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Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
The United States is a nation on the move. From the cars that Americans use in all aspects of their daily lives to the trucks that transport goods from the source to the store, motor vehicles are intricately entwined in the fabric of society. Unfortunately, there is a price attached. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, there were more than 7.2 million crashes nationwide in 2016 that resulted in over 37,000 fatalities and more than 3.1 million injuries.
If you are like most people, you never expected to be injured in a motor vehicle accident, but you were. Perhaps your injury occurred during a collision between your car and another automobile or truck. Perhaps you were struck by a vehicle while riding your bicycle or motorcycle. You may even have been a pedestrian or a passenger riding on a commercial vehicle at the time of the accident. However you were injured, the fact remains that the accident has had — and may continue to have — a profound effect on your life and possibly the lives of your loved ones.
You may be in physical pain from your injuries, making it difficult or impossible to perform tasks that you once took for granted. You may be unable to work, take care of your home, shop or participate in family activities. If your injuries are severe, you may find that changing your clothes, preparing even a simple snack, or taking care of your grooming needs is beyond your abilities. You may have to rely on family members or hire a caregiver to help you with even the most basic tasks.
In addition, you are likely enduring emotional distress. Even if your injuries have not left you completely disabled, you are concerned over your mounting medical bills. If you are unable to work, you are probably worried about how you can continue to pay your normal bills as well as those related to your medical care. Your vehicle may need to be repaired or replaced, causing you additional stress.
You may also be concerned about what the future will hold. If you suffered a severe injury, you could be facing an extended period of rehabilitation. You are worried about how you will pay for your future medical expenses, especially if you will be unable to be gainfully employed until you are fully recovered. Your career plan could be sidetracked, or you may be forced to choose a different occupation as a result of your injury.
Furthermore, you may not be suffering alone. Your parents or adult children may have to help with your personal care or contribute to your financial support. Your spouse may feel the need to work longer hours or take a second job. If you have young children, they may not understand why you can no longer do the things that made your time together so special. Plans for a vacation, a new house, a college education or a new car may need to be postponed indefinitely.
In short, you may wonder whether you will ever have your old life back, and it may seem unfair that you are suffering for someone else’s negligence. Although no one can turn back the clock to the time before your accident, there are laws that were enacted to help those injured due to a driver’s negligence. In the United States, driving is a privilege, and it is a privilege that carries a responsibility. Drivers have an obligation to operate their vehicles in a safe, reasonable manner. This means that they should not drive while impaired, allow themselves to be distracted, ignore traffic signs, exceed the speed limit, or otherwise operate their vehicles in an unsafe manner. When drivers breach their duty and injure another party, that party is entitled to seek financial compensation. Financial compensation can include payments for medical expenses, lost wages, property losses, loss of future income, and payments for the injured person’s pain and suffering.
If you have been injured in an automobile accident, a personal injury attorney can evaluate your situation and help you seek the compensation that you deserve. At Lloyd Baker Powerhouse Injury Attorneys, our practice is devoted to matters related to personal injury law. From our offices in Las Vegas and Phoenix, we serve clients who are residents of or were injured in the states of Arizona and Nevada. Our attorneys are knowledgeable and experienced, and we are willing to fight for your right to be fairly compensated. To date, we have collected more than $117 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients. We are excellent listeners who recognize that everyone is a unique individual with unique needs. We offer free case consultations, so call our Las Vegas office at 702-444-2222 or our Phoenix office at 602-265-5555 to schedule yours today. If you prefer, you can reach us through our website by using the online chat feature or submitting the contact form.
Motorcyle Accident FAQs
Should I Seek Medical Attention Even Though I Seem Fine?
It is extremely important to go to the hospital immediately after the accident; at the very least, you should be seen by your physician. You may not notice symptoms immediately, especially if you have suffered a concussion or an injury to the soft tissue. A delay in seeking medical help can weaken your case. The insurance company may use your delay to argue that your injuries are not serious enough to justify compensation, that your injuries were not a result of the accident, or that you are attempting to secure as much compensation as possible without having a meaningful claim.
