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08/15

A Wrong-Way Driver and a Motorcycle Lead to a Tragically Foreseeable Conclusion

Posted by: Jack Bernstein

wrong_way_driver_las_vegasMotorcyclists face challenges every time they head out onto the open road.  Granted, most of them make the choice to travel on two wheels, but that doesn’t mean that they still don’t have to deal with motorists who may not see them all the time and with vehicles that are thousands of pounds heavier than theirs.  All of this adds up to an inherent risk that’s faced by people who drive motorcycles, and that’s particularly true in a large city like Las Vegas and at a dangerous time such as late on Saturday night.

Despite the dangers that motorcyclists face, they are forced to deal with almost insurmountable odds when another motorist makes the terrible mistake of driving in the wrong direction on any road.  Tragically, that’s what happened over the weekend, and the wrong-way Las Vegas motorcycle accident that occurred between the driver of a sedan and the motorcyclist wound up costing that motorcyclist his life.  Police are still investigating the situation, but they have publicly stated that they do not believe that drugs or alcohol were factors in this crash.

According to several reports including one that can be found here, the accident occurred at approximately 11:40 p.m. on Saturday night.  A 25-year-old man was driving his motorcycle on Rainbow Boulevard near U.S. Highway 95.  Suddenly, the man was facing the Chrysler that was moving in the wrong direction.  The collision was violent and the vehicle ran over the motorcyclist after the initial crash.  The man on the motorcycle was killed instantly.

High speeds, a motorcycle and a wrong-way driver of a larger vehicle all add up to disaster, and sadly this is what happened.  We’d like to offer our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of the man who was killed in this accident.  Too many Nevada motorcycle accidents occur every year as it is, and this one will now become part of that troubling data.  Every year in the state, more than 1,000 people are injured in these collisions.  In addition, nearly one person is killed in a motorcycle accident somewhere in Nevada every week.

Based on the available information, it seems quite clear that the driver of the Chrysler was at fault for this crash.  However, there could be other information that the public is not privy to that could change this conclusion.  That said, if the driver of the Chrysler was at fault, it could lead to the filing of a Nevada wrongful death lawsuit by the family of the man who was killed against the other driver.  Successful wrongful death lawsuits can lead to awards of damages that compensate families for losses.

If you have lost someone you love in a crash, you need to take steps to make sure that your legal rights are protected.  You can do so by contacting the Las Vegas wrongful death lawyers at Bernstein & Poisson today to schedule a free initial consultation.

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