Recent reports reveal that a motorcyclist was severely injured in an early morning crash with a car near Charleston Boulevard. Around 3:50 a.m., police received a call about a collision at 26th Street and Charleston Boulevard. When officers arrived, they found that a motorcycle and a vehicle had collided.
Police determined that the motorcyclist, Travis Colella, 19, was riding west on Charleston when a Nissan Sentra made a left turn in front of him. This caused the vehicles to collide. Colella was critically injured and taken to University Medical Center. The driver of the car remained at the scene and passed the sobriety test. Police are still investigating the accident.
Higher Risks for Motorcyclists
Motorcyclists are at a much higher risk for being injured or killed when riding on the road. This is true for several reasons:
- Less Visible – Motorcycles are smaller and easier to miss when a driver is not paying attention, especially when making a turn.
- Road Hazards – Bumps, potholes, wet roads and debris may not affect a car but they can cause a motorcyclist to crash.
- No Protection – Passenger vehicles protect the driver with a metal frame, seatbelts and airbags. However, motorcycles do not have these safety features. While a helmet will provide some protection, motorcyclists are still far more likely to be injured or killed when compared with a passenger in a motor vehicle.
- Less Stability – Because motorcycles balance on two wheels, they offer far less stability thanvehicles with four wheels.
- Skill – Motorcyclists are required to carry a special license to show they have had the right training toride a motorcycle According to statistics from 2001, more than one quarter of all motorcyclists who were killed in crashes did not have the proper motorcycle license.
- Speeding -Motorcycles tend to encourage speeding and other high-risk behaviors.
Motorcycle Accidents and Personal Injury
For the most part, personal injury lawsuits springing from motorcycle accidents are treated like other vehicle accidents. However, motorcycle accidents do present some unique factors, often because the insurance company will try to blame the motorcycle rider no matter what the circumstances of the crash. It is also important to note that liability issues surrounding motorcycle accidents can be different from car accidents. Because motorcycle personal injury suits can have special factors which make them more complicated, it is important to have the right lawyer on your side. The team at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas have the experience and knowledge you need to build a strong motorcycle accident personal injury case.