Let’s be honest: part of the thrill of riding a motorcycle is that the very act can be dangerous. Unlike the confines of a vehicle, you’re exposed to the wind, rain, sunshine, potholes, traffic, and drivers who don’t see you. Even if you follow all the rules of the road and wear your helmet, you may still experience a motorcycle accident in Nevada.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics note that per vehicle miles traveled in 2020, motorcyclists were about 28 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to die in a crash and were 4 times more likely to be injured.
Nevada has several rules regarding the safe operation of motorcycles. Here are a few:
Should you be involved in a motorcycle accident, this checklist will help you immediately afterward, and allow you to provide valuable information later to your Las Vegas personal injury attorney.
After an accident, you must call 911 – it’s the law in Nevada. If you are badly hurt and can speak, yell for help and ask someone to call the police. If your motorcycle is in the path of traffic and you are physically able to move it, do so.
The police or ambulance staff will want to take you to the hospital. Let them. You may feel fine, but brain trauma and whiplash, which are not always evident immediately following an accident, can show up later. It is best to have medical professionals examine you to make sure there are no internal injuries.
Remember that slogan from movies and cop shows, “Anything you say can and will be used against you”? Even if you are at fault or partially at fault for the accident, admitting so is unwise. Your words may be used by an insurance company to deny your claim.
If the other driver or witnesses say you caused the accident, don’t argue with them. Instead, tell them to speak with your Las Vegas motorcycle accident lawyer.
If your phone is in working order, and you are physically able, take photos and videos of:
Be sure to get contact information (names, phone numbers, addresses) from everyone you speak with. Do not post any information about your accident on social media. Insurance adjusters regularly review individuals’ social media accounts, looking for ways to deny personal injury claims.
As soon as possible, let your insurance company know of the accident. Or, ask your motorcycle injury lawyers to notify the insurance company. Some companies have apps where you can upload photos and statements, but a phone call is sufficient to open a claim. Note that Nevada law gives you up to two years to submit an insurance claim, but it is better to file sooner rather than later.
A claims adjuster from the other driver’s insurance company may call you. If they do, avoid talking with them and do not answer any questions. Instead, refer the claims adjuster to your personal injury attorney.
The lawyers at Eric Blank Injury Attorneys have 79 years of collective experience representing clients in motorcycle accident claims. Our founder, Eric Blank, originally worked for insurance companies and well understands their defense tactics. The strategic legal methods he and his team use have helped them successfully represent thousands of clients.
All accidents, even minor ones, are shocking to the victims. No one remembers all the steps to take following an accident, which is why Eric Blank Injury Attorneys has prepared a valuable resource, 5 Things To Do When You’re In An Accident. Print out a copy and put it in your motorcycle’s tail bag, so you’ll have a guideline handy, just in case.
A motorcycle accident can be a terrifying experience, and the legal issues and insurance runaround afterward can be equally distressing. Your job is to focus on healing. Our job is to represent you. Call us today at (702) 222-2115 (702) 222-2115 or fill out our online form.
Our staff speaks English and Spanish and can visit you in the hospital or at home to take your statements and have you review documents. There is no cost to you to retain our firm, as we only collect a fee if we win your case.
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