According to reports, a 41-year-old motorcyclist is dead following a Monday night motorcycle accident. Police say that the rider, who was on a Harley Davidson, was heading east on Russell Road. Shortly before 11 p.m., the motorcycle collided with a Dodge Stratus as the driver of the car made a left turn from Russel Road to Fort Apache Road. The motorcyclist sustained serious injuries in the collision and was taken to University Medical Center where he was subsequently pronounced dead. The 43-year-old female driver of the Dodge Stratus suffered minor injuries. Police continue to investigate the crash.
Motorcycle Crashes Can Result in Personal Injury Lawsuits
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveal that motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to die in a crash than passenger vehicle occupants. They are also five times more likely to be injured. Statistics also reveal that 4,668 people died in motorcycle crashes in 2013, while another 88,000 motorcyclists were injured. It is estimated that older motorcyclists make up more than half of those killed on the road, with 55 percent of those killed being over the age of 40.
How Can We Minimize Motorcyclists’ Risks on the Road?
Motorcyclists make up a surprisingly large number of vehicles in use on today’s highways. Statistics from 2013 show that there are around 8.4 million motorcycles on the road. It is important to consider the steps state governments, motorcyclists and drivers can take to reduce the risk of injury and death to motorcyclists.
Nevada is one of 19 states that has laws which require all motorcyclists to wear helmets. Though there is a law which mandates helmet wear, not everyone follows it. An estimated 64 percent of surveyed motorcyclists wore helmets in 2014 nationwide. In states where the law requires helmet wear, like Nevada, 89 percent of motorcyclists wear helmets.
If you are a motorcyclist, it is important to understand the risks you face on the road and do what you can to minimize them. However, even the most cautious and law-abiding motorcyclists can be involved in an accident. In cases like this, the accident is often caused by another driver. Usually drivers involved in these accidents claim they did not see the motorcyclist before turning, switching lanes or other roadway maneuver. Those who are injured by a negligent driver while riding on a motorcycle have legal options for seeking compensation. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, talk to the motorcycle attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas today.