A tragic fatal crash involving a dirt bike and one motor vehicle claimed the lives of two Summerlin teenagers on the morning of Saturday, June 13th. The crash took place at approximately 8:42 p.m. near Palo Verde High School.
The teenagers were brothers, ages 18 and 14. They were riding a Honda 450 motorcycle, which is an off-road vehicle, and only one of them was wearing a helmet. A 2015 Land Rover Evoque being driven by a 68-year-old male was turning left onto Regal Mesa Avenue eastbound. At a high rate of speed, the teenagers slammed into the vehicle, striking it on the passenger side door. The driver of that vehicle stayed on the scene and, according to reports, did not show any sign of impairment. The teenage brothers died at the scene.
Onlookers described the motorcycle as having no headlights, taillights, turn signals, or even any room to carry a passenger. It was travelling at a high rate of speed, with no lights, in an area that has a 30mph speed limit. Though this accident came to a tragic end for the young boys, the driver of the vehicle they struck remained unharmed. However, had he of had any injuries, the families of the motorcycle riders could be held responsible.
If the results of this accident had of been the other way around, and the driver of the vehicle struck was killed, the family of the deceased would have had cause to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the boys and their families. Not only for safety reasons, but also for liability issues, parents who purchase dirt bikes for children to enjoy should make sure they remain off-road as they are intended to be used. If you or someone you know have been injured in an accident of this nature, speak with a knowledgeable attorney who can determine your best course of action.