A Las Vegas man was killed while riding his scooter on Charleston Boulevard near Apple Drive. Police reports indicated that the victim, a 34-year-old man, was hit by a car whose driver stayed at the scene and was cooperating with the investigation.
According to witness statements, the rider of the JMSTAR scooter was riding east when a Honda Civic going in the opposite direction turned left in front of him. The rider of the scooter made an evasive maneuver to avoid striking the Honda, but hit the car on the right side. The driver, a 60-year-old female, is not believed to have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the crash.
What Is A “Pedestrian Crash?”
The term “pedestrian crash” usually brings to mind the image of a victim crossing the street on foot and being struck by a car. However, bicyclists, scooter riders and other victims may also fall under the classification of “pedestrian,” even if they are not on foot. Some studies look at any victim who is traveling by a mode of transportation designed to move slowly in relation to a passenger vehicle as a pedestrian.
Whether scooter riders are classified as a pedestrian, a cyclist or under some other designation, the fact remains that they cannot compete with a passenger vehicle in size, force or speed. If a car hits a scooter, the rider is most likely going to sustain much more serious injuries than the occupants of the passenger vehicle.
The best way for a scooter driver to prevent these injuries is to avoid a collision. This means that scooter riders should always be aware of their surroundings and, when in doubt, yield the right-of-way to larger vehicles. However, this is not always possible. Sometimes a vehicle hits a scooter rider who can do nothing to prevent the crash. In those cases, the victim may be entitled to damages paid by the driver.
If you have been the victim of a scooter crash, you may be entitled to payment of your medical bills, lost wages and other expenses from the driver of the vehicle. You may also be able to collect sums to compensate you for your pain and suffering. Call the experienced personal injury attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson today to learn more about how we may be able to help.