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October 8, 2019

Motorcycle Fatalities Increase in 2019

According to the Nevada Department of Public Safety, motorcycle fatalities in Clark County are on the increase for 2019.  Through August 2019, 24 fatalities have been reported, which represents a nearly 15% increase over last…

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According to the Nevada Department of Public Safety, motorcycle fatalities in Clark County are on the increase for 2019.  Through August 2019, 24 fatalities have been reported, las vegas personal injury lawyerwhich represents a nearly 15% increase over last year through August.  We certainly read newspaper articles and hear news reports regularly about fatalities on motorcycles.  All drivers should understand the unique challenges faced by motorcycle riders and act accordingly.  Defensive driving on the part of car, truck and motorcyclists can minimize the number of injuries and deaths of motorcyclists.

What are the common causes of motorcycle accidents?

It’s estimated that motorcyclist fatalities amount to 5,000 per year nationwide, with injuries of motorcyclists estimated at 90,000.  Considering motorcycles only represent 3% of vehicle registrations in the U.S. these fatality and injury statistics reflect special challenges motorcyclists face when riding.

Car turning left in front of motorcycle – This is considered the most common cause of motorcycle accidents.  It is also a large cause of all motor vehicle accidents.  Cyclists should be on a constant lookout for signs that a car is turning left to avoid these accidents.

Gravel and road hazards – Gravel in unexpected places or potholes can be devastating to a motorcyclist.  Experienced cyclists can usually navigate these situations.  Don’t ride faster than your skill and don’t over-estimate your skill.

Entering a turn too fast – The rule of thumb for motorcycle riders is Slow In – Fast Out.  Your pace should where reaction time and ability to take action fit within your range of vision. 

Car changes lanes – Motorcyclist must assume that they are invisible to 4 wheelers.  Stay out of blind spots.  

Impaired motorcycle riding – If you’re impaired, don’t ride.  It’s that simple.

Nevada Motorcycle Traffic Laws (DMV Motorcycle Operator Manual)

Helmets – Must be worn in Nevada when operating a motorcycle.  Face shields or goggles must also be worn, unless the motorcycle has a windshield or screen. 

Complete Lane – Motorcyclists have the right to use a complete lane of traffic

Passing – Motorcyclists may not pass or ride next to another vehicle in the same lane

Lane Splitting – Besides being dangerous, it is also illegal in Nevada.

Motorcycles may go through a red light – Under certain conditions: if after two light cycles, the light doesn’t change either through a defective signal or not being triggered by the motorcycle, the motorcycle rider may go through after yielding to pedestrians and other traffic.

The Richard Harris Law Firm represents injured motorcycle riders

We have affiliated with Law Tigers, a nationwide association of lawyers who specialize in motorcycle injury law.  The challenges of riding a motorcycle are unique, and so should be your legal representation when you get in an accident.  Our lawyers understand the law and the special needs of those injured on a motorcycle.  If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another driver, call our office today at (702) 444-4444.

Learn More:

https://www.rideapart.com/articles/254912/10-common-motorcycle-accidents-and-how-to-avoid-them/

https://www.mcieast.marines.mil/Portals/33/Documents/Safety/Traffic/10%20Biggest%20Dangers%20to%20Motorcyclists%20on%20the%20Road.pdf

https://dmvnv.com/pdfforms/dlbookmotorcycle.pdf

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May 15, 2019

Recent Motorcycle Accident has deadly outcome

[caption id="attachment_5000" align="alignnone" width="1345"] Lights of police car in night time. Night patrolling the city, lights flashing. Abstract blurry image.[/caption] Motorcycle riders will tell you, that cars don’t respect motorcycles.  While that may be true,…

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Lights of police car in night time. Night patrolling the city, lights flashing. Abstract blurry image.

Motorcycle riders will tell you, that cars don’t respect motorcycles.  While that may be true, some motorcyclists sometimes don’t respect the dangers that exist on the roads.  On Sunday, April 28, at about 10 PM, a motorcycle was traveling NB on Decatur approaching the intersection with Oakey.  Traveling SB on Decatur, a Ford Mustang made a left turn onto Oakey into the path of the motorcycle.  The motorcycle, which was carrying two riders, hit the right front of the Mustang ejecting both people on the motorcycle.

The person driving the motorcycle was killed at the scene, and his traveling companion was taken to UMC Trauma in critical condition.  The driver of the Mustang was also hurt and transported with non-life-threatening injuries.  Police do not believe that either driver was impaired but do believe that speed was a factor in the accident.  This was the 39th traffic death in Las Vegas this year.  As to who’s at fault, that information is unclear based on the public information available.  Our hearts go out to the families of those hurt and killed.  It’s tragic.

