Motorcyclist Killed in January 24th Crash on West Deer Springs Way
A 29-year-old man died Friday night in a tragic collision in the northwest valley of Las Vegas, Fox 5 reported. The news outlet reported that the man was riding a Ducati Superbike motorcycle that collided with a white 2016 Dodge Journey that was making a U-turn.
The crash was reported at 7:37 PM, on West Deer Springs way, near North Durango Drive, when the front of the Ducati struck the side of the Dodge. The 34-year-old woman driving the Dodge suffered moderate injuries, and the motorcyclist passed away at the scene.
The unexpected passing of a loved one in a traffic accident is devastating and shocking. Our condolences go out to the family members of the victim and all involved.
Motorcycle Crash Statistics in Nevada
The Las Vegas Review Journal reports several dozen fatal motorcycle accidents each year in Las Vegas. Motorcycles present unique dangers and offer limited protection to riders, typically just the gear they are wearing. Identifying the exact cause of a crash can be difficult and without more information from the Metro Police investigation, it is impossible to know what happened and why.
One of the most common causes of car vs. motorcycle accident is when the driver of a vehicle simply fails to notice the motorcycle’s presence in traffic, or misjudges the distances or speed they are traveling. This scenario happens in as many as 70% of collisions.
Fault and Liability for Nevada Motorcycle Accidents
In this accident, if the reports are accurate, the driver of the car was making a U-turn. U-turns can be dangerous, especially at traffic intersections where vehicles are traveling in different directions, sometimes speeding up. Cars turning left or making a U-turn in front of a motorcycle is a common scenario resulting in a collision. Nighttime or adverse conditions can reduce visibility even more, increasing the likelihood of a collision. In any U-turn accident, if the driver making the U-turn was driving negligently, they may be responsible, and likely liable for the resulting damages.
Although no sum of money can take away the pain of a loved one’s death, damages recovered in a wrongful death claim can support the victim’s family, including surviving spouse or domestic partner, children, or parents (if there is no surviving spouse or children).
Compensation may include funeral and burial expenses, final medical bills, lost income the decedent would have earned over their lifetime.
Understanding Legal Rights and Options
If you or a family member was involved in a traffic accident in Las Vegas and you would like to know more about your legal rights, contact attorney Adam Williams. Adam represents injured victims and families in wrongful death claims, and never charges a fee unless money is recovered. In Nevada and every state, you have a specific time period to file your claim, called a statute of limitations.
Once that time period expires, you will no longer be able to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim.