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07/18

How Split-Second Mistakes Can Cause Fatal Las Vegas Motorcycle Accidents at Intersections

Posted by: Jack Bernstein

las_vegas_motorcycle_accidentAll of us who drive regularly encounter intersections every time we go anywhere.  Most of us do not take the time to stop and think about the complexity of some of the decisions and calculations that go into successfully navigating this environment.  As we gain experience, we tend to self-automate the decisions and calculations that go into deciding which motorist has the right-of-way, when it is safe to turn left across oncoming traffic and when we should slow down and exercise an extra measure of caution.  We make the correct decisions and calculations in the vast majority of these situations.  However, when drivers make these mistakes, the results can be disastrous.

Tragically, that could be what occurred on Monday night when a 19-year-old man was killed in a Las Vegas motorcycle accident.  The crash occurred at an intersection, and the man was thrown from his vehicle as a result of the collision.  Police are continuing to investigate the situation.  A full report relating to this incident can be found here as it was reported by KTNV.

The accident occurred at the intersection of Durango Drive and Starboard Drive.  The motorcyclist was moving in a southbound direction at the same time that the 18-year-old driver of a Cadillac was northbound.  The Cadillac driver attempted to make a left turn onto Starboard Drive when the two vehicles collided.  The motorcyclist made it to a nearby hospital but died soon after he arrived.  The driver of the Cadillac and his passenger were also transported to the hospital, and they are expected to recover from their injuries.

First, we’d like to offer our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of the young man who was killed in this accident.  Losing a life at 19 years old is truly a tragedy.  Unfortunately, if either driver had changed his timing by a fraction of a second perhaps this collision could have been avoided.  In addition, this crash will now become part of the overall statistics regarding Nevada motorcycle accidents.  According to the Nevada Department of Transportation, nearly 600 motorcycle accidents occur across the state every year.  These crashes lead to more than 500 injuries and to nearly one fatality every month.

No information is available regarding whether or not police have determined fault in the crash.  It can be difficult to determine fault with these accidents because everything happens quickly.  However, if it turns out that the driver of the Cadillac was at fault, it could lead to the exploration of a legal claim by the family of the man who was killed.  Generally, this exploration process involves dealing with insurance companies in an attempt to recover compensation for the different types of losses that have been incurred.

This process can be extremely difficult for a grieving family for many reasons.  If you have lost someone you love in a crash that you believe was someone else’s fault, you need to obtain the advice of Las Vegas accident lawyers before moving forward.  Contact Bernstein & Poisson today to schedule a free initial consultation.

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