Douglas A. Feldman was traveling on his Yamaha motorcycle down Rainbow Boulevard at 7 a.m., just like many other commuters heading to work. Sadly, Mr. Feldman never made it to his destination. He was in a major accident involving a Dodge Ram and a Kenworth semi-truck pulling two trailers.
Reports indicate the motorcycle failed to stay upright, falling on its right side and subsequently sliding into the rear of the Dodge pickup, according to the Las Vegas Sun. The created a chain reaction wreck and mayhem on the road.
This is the 63rd loss of life this year from a vehicle-related accident in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, many of these deaths involved individuals on a motorcycle. Why? Because there is a heightened risk of serious injury when you get involved in a crash on a motor bike. In fact, motor bike riders are roughly 37 times more likely than car drivers to die in a crash and nine times more likely to suffer an injury, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.
My deepest sympathies go out to Mr. Feldman’s friends and family. He was only 36 years old. We don’t know what caused the motor bike to fall to it side. There may have been a mechanical issue. We’ll have to wait and see what the accident report reveals.