Is this a problem that’s getting worse?

Unfortunately, we read all too often of motorcyclists being killed in crashes in Las Vegas.  At times it’s a single vehicle accident, but many times, it due to a collision with another vehicle.  The state keeps statistics of such things, and the most recent numbers, as of March 2019, show that there have been 8 motorcycle accident deaths in Clark County, which is one less than the same period last year.  We’d like to think that’s an improvement, but the year is young.  Perhaps this accident illustrates how much more vulnerable people on motorcycles are in relation to passengers in a car.

70% of motorcycle accidents occur at intersections

We have been reporting on this topic regularly on this blog.  Regardless of who’s at fault, there are some facts of life that motorcyclists need to respect before getting on their bikes.  As far back as 2013 we offered suggestions to bikers to make their experience safer taking into account the lack of physical protection motorcycle riders have.  We repeat those suggestions here with an emphasis on item 5:

  1.  Take a motorcycle training course.  As Honda’s Jon Seidel states: “There is nothing we could say or advise more than to go find a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) riding course in your area.  That’s critical, absolutely critical.”  The MSF is the foremost national organization promoting motorcycle safety.  They have developed courses for riders ranging from beginner to advanced riding skills.  Costs range from free to about $350, and some dealerships provide such training as part of the purchase of a new bike.  Course completion may provide eligibility for discounts on insurance, and some states give credit toward obtaining the motorcycle endorsement on your driver’s license.  Talk to your dealership to find out about MSF or other like training organizations.
  2. Build your skills.  Motorcycle riding is more than driving a motorcycle.  It is a completely different skill set.  Balance and coordination are required to ride a motorcycle to a much greater degree than driving.  Just the act of shifting gears takes right hand/left hand/left foot coordination, and braking requires right hand/right foot coordination.  Especially if you’re a new rider, take time to learn and build the muscle memory it takes to ride a bike.  Stopping requires more than pushing a single pedal as in a car.  An emergency stop requires a large amount of skill to successfully execute.  Don’t ride in a manner more advanced than your skill set can support.
  3. Be Defensive.  Riders…to be blunt, by its very nature your vehicle is more dangerous than a car.  If you wish to be safe on your bike, stay out of blind spots, and make sure you can be seen by drivers of cars and trucks.  Unfortunately, roads are built predominately for cars, there are more cars on the road, and you need to accept the fact – when you’re on a motorcycle with cars and trucks on the road – you’re in a dangerous environment.  Drivers are enclosed with either wind noise, or soundproofing (if the windows are closed) they can’t hear you coming and may not see you, and if the driver is texting or talking on the phone, the driver may not be paying attention.  When, or if the car changes lanes and you’re in the blind spot, you may be completely within your rights, but you’re going to lose that contest.  Accept this as a condition of the road, and ride accordingly.
  4. Wear a helmet.  Riders without helmets are 40 times more likely to suffer a fatal head injury, and three times more likely to suffer brain injuries than those with helmets.  Full face helmets with a DOT certification sticker is the best choice.  Helmets today are light and comfortable.  If you want to protect yourself, wear a helmet.
  5. Be alert at intersections.  Nearly 70% of motorcycle/vehicle collisions occur at intersections.  Vehicles may turn in front of you or pull out from a side driveway or street.  Slow down, check traffic, check traffic again, and be prepared to react quickly.
  6. Assume you are invisible to other motorists and operate your motorcycle accordingly.  Position yourself to be seen.  Avoid the “No Zone” or blind spots on the right and left side of cars about even with and behind the rear wheels of the car.

The Richard Harris Law Firm represents those injured in motorcycle accidents

If you or a family member has been hurt or killed on a motorcycle, by a driver who was negligent, call us today to discuss your case.  We will see to it, that your settlement is fair and just.  Our attorneys have to experience and knowledge of the law to get you the best settlement possible.  Call us today at (702) 444-4444.

Learn More:

https://news3lv.com/news/local/one-dead-one-critical-in-motorcycle-crash-near-decatur-charleston

https://www.lasvegasnow.com/news/local-news/one-killed-two-injured-in-overnight-motorcycle-crash/1963190107

https://www.ktnv.com/news/1-dead-1-hospitalized-after-vegas-crash-involving-motorcycle

https://zerofatalitiesnv.com/ride-safe/

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January 21, 2019

How Can a Lawyer Help After a Motorcycle Crash?

Riding a motorcycle is a unique experience, and the weather in Nevada makes it an ideal place to cruise around on two wheels. But if you were recently involved in a motorcycle accident, you know…

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Riding a motorcycle is a unique experience, and the weather in Nevada makes it an ideal place to cruise around on two wheels. But if you were recently involved in a motorcycle accident, you know that a motorcycle’s lack of safety features can result in painful and disabling injuries—even when you wear all the recommended safety gear.

