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Motorcyclist and Passenger Suffer Injury

A motorcycle rider and passenger were transported to Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries after a crash that occurred near Westgate, Las Vegas, according to reports. The police were called to the scene to find that a driver, who claimed not to have seen the motorcycle, had crashed into the bike. Both vehicles remained at the scene and the driver was charged with being at fault in the accident.

Motorcycles—Invisible and In Danger

Statistics compiled by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show that motorcycles have a greater tendency to turn over or eject riders and passengers than cars or trucks. Furthermore, studies have shown that passenger car drivers are much less likely to see a motorcycle in their path than another vehicle. The result of this phenomenon is that motorcycle riders run a risk of death that is 26 times greater than other drivers on the road.

The most common cause of death in any motorcycle accident is a head injury. Motorcycle helmet use reduces the risk of death by 37 percent and the risk of brain injury by 67 percent, but helmets cannot completely protect motorcycle riders from serious injury.

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ne of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents is a passenger vehicle driver who claims he or she did not see the motorcycle. This is due to the fact that motorcycles are much smaller than other vehicles, making them less visible in blind spots and making it more difficult for drivers to accurately judge distance and speed of an oncoming motorcycle.

In many crashes, the motorcyclist has the right-of-way, but a passenger vehicle driver pulls out in front of the oncoming bike or changes lanes. In many cases, drivers claim they did not see the motorcycle at all or thought they had more time to complete their maneuver as the motorcycle approached. Some experts have estimated that a motorcycle rider may be traveling twice as fast as perceived by the vehicle driver before an accident occurs.

Despite the fact that it is difficult for drivers to judge speed and distance of a motorcycle accurately, it is still the driver's responsibility to avoid a crash. This is especially true since motorcycle riders are more likely to suffer serious injuries in a crash than those in a passenger car.

If you have suffered injuries from a motorcycle accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson immediately for help.

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