The Las Vegas Sun reports on a recent collision between a motorcycle and another vehicle that took the life of the motorcyclist. The accident happened at around 12 p.m. near the intersection of Flamingo Road and Durango Drive.
Authorities have not yet released information about the cause of the crash, but it is likely that driver error played a role. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 94 percent of all motor-vehicle accidents are caused by driver errors such as speeding, making illegal turns, or driving under the influence.
Unfortunately, any motorcycle crash is likely to cause serious injuries, and all it takes is one negligent driver to cause a tragedy. If you were injured or lost a loved one in a collision with a negligent motorist, contact the Truman Law Firm P.C.
In a free initial consultation, accident lawyer Ronald W. Truman will evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim. Call 702-821-1821 today to discuss your case with a personal injury lawyer in Las Vegas.
Read on to learn four alarming statistics about motorcycle accidents in the United States:
- In 2015, more than one-quarter of all fatally injured motorcyclists had a BAC of at least 0.08 percent.
This statistic was published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In single-vehicle motorcycle wrecks, approximately 42 percent of riders who died had a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher. In 2013, motorcyclists involved in deadly accidents had a higher percentage of alcohol-impaired drivers than any other vehicle type, according to data from the NHTSA.
- In 2013, approximately 88,000 motorcyclists were injured.
Even with the proper safety gear, motorcyclists are likely to sustain injuries in the event of an accident. Although 88,000 injuries was an improvement compared to 2012, when 93,000 motorcyclists were injured, it is still a tragic and unacceptable statistic.
- There was an 8.3-percent increase in motorcycle accident fatalities from 2014 to 2015.
Motorcycle wrecks took the lives of 4,976 people in 2015. This marked an 8.3-percent increase from 2014, when 4,594 people died in motorcycle crashes.
- Motorcyclists are five times more likely than passenger-vehicle occupants to be injured in accidents per mile traveled.
They are also 27 times more likely to die in collisions per vehicle mile traveled.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?
A multitude of factors can lead to motorcycle crashes, but driver errors are responsible for the vast majority. Some of the most common causes of motorcycle wrecks are:
- Drunk driving;
- Cars turning left without surveying traffic;
- Drivers changing lanes without checking their blind spots;
- Speeding; and
- People opening their vehicle’s doors in front of riders.
If you were injured in a motorcycle wreck that another driver caused, you may be entitled to compensation for lost income, medical bills, and non-economic damages. Ronald W. Truman will evaluate your case, gather evidence, calculate your damages, and help you fight for the maximum compensation.
Mr. Truman graduated top 10 percent of his class from Brigham Young University. Call 702-821-1821 to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury attorney in Las Vegas.