Reno Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Nevada weather makes this the ultimate place to take a road trip on two wheels. Nothing beats the freedom experienced by riding through our beautiful state. This sensation has also been experienced by the lawyers and employees of Richard Harris Law Firm who are motorcycle enthusiasts just like you.
Many of our Reno motorcycle accident attorneys know firsthand the dangers that riders face on the roads and what accident victims may suffer after a collision. For more than 40 years, we have been dedicated to helping injured riders and their families who have suffered from motorbike crashes.
You deserve compensation for your lost wages, medical bills, and more! Don’t be fooled nor bullied by insurance companies. Instead, get help from an attorney who knows their tactics and can defend your rights. You can find a personal injury lawyer who fits this description at Richard Harris Law Firm serving Reno, Nevada. In particular, our trial lawyers who are motorcycle enthusiasts are in a unique position to understand your needs and help you get the best possible outcome for your case.
We want to help you on your road to recovery. Contact us today for legal representation both high quality and compassionate. We offer free initial consultations – to schedule a session, call or text us at (702) 213-9779 any time of day or night. Representatives are standing by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Dangers of Motorcycle Riding
While being a fun hobby and a wonderful form of transportation, motorcycle riding is not without its risks. The motorcycle enthusiasts at our firm know these risks well, as we share the same highways and dangers as you. A car may push you off the road, drift into your lane, or turn in front of you without warning. Severe injuries could easily be the result.
Part of the fascination with motorbikes comes from the feeling of freedom one gets while riding – but with that freedom also comes a lack of protection. Compared with passenger cars or trucks, motorcycles offer relatively little bodily protection for the rider, and accidents therefore tend to have more serious consequences for the motorcyclist.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 5,014 motorcyclists died in 2019. Additionally, Nevada reports that motorcycle fatalities have increased by about 30 percent from 2020 to 2021.
No matter the details of your or your loved one’s motorcycle crash, we may be able to help you. At Richard Harris Law Firm, it is our goal to help our fellow motorcyclists get the compensation they deserve after an injury caused by another person. We know the dangers, and we know how other drivers should be behaving on the road. Contact us 24/7 to get in touch with a motorcycle accident specialist.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents can occur for any number of reasons, much like any motor vehicle collision. However, there are a few causes that are frequently seen among severe crashes in Nevada and nationwide. These include driving conditions, road conditions, and negligent drivers.
Driving and road conditions
The condition of the road can pose a unique problem for motorcyclists. While bigger vehicles may be able to maneuver small hazards safely, motorcycles are much more susceptible to those same dangers. That’s a fact of navigating the roads with only two wheels.
- Weather conditions such as fog, heavy winds, ice, rain, and snow
- Traction changes when driving on gravel, mud, leaves, and wet pavement
- Unexpected obstacles such as debris, animals running on the road, and litter.
- Damaged surfaces like potholes, bumps, ruts, and broken pavement
Failure to anticipate, avoid, or compensate for these hazards can bring on a serious accident for a motorcycle rider.
Negligent drivers of other vehicles
There are many more cars on the road than there are motorcycles, and the drivers of these larger vehicles often fail to see motorcyclists due to their smaller size. Drivers may forget that riders could be in their blind spots or otherwise less visible. Additionally, it can be harder to accurately judge the speed of an oncoming motorcycle, which can lead to collisions as well.
Driver negligence causes of Reno, NV, motorcycle accidents include:
- When a vehicle driver turns left and fails to check if a motorcycle is in front of or behind
- When a driver fails to notice the motorcycle, resulting in a head-on collision
- When a negligent driver tries to share a lane with a motorcycle or doesn’t allow enough room while passing
- When a driver or fellow cyclist is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
As a motorcyclist, you can’t control the other drivers around you. That’s why it’s so important that you remain vigilant and drive defensively at all times while riding anywhere in Reno, the immediate area, and throughout Nevada.
The Reno motorcycle accident lawyers at Richard Harris Law Firm understand the challenges you face while trying to enjoy the open road, and we’re here to help when external factors have put you in harm’s way.
Injuries Resulting From Reno Motorcycle Collisions
Even though helmets and anti-lock brakes make motorcycling safer, there’s still no doubt that riding a motorcycle is riskier than driving a car. Staying in control is more difficult with only two wheels. What’s more, riders are at greater risk of serious injury or death in a collision without being inside a vehicle and without safety belts for protection.
Some common injuries suffered by motorcycle crash survivors include:
- Road rash and burn injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Lower extremity injuries
- Internal bleeding
The statistics on motorcycle fatalities are sobering. According to the NHTSA, motorcyclists are about 29 times more likely (per mile traveled) than people in passenger cars to die in a collision. This is partly due to the unprotected nature of motorcycles, as well as the severe nature of motorcycle accidents in general.
