A motorcyclist was pronounced dead after being transported to University Medical Center with critical injuries, according to recent reports. The motorcycle accident took place on Martin Luther King Boulevard north of U. S. Highway 95 when the rider collided with a sedan. It is unclear what lead to the accident or who may have been at fault.
An investigation is ongoing into the cause of the crash.
Motorcycle Crashes Result In High Las Vegas Death Rates
Motorcycle deaths make up the second-largest single group of traffic fatalities, just after pedestrians, in Las Vegas, according to the Las Vegas Metro Police Department. Through October of 2014, 18 people died in motorcycle crashes, one more than 2012’s total of 17 and only five less than 2013’s total of 23. This means that 2014 is on track to have more motorcycle fatalities than previous years if the trend continues.
Further, motorcycle accidents make up a high percentage of all traffic fatalities in the city. According to the LVMPD’s statistics, 28 percent of all 2014 traffic fatalities were due to motorcycle crashes. This is more than driver and passenger car deaths combined and just less than pedestrian deaths, which made up 37 percent of all traffic fatalities.
Experts believe that motorcycle and pedestrian deaths are so high in Las Vegas because there are simply more people using these methods of transportation. In addition, many pedestrian and motorcycle crashes involve alcohol, either on the part of the victim, on the part of the driver or both.
What Should I Do If I Suffer Injury In A Motorcycle Crash?
If you have suffered injury in a motorcycle crash, it is very important that you talk to someone with experience in handling these types of cases. Insurance companies and others are anxious to blame motorcycle riders for their own injuries and to deny them the compensation they deserve. With the help of an experience personal injury attorney, however, you may have a better chance of recovering damages.
As a motorcycle accident victim, you may need extensive medical care, including long-term physical therapy and rehabilitation. You may also be unable to work and will need to collect damages to pay for your lost wages. Finally, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering.
Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas has attorneys who are experienced in handling motorcycle accident cases. Give us a call today.