A man was seriously injured in a Las Vegas motorcycle accident after a vehicle struck him at a street intersection. According to a KTNV news report, the injury collision happened at the intersection of North Nellis Boulevard and Vegas Valley Drive. The motorcyclist was thrown off his bike and was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police are investigating the cause of this injury collision.
Nevada law requires drivers at street intersections to properly yield the right-of-way to oncoming vehicles. NRS 484B.250: “The driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to a vehicle which has entered the intersection from a different highway.”
In any intersection accident, it is important to ask several questions. Did one of the drivers fail to yield the right-of-way? Did one of the motorists make an illegal or unsafe turn? Did one of the drivers run a red light or stop sign at the intersection? In cases involving injuries, the at-fault driver can be held liable for the damages caused. In some cases where the accident was caused by a dangerous roadway or intersection, the governmental entity responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable. To be sure your rights are protected after an accident you should contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer. To avoid accidents at intersections here are a few tips to help keep you safe.
Intersections are one of the most dangerous areas for motorcycle riders. This is because there are many factors that can contribute to an accident, such as cars turning left in front of the rider, red light runners, and pedestrians crossing the street. In this article, we’ll discuss some important tips for motorcycle safety at intersections.
Approach Intersections with Caution
When approaching an intersection, slow down and be prepared for anything. Look for cars that may be turning left in front of you or for cars that may be running a red light. Be cautious of pedestrians who may be crossing the street.
Make sure you are visible to other drivers. Wear bright or reflective clothing, and make sure your motorcycle’s headlights are on. Position yourself in the lane where you are most visible to other drivers. This is usually the lane closest to the center of the road.
Use Turn Signals
Use your turn signals to signal your intentions to other drivers. This will help them understand where you are going and what you plan to do. Use hand signals if your turn signals are not functioning properly.
Watch for Left-Turning Cars
Left-turning cars are a major hazard for motorcycle riders at intersections. Be especially cautious when approaching an intersection where a car is waiting to turn left. Slow down and try to make eye contact with the driver. If you are unsure whether the driver has seen you, be prepared to take evasive action.
Avoid Riding in Blind Spots
Avoid riding in the blind spots of other drivers. This is especially important at intersections, where cars may be turning left or right. If you are riding in the blind spot of another driver, they may not see you and may accidentally hit you.
Stay Out of the Crosswalk
Never ride your motorcycle through a crosswalk. This is illegal, and it can also be dangerous for pedestrians. Stay on the road and use the crosswalks to cross the street when you are on foot.
Be Prepared for Red Light Runners
Be prepared for cars that run red lights. Always approach intersections with caution, and be prepared to take evasive action if a car runs a red light. Look both ways before entering the intersection, even if you have a green light.
Be Alert While Riding Your Motorcycle
Stay alert at all times. Watch for cars that are not stopping at red lights, cars turning left in front of you, and pedestrians crossing the street. Stay focused on the road and be prepared to take evasive action if necessary.
Intersections can be dangerous for motorcycle riders, but by following these tips, you can increase your safety and reduce the risk of accidents. Approach intersections with caution, increase your visibility, use turn signals, watch for left-turning cars, avoid riding in blind spots, stay out of the crosswalk, be prepared for red light runners, and be alert at all times. Remember, your safety is your responsibility, and it’s up to you to take the necessary precautions to stay safe while riding your motorcycle.
The experienced Las Vegas injury lawyers at Shook & Stone have a successful track record representing the rights of injured motorcycle accident victims and their families. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Las Vegas, please contact us at 702-570-0000 to discuss your legal rights and options.