How Motorcycle Accidents Happen
Honest Answers From A Las Vegas Lawyer
Las Vegas motorcycle accident attorneys at Paul S. Padda have years of experience
Many myths exist about motorcyclists and motorcycle accidents in Las Vegas and throughout Nevada involving other vehicles. Las Vegas accident lawyer Paul Padda has heard them all:
- Motorcyclists are outlaws.
- They ignore the rules of the road.
- They often cause accidents involving other vehicles.
Nothing could be farther from the truth! Just like most drivers, most motorcyclists are law-abiding citizens. Most motorcyclists obey traffic laws. And most multi-vehicle accidents involving motorcycles are caused by a driver who isn’t paying attention or even impaired by alcohol, drugs or fatigue.
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At Paul Padda Law, we’re well aware of the risks motorcyclists face every day on the road. We acquired this insight by working closely with motorcycle accident victims in Las Vegas and other cities in Nevada for many years. That’s why we work so hard for motorcycle accident victims. We know that many motorcyclists are unfairly blamed, even by insurance companies, for accidents they didn’t cause. At Paul Padda Law, we work tirelessly to make things right.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Our strong work ethic dates back decades. As former Nevada federal prosecutors, the founders of Paul Padda Law have always believed strongly in fighting for the rights of injury victims, whether they were injured by someone who was negligent or someone who had criminal intent. That’s why we work tirelessly to uncover the truth about motorcycle accidents and hold people accountable for their actions.
So how do most motorcycle accidents happen? Here are answers to that question and several others about the causes of motorcycle accidents.
What is the most common cause of motorcycle accidents involving another vehicle?
Cars making a left-hand turn account for 42 percent of all motorcycle accidents involving a car, according to the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration. These accidents often occur because the driver of the car does not see the motorcyclist, who has the right-of-way and is often continuing straight through the intersection.
What are some other causes of motorcycle accidents?
Like car and truck accidents, the causes of many motorcycle accidents involving other vehicles are similar. These causes include:
- Distracted drivers – Drivers texting while driving or using hand-held cellphones (both illegal in Nevada) often don’t see motorcyclists before it’s too late.
- Drunk drivers – Drivers under the influence of alcohol remain a serious hazard on the road in Las Vegas and other cities in Nevada for motorcyclists.
- Speeding drivers – The faster drivers go, the less time they have to react to motorcyclists on the road around them.
- Reckless or aggressive drivers – Tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic and other dangerous driving habits put motorcyclists at risk and frequently result in accidents.
What should I do if I’m involved in a motorcycle accident caused by another driver?
Motorcycle accidents happen fast. It’s easy to forget to do certain things after an accident during the stress and confusion of the moment. We advise people to take the following steps after a motorcycle accident:
- Call the police – An officer can interview those involved and create a report. By having law enforcement involved, you will have a permanent record of your accident, just in case the other driver later denies any wrongdoing.
- Don’t move your motorcycle – Keep your bike exactly where it was when your accident happened, unless doing so would put you or others in danger. By doing so, you’ll preserve the accident scene. By moving your bike, the insurance company for the driver might argue that fault cannot be determined.
- Gather evidence – If you feel healthy, gather facts about your motorcycle accident. Take photographs. Write down information: time of day, direction you were going, whether traffic lights were working. Information is power.
- Talk to witnesses – If you see someone who saw the accident, get his or her full name, address and phone number. And make sure the police talk to any witnesses too.
- See medical attention – Even if you feel fine, have a doctor or EMT check you out. You could have a serious, life-threatening injury and not even know it. Insurance companies might try to deny your claim or reduce compensation because you failed to seek immediate treatment, which sends a message that the accident was not serious.
- Call a lawyer – You have too much at stake to leave your accident to chance. We can help.
What is the average cost of a motorcycle accident?
It’s difficult to put an average price tag on the cost of a motorcycle accident, because any number of factors might affect the final number. Were you injured? If so, how seriously? Did you suffer physically, emotionally and financially? These are known as “damages” and an experienced attorney will need to investigate your particularly circumstances. According to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) study, the average cost of a fatal motorcycle accident is $1.2 million. Non-fatal motorcycle accidents vary from a few thousand dollars to more than one million dollars.
Should I hire a lawyer if another driver caused by motorcycle accident?
Yes. Even if your motorcycle accident seems straightforward – even if the other driver clearly caused your accident – don’t be so sure that you will be able to get a fair settlement on your own. Motorcycle accidents can quickly become complicated. Drivers change their stories. Evidence disappears. Memories fade. Don’t be caught off guard. Make sure you have an experienced, aggressive motorcycle accident lawyer who will fight for your rights and make sure you receive the compensation you rightfully deserve.
Paul Padda – An experienced lawyer who knows the system inside and out
We’re proud to be part of the community in Las Vegas. We believe strongly in serving the public and providing people with the help and resources they need after an accident. Our law firm’s founding attorneys served as Nevada federal prosecutors. We strongly believe in our nation’s judicial system and holding people accountable for their actions.