A Las Vegas police officer involved in a motorcycle crash was taken to the hospital with undisclosed, but non-life-threatening, injuries, according to recent reports. The officer apparently rear-ended a driver who had slowed for a traffic light at the intersection of Desert In Road and South Tenaya Way. The officer was traveling east on Desert Inn in the center lane behind a Hyundai Tucson when he hit the car from behind and was ejected from the bike.
An investigation into the case is ongoing, although several witnesses saw the officer strike the Hyundai from behind. There is no word on whether the officer will be charged as a result of the accident.
Motorcycle Accident Facts
In all types of crashes, motorcycle riders have much higher rates of injury and death than the occupants of passenger vehicles. According to the Insurance Information Institute, motorcycle deaths were down 6.4 percent in 2013 with 4,668 fatalities, and injuries were down 5.4 percent to 88,000. However, even with these decreases over 2012 figures, motorcyclists were still about 26 times more likely than the occupants of passenger vehicles to die in a crash and five times more likely to be injured as the result of a collision with a larger vehicle.
Motorcycle riding has becoming increasingly popular not only for police officers but also for private citizens. Older and more affluent riders are making up a growing percentage of those on the road on motorcycles, leading to fears that advancing age may contribute both to the number of motorcycle crashes and the severity of injuries as a result of those crashes. While overall motorcycle accident deaths were down between 2012 and 2013, fatalities among motorcyclists over the age of 50 increased by 7.7 percent.
What Should I Do If I Am Injured In A Motorcycle Crash?
If you have been the victim of a motorcycle accident, do not try to manage insurance companies and others without help. Motorcycle accident victims are often portrayed as being at fault for their own injuries, even if they did not cause the accident. You need the support and help of attorneys who have successfully recovered damages for accident victims.
The attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas are ready to help. Contact us for a free consultation and learn more about how we can help you recover damages in your motorcycle accident injury case.