No one is certain who caused an early-morning collision at the intersection of the 215 Beltway and Lamb Boulevard. However, it is certain that a motorcycle rider is in critical condition at a nearby hospital.
Either a motorcycle rider or a vehicle operator ran a red light at the intersection. Police did not release any of the names, as their investigation is ongoing.
Motorcycle Crash Injuries in Nevada
These riders are over twenty-five times more likely to die in roadway crashes than persons in four-wheel vehicles. Motorcycle riders are almost completely unprotected in collisions. But vehicle occupants can rely on multiple restraint layers, not to mention a steel and plastic cocoon. Furthermore, many vehicle operators do not maintain a proper lookout for motorcycle riders. So, at the moment of impact, the tortfeasor (negligent driver) is often driving at or near full speed.
Whether or not they are life-threatening, motorcycle crash injuries are often very significant. Some of the more common ones include:
- Head Injuries: Motorcycle helmets reduce the number of head injuries in Las Vegas. But the risk is still incredibly significant. Furthermore, in neck injury or motion-related cases, a helmet may be no use whatsoever.
- Internal Injuries: Motorcycle riders often suffer very serious external trauma injuries. While first responders and doctors struggle to deal with these wounds, internal bleeding may continue unabated for precious minutes or hours or even longer.
- Broken Bones: Accidental fall-related fractures often completely heal in just a few weeks. But injury-related fractures in Nevada, particularly in motorcycle crashes, take much longer to heal, largely because of the extreme force involved. After the surgeon sets the bone, the victim must usually go through extensive physical therapy to regain mobility. Even then, there are often some lingering issues, such as a surgical scar.
Damages in motorcycle crash cases often include compensation for both tangible losses, such as medical bills, and intangible losses, including pain and suffering.
Determining Legal Fault in Las Vegas Intersection Collision Cases
It’s often difficult for Las Vegas first responders at the scene to determine fault, especially when limited evidence is available. Further complicating matters, there’s often a difference between accident fault and legal liability.
Stoplights usually turn off and on at certain times of the day or night. Moreover, a sudden power interruption affects the traffic lights as well, and some motorists do not stop at exactly the right spot or exactly the right time. As a result, it’s sometimes difficult to determine who had the light. Witness accounts are often contradictory.
A first responder is not a Nevada judge or jury and therefore is in no position to judge the credibility of witnesses. But an attorney knows how to bolster key points or attack key points and thus help the jury come to a conclusion in this matter.
In terms of legal liability, the last clear chance defense often flips responsibility in these cases. If a driver had a reasonable opportunity to avoid the crash but failed to do so, that driver is responsible for the crash as a matter of law. It’s important to note that the driver must have the last clear chance, which is different from any possible chance.
Work With an Experienced Lawyer
Motorcycle crashes often involve complex legal questions. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in Las Vegas, contact Naqvi Injury Law. Our main office is conveniently located near the intersection of the 215 Beltway and Flamingo Road