An accident involving multiple motor vehicles can be deadly, particularly for motorcycle riders. Only recently, a crash occurred on the US State Route 160 killing 1 motorcycle rider who tried to pass an RV along the highway.
Six other motorcycles were also involved in the crash, allegedly caused by a pair of motorcycles that first overtook the RV. The first pair that passed the RV slowed down and appeared to have caused the riders behind them to collide with one another. The fifth rider died as a result of the accident while the sixth rider was in critical condition. The seventh rider crashed into a truck.
If you or a loved one is injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation.
Determining Liability for Multiple-Vehicle Accident
Under Nevada tort law, the person whose negligence was the proximate cause of an accident may be held liable for the injuries and damages sustained by others.
In a multiple car and motorcycle accident, establishing liability can be difficult. With several parties involved, determining fault for the accident and the degree of fault can be complicated. Police reports, eyewitness accounts, and evidence obtained from the scene are essential in determining fault for a multiple vehicle accident.
Depending on the circumstances of the accident, the first rider who passed the RV and slowed down causing a chain reaction collision behind them may be liable for setting off a chain of events that killed the fifth rider.
Importance of Personal Injury Attorney
Establishing legal liability involves not only a determination of facts but references to legal provisions that can support a claim for damages. An experienced Las Vegas motorcycle accident attorney can help by determining:
- What started the chain of events
- Negligence or recklessness involved
- Degree of responsibility of those involved
Claiming compensation from an insurance company can also be difficult, as most insurers tend to deny claims or offer lower settlement amounts that are insufficient to cover medical expenses, funeral, and related costs. To protect your rights, it may be necessary to present your case in court and collect the value of damages that you deserve.
In metropolitan Las Vegas and parts of Nevada for many years now, the law firm of Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith has been helping injured motorcyclists and their families to obtain the compensation that they legally deserve.