuries to the drivers and passengers.
With a motorcycle rear-end accident, the motorcyclist is almost guaranteed to suffer serious injuries. The force of the collision can cause the bike to slide out from under the rider, causing serious pelvic injuries, road rash, and other catastrophic injuries. Or the rider can lose control of the motorcycle and strike another vehicle or stationary object. Any of these injuries can result in substantial medical bills and time away from work and home. In addition, riders can suffer pain and emotional or mental trauma.
Every person who uses a vehicle of some sort on a roadway owes a “duty of care” to other individuals on the road. This “duty of care” requires the person to act reasonably careful so as not to injure others. When a motorist violates traffic laws by following a motorcycle too closely and a motorcycle accident occurs, the motorist’s traffic violation can be considered evidence of the motorist’s carelessness. Traffic safety laws exist to protect motorists and others who share the road from suffering injury. A motorist who disregards such laws can be considered to be acting negligently or carelessly.
The attorneys at the Ladah Law Firm, PLLC are committed to helping victims recover compensation after they have been injured in a Las Vegas motorcyclist accident. Regardless of the nature of your precise injury, if you have been injured because of someone else’s negligence, contact us today at (702) 252-0055 for a free consultation.
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