A motorcyclist killed in a recent Las Vegas crash has been identified as Laurence Anthony Brocato II. Brocato died when the Yamaha FZ-09 motorcycle he was riding struck a 2006 Pontiac GTO. According to reports, Brocato was performing a “wheelie’” while he was riding eastward on Sahara Avenue near Durango Drive.
The crash occurred as Melissa O’Brien, of Rancho Cucamonga, CA, turned left from Sahara Avenue onto a private driveway. The crash with the Pontiac GTO ejected Brocato from his motorcycle, hurling him into a 2005 Ford Focus parked in a driveway. Authorities pronounced Brocato dead at the scene.
The crash caused O’Brien and her passenger to suffer minor injuries, while the Focus’s driver, Brian Barlow, 44, was unhurt.
Cars, Motorcycles and Accidents
While motorcycles can be fun to ride, they can also be a danger to both the rider and to motorists sharing the road. A motorcyclist has an added risk of injury due to having his or her body fully exposed during a collision. While the driver of a car has a “shell” to absorb impact, the motorcycle’s smaller size often makes it difficult to see before an accident occurs and offers little protection during a collision.
When a car or truck collides with a motorcycle, the driver of the automobile is often at fault due to driver failure to yield to smaller vehicles. In accident cases involving motorcycles, a driver will often say that he or she did not see the motorcycle until after a collision, but experts believe that this may be due to the fact that drivers have a “blind spot” psychologically when it comes to yielding to smaller vehicles. Drivers must be conscious of everyone on the road and give the same courtesy to motorcycle riders as to drivers of other passenger vehicles.
What Should I Do If I Am Injured?
While both motorcyclists and other motorists share an equal responsibility for safety on the road, a motorcycle rider is often injured much more seriously in a crash than the driver of a car. This means that, if a driver is negligent, he or she bears the responsibility for paying for the motorcycle victim’s injuries.
As an injured motorcycle rider, you should know your legal rights and be prepared to fight for them. The lawyers at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas help victims recover from the financial loss that an accident causes. If you have been injured in a car or motorcycle crash, schedule a free initial consultation today to discuss your case.