At Richard Harris Personal Injury Law Firm, it’s our goal to help motorcyclists like you get the compensation they deserve after they were hurt by careless drivers. Whether the driver that caused your crash turned left in front of you, cut you off the road, drifted into your lane, or violated traffic laws, our motorcycle accident attorneys want to fight for your rights.

3 Ways We Help Motorcycle Accident Victims

After a motorcycle accident, you may be dealing with severe injuries. The last thing you should have to worry about is filling out paperwork or negotiating with the insurance company. When you choose our Las Vegas motorcycle accident lawyers to handle your claim, we help you by:

  1. Handling all communication with the insurance company—All of the insurance company’s phone calls, emails, and letters will come to us. That’s the peace of mind you deserve.
  2. Collecting evidence concerning your injuries and who was at fault—The insurance company may doubt your claim initially, but we’ll use medical records, police reports, and witness testimony to leave no doubt about what happened.
  3. Negotiating to get you maximum compensation—Even if the insurance company agrees to pay, it might not be enough for your family. We’ll calculate how much you’re owed, and we’ll fight to help you get it.

Don’t go it alone after a motorcycle accident. Let us handle the paperwork and communication with the insurance company so that you can focus on what matters most—your health and your family. After a motorcycle crash in Nevada, contact Richard Harris Personal Injury Law Firm, and let us put our experience to work for you.

Filed under: Blog, Motorcycle Accident

July 23, 2018

3 Tips That Can Help All Motorcyclists Ride Safer

Motorcycles are fast, agile, and fuel-efficient, and that makes them popular vehicles for commuting and for pleasure. But they can also be extremely dangerous when riders aren’t properly equipped or defensive-minded every time they head…

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Motorcycles are fast, agile, and fuel-efficient, and that makes them popular vehicles for commuting and for pleasure. But they can also be extremely dangerous when riders aren’t properly equipped or defensive-minded every time they head out on Nevada roadways.

At Richard Harris Personal Injury Law Firm, our attorneys are proud of the representation we provide to injured motorcyclists, but we also know that the best outcome for riders is to prevent accidents in the first place.

In addition to facing the same risks as other drivers, motorcyclists also face several unique dangers. Following these three safety tips can help you or a loved one reduce the risk of injuries from accidents while riding:

  1. Wear all the gear, all the time—Temperatures in Nevada can soar in the summer, but that’s no excuse for leaving home without proper safety gear and equipment. Riders should always wear full-faced helmets, riding jackets and pants, gloves, and boots regardless of where they’re going or how long their rides will take.
  2. Watch out for left-turning drivers—Most drivers are accustomed to looking out for other cars, trucks, and SUVs—not motorcycles. Riders face serious risks when drivers turn left into their paths, and left-turning vehicles at intersections or medians is one of the top causes of serious motorcycle accidents.
  3. Keep your eyes on the road—Potholes, sand, wet pavement, loose gravel, small tree limbs, and oil slicks are often just minor annoyances for drivers of passenger vehicles, but they can be deadly for motorcyclists. Always be on the lookout for road hazards and obstacles and be prepared to slow down or navigate around them.

Need a Las Vegas motorcycle accident lawyer? We’re here to help.

It can be difficult to get compensation after a motorcycle accident, as insurance companies sometimes view motorcyclists as being at-fault. We have the experience and resources to prove the other party’s negligence caused your crash. Call us today at (702) 444-4444 for a free consultation.

Filed under: Blog, Motorcycle Accident

March 23, 2017

Motorcycle Fatalities Spike in 2016

We’ve written about motorcycle safety previously on this blog, but unfortunately motorcycle fatalities in Clark County are still a growing problem. The State’s Fatal Accident Reporting System (FARS) final report for 2016 shows a 53-percent…

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We’ve written about motorcycle safety previously on this blog, but unfortunately motorcycle fatalities in Clark County are still a growing problem. The State’s Fatal Accident Reporting System (FARS) final report for 2016 shows a 53-percent increase in motorcycle deaths from 2015 to 2016, with 49 motorcycle fatalities in 2016.

Peter Vander Aa, administrator of the Nevada Department of Public Safety (DPS) Motorcycle Safety Program, says it’s difficult to pinpoint an exact reason for the spike in motorcycle deaths. “Impaired riding remains the number one cause of motorcyclist fatalities,” he said. “The incidence of drugs, or a combination of drugs and alcohol, has been rising steadily in Clark (County), and statewide, since 2013.”

