Las Vegas has its share of attractions for both residents and visitors. From the glitz of ‘the strip’ to the natural beauty of the surrounding desert and mountains, there’s a little something for everyone. Many people in Vegas ride motorcycles, enjoying the freedom of flat highways and the view of neon cityscape and pristine vista alike. Unfortunately, motorcycles can be dangerous vehicles for riders, with little protection between them and the bare roadway, save a helmet and whatever clothing the individual decides to wear.
For example, one unlucky rider was killed while riding his bike recently in the Northeast Valley area. The 28-year-old man was driving his motorcycle on Christy Lane, when an SUV turned left in front of him from Lake Mead Boulevard. The motorcycle struck the SUV and the rider was thrown onto the road. After being transported to a local hospital, the unfortunate motorcyclist was pronounced dead. The 75-year-old driver of the SUV had no reported injuries.
In a crash between an SUV and a motorcycle, the laws of physics dictate one obvious winner, and it is not the motorcycle. The size and weight of an SUV, coupled with the lack of protection for the motorcycle driver, makes serious injury for the cyclist almost inevitable. Unfortunately, in too many cases, this can lead to a loss of life.
Those Las Vegas residents who have lost a loved one in a sudden accident understand the terrible effect it can have on a family. From lost wages contributed to the household to the emotional void left by the absence of a beloved family member, such incidents wreak a permanent change on those affected. While there is no way to restore the life of a loved one, it is possible that the burden on the families of those killed by the negligence of others in a motorcycle accident can be somewhat lessened by the possibility of legal compensation.
Source: Las Vegas Sun, “Motorcyclist killed in crash with SUV,” Jesse Granger, Sept. 18, 2017