Motorcycles are a common sight on the freeways and large highways that pass through and around Las Vegas. The drivers of these cycles are often exposed to collisions with much larger and heavier vehicles. When such collisions occur, the cyclist is often killed or severely injured. An accident on Nov. 29 involving a Toyota Camry and a motorcycle shows just how deadly such accidents can become.
According to the Nevada Highway Patrol, a Toyota Camry was traveling south on U.S. 95 and nearing the highway’s complicated interchange with I-15. Police believe that the driver of the Toyota was exceeding the posted speed limits in the area. The Toyota entered the painted area of the highway but failed to slow down. The car struck a crash barrier and was deflected back into the southbound lane of U.S. 95.
At the same time, a Suzuki motorcycle was traveling south on U.S. 95. The cycle struck the Toyota as it swerved back into U.S. 95. The cyclist was thrown from his cycle and pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Camry was arrested and taken into custody, where he was charged with the following crimes:
- DUI resulting in death (Felony)
- Reckless driving resulting in death or substantial bodily harm (Felony)
- Failure to maintain Lane, improper lane change (Misdemeanor)
Police said that they suspect alcohol to have played a role in the accident.
The driver of the Toyota is facing the dual threats of serious criminal liability and a civil law suit seeking wrongful death damages on behalf of the family of the deceased motorcyclist. Anyone who has suffered a serious injury or lost a loved one at the hands of an intoxicated driver may wish to seek advice from an experienced accident attorney. A knowledgeable lawyer can provide an evaluation of the evidence and an estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages for wrongful death.