Will My Health Insurance Cover My Treatment?
If you have health insurance, the hospital or your doctor can bill your insurance company. The company can then seek to recover the cost of your care from the driver who was at fault. Depending on your policy, you may still be liable for copays or deductibles, but those amounts can be included in your suit.
What If I Do Not Have Health Insurance?
Certain hospitals and doctors will treat people injured in car accidents on a credit basis. It depends on the liability issues involved in your case and the provider’s policies. Furthermore, if your automobile insurance includes personal injury protection or medical payments coverage, you are probably covered. Your policy may have limitations, and your insurance company may be entitled to seek recovery from the other driver’s insurance company.
If I Live in Another State, Can My Attorney From Home Represent Me?
It is possible, but it is neither likely nor wise. First, your attorney would need to be admitted to practice law in Nevada. Second, a local attorney is much more familiar with the Nevada court system, the judges, and the resources that you or your case may need.
What If the Owner of the Other Vehicle Was Not the Driver?
If the owner of the vehicle gave the driver either implied or express permission to use the vehicle, the owner’s liability coverage extends to the driver. Express permission means that the owner gave explicit approval to the driver. Implied permission could be a history of the driver using the vehicle regularly. Furthermore, according to Nevada law, the vehicle’s owner is jointly liable for injuries caused by any member of his immediate family who resides in the home and who drives the vehicle.
What If the Other Driver Was in a Rental Car?
The driver’s insurance or the insurance he obtained from the rental agency will include liability coverage. If the rental agency failed to properly maintain the vehicle, rented to a minor, or was otherwise negligent in its duty, the agency may also be included in your lawsuit.
What Should I Do Immediately After a Motorcycle Accident?
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, you need to call the police. The police report will be a critical piece of evidence in your case. If you are mobile, you can take pictures of the scene and the damages, exchange information with the other driver, or ask witnesses for their contact information. Do not make any statements about your fault or speculate about what happened. As soon as possible, report the accident to your insurance agent or company.
Should I Speak With the Other Driver's Insurance Company?
It is advisable to consult an experienced attorney and follow his recommendations. The defendant’s insurance company will work hard to find evidence to undermine your claim, so the company’s representatives will want to know about your prior injuries or ask you to make a statement, hoping that you will offer something that can be used against you. It is best if you simply refer them to your attorney.
Should I Accept a Settlement?
The first offer from the other insurance company is almost certain to be less than you deserve. However, after negotiating with the company, your attorney may recommend that you settle. It depends on your case.
What Compensation Might I Receive?
You may be eligible for a variety of economic damages as well as noneconomic damages. In some cases, punitive damages can also be awarded.
- Economic damages are those that can be assigned a fixed monetary value. They include the repair or replacement of your vehicle, your medical expenses that are related to the accident, and your future and past earnings.
- Noneconomic damages are meant to compensate you for damages that cannot be assigned a fixed monetary value. They include your mental anguish if you suffer a mental or physical impairment, your pain and suffering, and your loss of the ability to enjoy life.
- Punitive damages can be assessed to punish someone where that was an intent to inflict harm, the driver was guilty of reckless endangerment, or the driver was driving under the influence or guilty of another type of criminal misconduct.
An attorney who has extensive experience in the area of auto accident law can be an extremely valuable member of your team. At Lloyd Baker Powerhouse Injury Attorneys, we will work hard to help you during this trying time. We have the experience and resources you need. We offer free case consultations, so schedule yours by calling 702-919-5756 or by contacting us through our website.
How Do I Know Whether I Have a Case?
There is no simple way to determine whether you have a case unless you consult an experienced attorney. In general, however, your fault should be 51 percent or less. You must also have suffered financial loss or an injury as a direct result of the accident.