Las Vegas motorcycle accident reminds motorists to be on the lookout

Another tragedy struck the Las Vegas area recently, as a 19-year-old motorcyclist was killed in an accident. The man was driving south on Durango Drive at about 10 p.m. when it collided with a Cadillac Seville that was making a left turn. The motorcyclist was taken to University Medical Center, but was pronounced dead from multiple blunt force injuries sustained in the motorcycle accident. The driver and passenger in the automobile walked away with only minor injuries.

Motorcycles especially common in summer

The recent Las Vegas accident is a reminder that as the good summer weather continues, there is a greater chance of motorists encountering motorcyclists. As a result, the chance of motorcycle accidents increases dramatically.

The main reason why the number of motorcyclists on the road goes up during the summer is simple-the good weather. When the weather is good, more motorcyclists switch from their car to their motorcycle as their primary means of transportation. With a higher number of motorcyclists on the road, there is more of a chance that one will be involved in an accident.

In addition to the increased numbers of motorcyclists, summer brings more motorists on the road as well. With school out and many families traveling to their summer vacation destinations, summer is the busiest driving season of the year. More motorists mean more potential hazards for motorcyclists.

When a motorcycle collides with a car, the result is often one-sided. Although motorcycles are more maneuverable and can stop quicker than a car, they have few safety features to protect the driver, which increases the risk of the motorcyclist sustaining broken bones, head injuries and other serious injuries. As a result, motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to be involved in a deadly accident than motorists, according to the Department of Transportation.

An attorney can help

According to a report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, more than half of fatal motorcycle accidents involve another vehicle. Of these accidents, about 42 percent were caused by a motorcyclist overtaking or passing the vehicle or a vehicle turning left while the motorcycle was going straight-such as in the recent Las Vegas accident. In many of such scenarios, the accident occurred because the driver of the car did not see the motorcycle.

Under Nevada law, motorists have a duty to drive in a manner that does not subject others to an unreasonable risk of harm. In carrying out this duty, motorists must keep a proper lookout and be aware of other vehicles on the road, whether they are in the front or to the rear or side of the vehicle. Drivers who fail to notice another vehicle and cause an accident can be held liable for negligence.

Contact an experienced personal injury attorney if a loved one has been killed or you have been injured in a motorcycle accident. Under the law, you may be entitled to recover damages for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering or your family member's funeral expenses and other losses. An attorney can ensure that the responsible party is held accountable for their carelessness.