Even one fatal Reno motorcycle accident is one too many. If your loved one died due to the actions of another person or entity, you may file a claim of wrongful death against that responsible party. Please come talk to our lawyers to find out what your options for legal recourse may be.
What to Do Immediately Following a Motorcycle Crash
After any traumatic event, such as a motorcycle accident, it may be unclear what to do next. If you’ve been seriously injured, you may feel overwhelmed and unsure of how to move forward in life. With everything that’s going on, this is perfectly understandable.
In order to preserve your potential claim or lawsuit, here are a few guidelines for what you should do immediately after a motorcycle collision:
- Call the police, make sure to get a copy of the police report
- Seek medical care, no matter if your injuries are seemingly minor
- Keep from speaking with insurers until you seek legal advice from an accident lawyer
- Call Richard Harris Law Firm at (702) 213-9779 or fill out a free initial consultation form
If you follow these guidelines, you maintain the best possible chance of receiving fair compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. It may be tempting to downplay your injuries, but these may take time to prove how severe they really are. When in doubt, get everything checked out as soon as possible and hold on to all paperwork connected to your crash.
It may seem like too chaotic of a time to call an accident lawyer immediately after your crash. Nevertheless, that is the best time to call a Nevada attorney and get legal advice. As mentioned, you don’t want to speak to an insurance company first and ruin your chances of receiving maximum compensation.
At Richard Harris Law Firm, our personal injury lawyers offer free initial consultations and work on a contingency fee basis, so there’s no financial risk to you. The attorney who takes on your case will be happy to address your concerns and guide you through the process while offering practical assistance along the way.
What to Expect in Your Reno, Nevada Motorcycle Case
After your accident, once you decide to obtain legal services, you may have no idea what to expect from then on. Many people want a guarantee of how much money they will receive and when they will get their compensation. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the law, no personal injury attorney is able to promise an exact amount or a specific time for his or her clients.
However, at Richard Harris Law Firm serving Reno, your Nevada lawyer will do his or her utmost to get the best and fastest resolution to your case possible.
In most motorcycle accident cases, if the accident was caused by another party’s actions, the other person’s insurer may soon offer you a settlement. If so, it’s vital that you follow these two guidelines:
- Do not accept any offers without getting them reviewed by a legal professional
- Do not sign anything without consulting your attorney
Insurers are trying to save themselves as much money as possible, so it’s likely that their first settlement offer will be far from the true value of your claim. They may even try to make the incident seem like your fault instead of the car driver’s.
Despite what the insurer may tell you, your settlement should cover your medical expenses, property damage, pain and suffering, and lost wages, to start. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so before you accept any offer, always run it by an experienced personal injury attorney first.
When Richard Harris’s team takes on your case, our job is to investigate your claim, gather evidence, document your injuries and damages, and find out what your case is truly worth. We personalize the services we provide for every single case to meet each client’s needs. We promise to work to get you the full and fair settlement that you’re owed.
In our 40+ years of representing accident victims, we have won over $1 billion in settlements for our clients. This proves we have the knowledge, experience, and resources to build a strong case on behalf of Reno personal injury victims.
What Personal Injury Lawyers Do to Help Victims
An experienced personal injury attorney can help motorcycle accident victims in a variety of ways. For one, you can find legal, mental, and emotional support with the right firm. At Richard Harris Law Firm, for example, we know you are dealing with a lot.
For example, the last thing that you want to worry about is paperwork filing or insurance negotiations, which we can take care of on your behalf. All the while, we will work with you compassionately and patiently.
When you hire our Reno motorcycle lawyers, we can help you in the following three ways:
- We handle all communication with the insurance company
- We collect evidence to prove your injuries and determine who was at fault
- We negotiate with the insurance company to get you maximum compensation
There’s no reason to tackle your case alone as we operate on a contingency fee basis, which means that we don’t get paid unless you do. Let us help you through this daunting time so that you can focus on what really matters: getting your life back on track.
How Richard Harris Law Firm Can Help You
Our award-winning personal injury attorneys know that riding a motorcycle can be a great way to get around Reno. We are determined to represent the victims of motorcycle accidents with compassion and dedication. We want to fight on your behalf with your best interests in mind.
At Richard Harris Law Firm, our Reno motorcycle accident lawyers know how to deal with insurance companies. We will not be intimidated and won’t back down; rather, we fight to protect your interests throughout the claims process. We have also affiliated with Law Tigers, a nationwide association of lawyers highly experienced in working with motorcycle injury law.
Richard Harris Law Firm has represented riders from all over the United States, Canada, and even Europe. We have been recognized by the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Elite Lawyers of America, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Outstanding Lawyers of America, and Super Lawyers, just to name a few. The bottom line is: we are riders helping riders, not to mention excellent personal injury lawyers.
Let us put this winning combination of attributes to work for you. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another driver, call our office today at (702) 213-9779 to talk to a member of our team now – any time day or night, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.