Police are searching for a motorcycle rider who fled the scene of a crash in the southwest valley area, according to reports. Las Vegas officers stated that the motorcycle rider may have been speeding when he collided with two vehicles at the intersection of Flamingo and Lindell Roads. The motorcycle burst into flames but the male rider was able to run away from the scene on foot. Police are unsure if he sustained any injuries. The driver of one vehicle was transported to an area hospital with injuries while the other driver was not injured. Police have not said yet what caused the accident or which driver may have been at fault.
Motorcycle Crashes Common in Las Vegas
The Las Vegas Metro Police Department reports that there have been 17 motorcycle-related fatalities in the city through October 2014, or 27 percent of all fatal accidents. This is the same number as the total in 2012 and only six less than the total for 2013, meaning that 2014 may be on track to see more motorcycle fatalities than previous years.
Motorcycle crashes occur for a variety of reasons. In many cases, motorcycle riders are injured by drivers who do not see them or do not yield the right of way. There seems to be a psychological issue for some drivers that cause them not to think of motorcycle riders as “drivers” like the drivers of passenger vehicles. As a result, they may refuse to yield, cutting off motorcyclists or even crashing into them.
When a motorcyclist is injured in an accident that is not his or her fault, the rider may be entitled to monetary damages. However, insurance companies are often reluctant to pay these damages and may deny the injured motorcyclist’s claims for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and other costs associated with the accident.
There are also cases in which a motorcycle rider may be at fault in an accident and cause damages to someone else, such as a pedestrian or the driver of another vehicle. This is not as common as a motorcycle rider being injured but when it is the case, the driver or the pedestrian may also be entitled to damages.
What Can I Do If I Am The Victim of a Motorcycle Crash?
If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash, it is important to protect your rights and collect payments for your injuries. The attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas may be able to help. Give us a call today to learn more.