A motorcyclist was seriously injured in a collision with another vehicle on Monday night. The traffic accident occurred at approximately 8:20 p.m. near the intersection of E. Charleston Boulevard and Prince Lane.
According to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, a blue 2007 Suzuki GXR1000 was traveling west at a high rate of speed on Charleston when a silver 2017 Hyundai Accent heading east on Charleston made a left turn, colliding with the motorcycle.
The motorcyclist, who was taken to University Medical Center for treatment of critical injuries, was ejected on impact. The driver of the Hyundai showed no signs of impairment and stayed on the scene. The accident remains under investigation.
The high risks of motorcycle riding
Motorcyclists enjoy the freedom and thrill of riding on the open road, and sometimes don’t realize just how dangerous it can be to take risks when they are in traffic. Motorcycle accidents are far more common, relatively, than car accidents, and cause more severe injury and death.
According to the NHTSA, motorcycle accidents account for 14% of all traffic-related deaths. A third of all fatal motorcycle crashes involve impairment, while another third are due to speeding. In 2017, 43% of bikers who died in single-vehicle crashes were alcohol-impaired, and bikers killed in nighttime accidents were alcohol-impaired three times more often than bikers killed during the daytime.
Motorcyclists are more likely to experience severe injury and death than are passenger car drivers, with head-on collisions accounting for 75% of all biker collisions. Bikers are more likely to experience severe head trauma in a collision with a car, and are also more likely to be severely injured when thrown from a motorcycle.
Dealing with the aftermath
People who are involved in serious accidents can see their lives change drastically in an instant, and the road to recovery can last months or even years. It can be difficult to get insurance companies to pay claims in a timely manner, and sometimes they will delay or refuse to pay. Recovering compensation from an at-fault driver can also be challenging.
Many Nevada drivers do not realize that if they have been in a traffic accident, they may file a claim as long as it is within two years of the accident. Having a dedicated and compassionate legal team on your side can help you to receive the maximum compensation for your injuries so that you can take the next steps toward recovery.