It is a joy to own a motorcycle. Few other forms of transportation offer such a fun and thrilling experience for drivers. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents do happen. In 2020, over 5,000 people lost their lives in motorcycle related accidents, which is a significant increase from 2015.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, our lawyers are here to fight for you. At Stovall & Associates, we have over 35 years of experience representing motorcyclists who have suffered serious injuries. We know the law that is specific to motorcycle accidents, we know the games insurance companies will play, and we know how to get you the maximum compensation available.
Call Us BEFORE They Try to Blame You
The insurance company for the driver that hit you will always try to say that you were all or partially responsible for the crash. We see this all the time. Even when a driver blatantly violates your right of way.
There are many differences in representing a victim of a car accident from representing a victim of a motorcycle crash. Insurance companies start reaching out to witnesses, parties involved in the crash, and hire investigators to try to spin or alter the facts of the accident in their favor. When you hire us, we will work to get witness statements locked down immediately so they cannot lie later. On many cases, we will hire expert engineers to
- canvas the scene,
- take measurements,
- observe skid marks and other roadway evidence
When there are serious injuries, the insurance company will try even harder to fight your claim so they can avoid compensating you fairly.
Stovall & Associates attorneys are fully prepared to stand up for your legal rights.
In a recent case, our lawyers fought all the way to trial to make sure our client obtained fair compensation for the loss suffered from a motorcycle accident. We represented the mother of a deceased motorcycle driver. Although the driver of the motorcycle was speeding, we were still able to reach a six-figure settlement because the driver who killed the motorcyclist was backing our of a driveway and also broke the law. This case that we won, was one that most injury attorneys would not take because the motorcyclist was speeding. However, we still won!
At Stovall & Associates, we will stop at nothing to make sure our clients achieve justice. Contact us today to talk about your case!
Our attorneys are experts in all aspects of preparing to go to trial . In fact, insurance companies are aware of our years of success at trial on motorcycle accident cases, which has resulted in our clients receiving more favorable settlement offers. Simply put, our clients benefit from our trial victories.
Motorcycle Accidents Result in Serious Injuries
Motorcycle accidents can result in the most serious injuries of all motor vehicle accidents. Unlike standard car accidents, motorcyclists typically suffer more severe injuries when struck by another vehicle. The results are usually catastrophic and possibly fatal. Our firm has extensive experience representing motorcyclists who have sustained the following types of injuries arising from a motorcycle crash:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Paralysis including paraplegia and quadriplegia
- Scarring and Disfigurement
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
When you are suffering from a serious injury after a motorcycle accident, you need an attorney who understands your injuries and has experience working with your doctors and medical experts, so you have a real chance for fair compensation.
What Should You Do If You Have Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident?
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident in Las Vegas, Henderson, or any part of Nevada it is important that you take proper steps towards preparing and filing your motorcycle accident claim right away because important evidence must be preserved and there are time limits on your claim. Our Las Vegas, Henderson and Southern Nevada motorcycle accident attorneys understand you are in no way able to handle all of the paperwork and legalities on your own, which is what we are here for. At Stovall & Associates, our experienced attorneys can ensure that you act accordingly after a motorcycle accident, and that your actions or inactions do nothing but strengthen your case.
Some steps that you may want to take following a Las Vegas motorcycle accident include:
- Call 911;
- Identify and gather the names and numbers of any witnesses to the accident;
- Cooperate with the doctors, nurses, and hospital staff who try to help you, even ask them to take photos for you of your injuries
- do not volunteer a lot of detail regarding the accident to anyone except your lawyer;
- Have someone take photos of your injuries, to go along with your medical records;
- Follow up on all recommended medical treatment, and do not miss an appointment;
- DO NOT give any statements to insurance adjusters or insurance personnel;
- Keep a personal journal of how you are feeling in the days, weeks, and months following the accident, and be sure to record how each medical treatment helps or does not help you; and
- Ensure that your doctor is keeping accurate and detailed medical records.
