Nevada Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

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As a motorcycle rider, you already know that you have to pay more attention than other drivers around you. You must carefully balance the rules of the road with the potential actions of other drivers. When those drivers fail to pay appropriate attention or to exercise due care around you, you may quickly end up in an accident. Unfortunately, your motorcycle offers little protection from the road or from the much larger, heavier vehicles around you. If you suffered injuries in a motorcycle crash, you need an attorney to fight to help you secure compensation for your injuries. Contact Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC today at (702) 382-9797 to learn more.

Why Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC?

Motorcycle accidents, like other auto accidents, should involve relatively straightforward resolutions. In a perfect world, you would contact the insurance company, and it would issue payment based on your injuries. Unfortunately, all too often, accident victims find themselves struggling with inadequate communication and cooperation from the other driver’s insurance company. At Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC, we have recovered more than $127 million for clients in a wide range of accidents, including:

  • $1,250,000 in a motorcycle accident in 2018
  • $2,650,000 in a semi truck accident in 2008
  • $3,300,000 in a defective product in MVA in 2013

If you suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle accident, you may wonder if you really need to retain an attorney and how much one will cost. At Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC, we start with a free consultation. We take personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis, which means you will not pay us until you receive compensation for your injuries. If you retain us, we provide many services. Oftentimes, we substantially increase the compensation our clients receive while providing valuable legal advice that often helps our clients move through the claims process more smoothly.

After Your Motorcycle Accident: The Injuries

Many victims suffer serious injuries in motorcycle accidents —often injuries that stay with them long-term or for the rest of their lives. These injuries might include:

  • Traumatic brain injury. While helmet use may decrease traumatic brain injury symptoms, it may not eliminate it completely.
  • Spinal cord damage, often causing paralysis. Paralysis may occur at any point in the spine but usually limits movement either below the waist or below the beck.
  • Amputations
  • Burns
  • Broken bones
  • Soft tissue damage, including ligament and tendon damage
  • Organ damage

After Your Motorcycle Accident: Understanding Your Claim

If you had your way, the insurance company would likely pay you quickly after your motorcycle accident, and the company would provide adequate payment for your injuries, your pain and suffering, and all of your future expenses. Unfortunately, in many cases, the claims process can prove quite difficult and complicated.

How will the insurance company attempt to fight the claim?

Some insurance companies will attempt to reduce their financial responsibility by disputing your claims and refusing to offer fair compensation. For example, the company might:

  • Try to prove that you, not the other driver, caused your motorcycle accident. If you share liability in the accident, it may reduce your compensation.
  • Attempt to prove that you’ve exaggerated your injuries. Can you participate in activities that your injuries should limit? Did you attend events that you claimed you could not participate in? These things can limit your claim and decrease the company’s liability.
  • Offer you a low settlement immediately after your motorcycle accident. Soon after the accident, you may not know how much your medical bills will cost or even understand the full extent of the funds you should receive, but you may be tempted to accept immediate cash. You should speak with an attorney before accepting any insurance offer.

What damages should you claim?

Each personal injury case, including motorcycle accidents, looks a little different. Your compensation may vary based on your injuries, the insurance company’s policies, and liability for the accident. However, most people claim the following:

  • Medical expenses. All the medical costs associated with your accident, from the ambulance trip to your physical therapy, are recoverable. Keeping track of your medical bills can make it easier to arrive at a final number for your medical bill claim.
  • Pain and suffering. You can receive compensation for the suffering that you experienced in the aftermath of your motorcycle accident. Pain and suffering compensation goes beyond physical pain to include elements like missed activities, general embarrassment, and PTSD.
  • Lost wages. Your motorcycle accident may prevent you from returning to work until you heal. If you remain in the hospital, you may not be able to attend work at all. Claiming lost wages can help you receive compensation for those lost hours and that lost income.
  • Lost earning potential. Did you suffer permanent injuries in your motorcycle accident that will prevent you from ever returning to your previous job? Lost earning potential represents your future inability to provide for yourself and your family through your previous employment.

Who bears responsibility for your accident?

To determine how to file your claim, you need to first determine who bears responsibility for your accident. Often, you may assume that, as the motorcycle rider and likely the person with the worst injuries, you should automatically receive compensation from the other party. However, liability may vary based on the situation surrounding your accident. For example, did you:

  • Drink and drive?
  • Fail to wear a motorcycle helmet?
  • Fail to properly follow the rules of the road, including allowing adequate room on the road for other vehicles or adhering to traffic signs and signals?
  • Drive recklessly?

If the other party caused the accident, his or her insurance company will likely cover the fees associated with your injuries. On the other hand, if you contributed to the accident, you may share liability for the damages. If you share liability, the insurance company may reduce your compensation by the percentage of the responsibility you bear. Other entities, including vehicle manufacturers, may also share liability for your accident if parts failed or vehicles failed to perform as expected on the road. Talking with a lawyer can help you more effectively determine all parties who may share liability for your accident.

Do You Need a Nevada Motorcycle Accident Attorney?

If you’ve suffered serious injuries in a Nevada motorcycle accident, you may need an attorney to help you file your claim or better understand the damages you should seek given your injuries. Call Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC today at (702) 382-9797, or contact us online, to discuss your claim, set up a free consultation at one of our four convenient office locations in Southern and Northern Nevada, and learn more about your rights following a motorcycle accident.

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