He continues that the unique characteristics of motorcycles present challenges from a public safety standpoint. “Motorcycles do not have bumpers, crumple zones, airbags, and a metal structure around them,” Vander Aa said. For motorcyclists, “the only protection is the riding gear they are wearing.

The Nevada DPS indicates that motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to die in a traffic crash than a car occupant. This is in spite of the fact that the number of motorcyclists on the road is remaining nearly constant. In the last five years, motorcycle registrations are only rising roughly two percent per year.

Safety Tips for Motorcycle Riders

In 2013, we published a set of tips for motorcycle riders, and with the increasing number of fatalities, we offer these tips again.

  1.  Take a motorcycle-training course.
    As Honda’s Jon Seidel states: “There is nothing we could say or advise more than to go find a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) riding course in your area. That’s critical, absolutely critical.”
    The MSF is the foremost national organization promoting motorcycle safety. They have developed courses for riders ranging from beginner to advanced riding skills. Costs range from free to about $350, and some dealerships provide such training as part of the purchase of a new bike. Course completion may provide eligibility for discounts on insurance, and some states give credit toward obtaining the motorcycle endorsement on your driver’s license. Talk to your dealership to find out about MSF or other like training organizations.
  2. Build your skills.
    Motorcycle riding is more than driving a motorcycle. It is a completely different skill set. Balance and coordination are required to ride a motorcycle to a much greater degree than driving. Especially if you’re a new rider, take time to learn and build the muscle memory it takes to ride a bike. Stopping requires more than pushing a single pedal as in a car. An emergency stop requires a large amount of skill to successfully execute. Don’t ride in a manner more advanced than your skill set can support.
  3. Be Defensive.
    Riders…to be blunt, by its very nature your vehicle is more dangerous than a car. If you wish to be safe on your bike, stay out of blind spots, and make sure drivers of cars and trucks can see you.
    Unfortunately, roads are built predominately for cars, there are more cars on the road, and you need to accept the fact – when you’re on a motorcycle with cars and trucks on the road – you’re in a dangerous environment. Drivers are enclosed with either wind noise, or soundproofing (if the windows are closed) they can’t hear you coming and may not see you, and if the driver is texting or talking on the phone, the driver may not be paying attention. When, or if the car changes lanes and you’re in the blind spot, you may be completely within your rights, but you’re going to lose that contest.
    Accept this as a condition of the road, and ride accordingly.
  4. Wear a helmet.
    Riders without helmets are 40 times more likely to suffer a fatal head injury, and three times more likely to suffer brain injuries than those with helmets. Full-face helmets with a DOT certification sticker are the best choice. Helmets today are light and comfortable. If you want to protect yourself, wear a helmet.
  5. Be alert at intersections.
    Nearly 70 percent of motorcycle-vehicle collisions occur at intersections. Vehicles may turn in front of you or pull out from a side driveway or street. Slow down, check traffic, check traffic again, and be prepared to react quickly.
  6. Assume you are invisible to other motorists and operate your motorcycle accordingly. Position yourself to be seen. Avoid the “No Zone” or blind spots on the right and left side of cars about even with and behind the rear wheels of the car.

The Richard Harris Law Firm Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident and suffered injuries through no fault of your own, we want to be your go to law firm. Call us today to discuss your situation with our representatives. We will provide the kind of representation that will help you obtain fair compensation for your injuries. Call us today at (702) 444-4444.

 

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October 23, 2013

Motorcycle Fatalities in Clark County Rise at an Alarming Rate

2013 has not been a good year for motorcycle riders in Clark County.  There has been a 45% increase in motorcyclists killed in wrecks compared to the same period of 2012.  It seems that every…

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2013 has not been a good year for motorcycle riders in Clark County.  There has been a 45% increase in motorcyclists killed in wrecks compared to the same period of 2012.  It seems that every week we read of new motorcycle accidents resulting in death, and in some cases, there have been multiple fatalities on bikes in the same day.  The local media has taken notice as indicated by these articles from both Channel 3 and Channel 8 television news.

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March 26, 2013

Family of motorcycle accident victim speaks out on bike dangers

Marco Mizzoni, 27, remembers a fatal accident over the weekend that changed his family forever. The victim in the wreck was his father. "Is it really going to hurt you to wait 10 more seconds,…

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Marco Mizzoni, 27, remembers a fatal accident over the weekend that changed his family forever. The victim in the wreck was his father.

“Is it really going to hurt you to wait 10 more seconds, then to dart out? I mean, just think about it. That’s 10 seconds that could change everything,” said Marco Mizzoni.

This was something that didn’t have to happen. It’s a tragedy. Me and my uncle were very close and it’s a sad day for us,” added John Mizzoni, the victim’s nephew.