It is no surprise that while motorcycles are exciting, they are also more dangerous than passenger vehicles. This is mostly because motorcyclists and their riders have little protection in a traffic-related accident, even if they are wearing the appropriate safety gear. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that nearly 90,000 motorcyclists were injured between 2015 and 2016 in traffic-related accidents. 14% of all traffic-related deaths were attributed to motorcyclists.
Although sometimes these crashes are the fault of the motorcycle driver, statistics show that most of the time the other driver is at fault for the collision. This is because the small size of a motorcycle - when compared to a passenger car and truck - often results in it being bumped, hit, or edged off the road by other drivers. Injuries caused by motorcycle accidents can range from minor bumps and bruises to broken bones and traumatic brain injuries, to death.
Proving Your Case
If you or someone you know has been hurt in a Nevada motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for harm suffered as a result. Compensation may cover things such as lost past and future wages, the cost of medical bills, property damage, disability income, and emotional trauma.
Insurance companies like to minimize an accident victim’s injuries so that they can pay out the least amount possible. If you gather strong medical and non-medical evidence for your motorcycle accident case, however, you do not have to be at the mercy of the insurance company. Below are some tips on how to build a strong case when it comes to your Nevada personal injury lawsuit:
Get a copy of the police report: Law enforcement should be called to the scene of the accident as soon as it occurs. A Nevada police officer should document the time the crash happened, the weather conditions, as well as the names of those involved and any witnesses to the collision. A few days after the accident, the police officer’s report should be available for you to request a copy;
Seek medical treatment right away: Even if you think your injuries are minor and could heal on their own, it is critical you see a medical doctor as soon as possible. This will help not only your health but your personal injury case;
Collect witness statements: Statements from witnesses to the accident, whether in written form or in audio/video format, can help put together the pieces of the accident and build up your personal injury case;
Take photos/videos: Although you will likely be unable to take photos or videos if you have just been hurt in an accident, others may be able to do so for you. Photos and videos add significant value to your case and can help increase your settlement offer;
Document everything as you go: Keep a daily journal of details related to your motorcycle accident. Describe what you can recollect from the crash as well as your mental and physical symptoms since the collision. Be sure to record any other changes that you experience as a result of the accident.
Track your expenses: Any expenses that you incur as a result of the motorcycle crash should be recorded. This includes medical treatment, travel costs, copayments, prescription medicine costs, and others. Be sure to keep all receipts and other documentation supporting your claimed expenses.
Personal Injury Help in Nevada
Accidents can be life-changing, depending on the amount of damage caused. Do not try to handle the aftermath on your own if you have been hurt in a Las Vegas, Nevada motorcycle accident. Contact the skilled personal injury attorneys at Parry & Pfau to learn about your rights under the law.
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