After a motorcycle crash, you should first focus on getting the immediate medical care you need. You should NOT take any calls from an insurance company's representative.
That's where we come in.
Since Stovall & Associates opened in 1987, we have helped hundreds of motorcycle crash victims in their efforts to recover and move forward with their life after suffering a serious injury. When you retain our firm, your problems become our problems. We want you to focus on getting well. We will handle the rest. When you are involved in a motorcycle accident, it's important to retain representation as soon as possible to avoid any missteps. The statements you make to the police and the insurance company will almost always come up later.
Factors and Conditions that Lead to Las Vegas Motorcycle Accidents
Poor Road Conditions are the leading cause of motorcycle accidents in Las Vegas. Road conditions that commonly cause Las Vegas motorcycle accidents include:
- Bad weather, including fog, heavy winds, ice, rain, and snow;
- Surfaces with poor tractions, including gravel, manhole covers, mud, leaves, oil, and wet pavement;
- Sudden, unexpected obstacles, including animals, debris, litter, and pedestrians; and
- Uneven or damaged surfaces, such as broken or rough pavement, bumps, holes, and ruts.
Human Error accounts for a large number of car accidents on roadways these days, and motorcyclists are not immune. Motorcycle accidents due to human error in Las Vegas:
- Speeding: Speeding on or around a motorcyclist is especially dangerous, because not only does it decrease the likelihood that the motorcyclist will be seen in a timely enough manner to prevent collision, but when a collision does occur, the force of impact will be that much greater, leading much more severe injuries had one or both parties not been speeding. Even if you were speeding with riding your motorcycle we can possibly help you win your case.
- Drunk Driving: In Las Vegas, drunk driving is a major concern for authorities, especially when the drunk driver is a motorcyclist. This is because alcohol can impair judgment, vision, reaction time, and physical capabilities, all of which are imperative to have when getting onto the back of a motorcycle.
- Distracted Driving: Texting, eating, smoking, talking, doing one's personal grooming – distracted driving includes any activity that takes one's mind, eyes, and hands away from the act of driving. Distracted driving is becoming the leading cause of car accidents nationwide, so it is important that motorcyclists pay extra attention to the vehicles around them, and make sure that all drivers know they are there.
- Texting While Driving: While this could fall under the category of “distracted driving,” texting while driving deserves its own bullet point. Texting takes all three forms of a driver's attention away from the road – visual, cognitive, and manual – and so is therefore especially dangerous to Las Vegas motorcyclists.
- Common Traffic Violations: From running a stop sign to failure to yield, even the smallest traffic violation can lead to serious injuries or even fatalities for a motorcycle driver. Because of this, it is extremely important that motorcyclists remain extra alert and aware of all drivers around them, to follow all rules of the road, and to compensate for drivers that fail to follow the rules of the road.
Rider Inexperience & Failure to Meet Requirements is a huge concern for Las Vegas authorities. Unfortunately, one out of every four motorcycle fatalities involved a rider who did not hold a valid Las Vegas motorcycle license, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Additionally, many riders – partially because they did not take the mandatory motorcycle licensure or safety courses provided by the state of Nevada – fail to meet all of the mandatory equipment requirements for riding a bike out on the roadways. Equipment requirements include:
- Front and rear brakes;
- Front and rear electric turn signals;
- Front and back wheel fenders;
- Adjustable footrests for passengers;
- Handlebars that are positioned at a height that ensures handgrips are below shoulder level;
- At least one headlight for daytime and nighttime use, but no more than two;
- Rearview mirrors on each handlebar;
- At least one reflector that is rear-mounted and visible in low beam lights from at least 300 feet away;
- Brake lights that are visible during both day and night from at least 300 feet away; and
- A taillight that is visible during both day and night from at least 500 feet away.
There Are Time Limits On When You Can Take Legal Action
Time is of the essence. Please contact Stovall & Associates today for a free, no risk consultation. Remember when you hire Stovall & Associates, we go all in with you, and you pay nothing until we win your case! You will always talk with an attorney when you call our firm, day or night. We are here for you.