A motorcyclist died yesterday in a collision with a dump truck in the eastern valley, the Las Vegas Sun reports. According to Bill Cassell, a spokesman for Metro Police, the crash occurred around 2:49 p.m. in the intersection of Nellis Boulevard and Boulder Highway. The crash might have involved a third vehicle, but he said that hadn’t been verified.
Responders pronounced the motorcyclist dead at the scene of the May 17, 2012 crash. According to police, a dark-colored dump truck appeared to have left the scene of the accident, the Las Vegas Sun reports.
The Sun’s story notes that the site of the motorcycle crash is not far from the location of another deadly accident that happened on Tuesday night. In Tuesday’s accident, police said, a suspected drunk driver struck a pedestrian on Nellis Boulevard north of Flamingo Road. According to police, the pedestrian, who was not in a marked crosswalk, died at the scene.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that motorcycles are significantly more prone to be fatal to their riders than cars. In 2006, 13.10 car accidents out of 100,000 resulted in deaths for their passengers. For motorcycles, that number is 72.34 per 100,000. Motorcyclists face a risk that is 35 times greater to result in death than motorists in a passenger car. The NHSTA also reports that there are more than four million motorcycles on the roads of the United States. Even though motorcycle deaths only account for just five percent of all freeway deaths every year in registered vehicles, reports indicate that only two percent of registered vehicles are motorcycles. One of the biggest reasons why motorcycle crashes are so dangerous is because the rider has virtually no protection. Approximately 80 percent of motorcycle crashes result in bodily injury or harm, whereas only 20 percent of automobile accidents report similar injuries.
In order to address the high fatality rate, motorcycle enthusiasts have turned to protective clothing in an attempt buffer themselves against the impact of a possible collision. Laws in the United States now mandate the use of a secure helmet for all motorcyclists while riding, which is the most important article of clothing that can avoid fatalities. Other motorcycle-specific gear is brightly colored or has reflective stripes to make the rider more visible to other motorists on the road. Thick, tough leather jackets have long provided shelter from harsh weather, but for motorcyclists it is much more than that. Durable leather gives its wearer protection from abrasions if they do fall. In addition, most motorcycle jackets pad certain parts of the body to protect against the impact of a collision.
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