A 58-year-old Las Vegas man suffered critical injuries in a motorcycle accident when a vehicle that was making a left turn at an intersection collided with him.
According to a report in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the major injury collision occurred when the man was driving a 2008 Harley Davidson east on Owens Avenue on the night of March 13. He collided with a 2018 Honda CRV driven by a 21-year-old Las Vegas woman. Police said the collision occurred as the driver of the Honda was turning left.
Life-Threatening Motorcycle Accident Injuries
The motorcyclist was transported to an area hospital with what were described as life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Honda remained at the scene and cleared all field sobriety tests, the newspaper reports. No arrests or citations have been reported at the time of writing. The investigation into the Las Vegas motorcycle accident is still ongoing.
We offer our best wishes to this injured motorcyclist for a quick and complete recovery. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
Failure to Yield the Right of Way
Nevada law requires the driver of a vehicle turning left must yield the right of way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction, “which is within the intersection or so close thereto as to constitute an immediate hazard.” If the driver has a traffic signal such as a green arrow, they have the right of way to make the left turn.
There is no question that motorcyclists are most at risk approaching an intersection where a vehicle is making a left turn in front of them. In fact, it is known to be the number one factor in motorcycle accidents, particularly those that involve major injuries or fatalities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, left-turn collisions account for more than one-third (36%) of fatal motorcycle accidents. Motorcyclists are more vulnerable to these types of collisions because negligent motorists fail to see them while making a left turn.
It is common for motorists in these situations to claim the motorcyclist was at fault because they were traveling at a high rate of speed. But, in reality, many of these crashes also occur because drivers turn too suddenly and hardly allow any time for motorcyclists to take evasive action.
Justice and Compensation
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important that you seek the counsel of an experienced Las Vegas motorcycle accident lawyer who will analyze all aspects of the incident and help you secure maximum compensation for your losses including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation and pain and suffering.