• September 23, 2022

Motorcyclist Injured in Crash with Big Rig at Lamb and Nexus in Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas, NV — September 22, 2022, a motorcyclist was seriously injured in a crash with a tractor-trailer at a North Las Vegas intersection.

Authorities say the incident happened around 6:15 p.m. at the crossing of Lamb Boulevard and Nexus Way, close to Interstate 15. Preliminary investigation suggests a motorcyclist entered the intersection as an 18-wheeler was "still in the process of completing a turn," at which point the bike crashed into the semi-trailer.

The motorcyclist, a man believed to be in his late 20s, was ejected from the bike and suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported.

Investigators say the truck driver remained at the scene and showed no signs of impairment.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Las Vegas Motorcycle Accident at Lamb and Nexus

Reports just say a motorcycle crashed into a turning truck here, but frankly that seems like a pretty incomplete picture of events. Maybe police plan to flesh out the narrative with a little more time to investigate, but I've seen more than enough motorcycle (and commercial truck) accidents to wonder if the whole truth will ever really be seen by the public.

I don't mean to come down on law enforcement here, but I know a couple of things from long experience: First, trucking companies rarely if ever automatically admit liability when their drivers may have hurt someone, and second, motorcyclists often get a bad rap for acting reckless even if they really did nothing wrong.

Is it possible the biker wasn't paying attention or tried to speed through the intersection? Sure. However, is it also possible that the truck driver turned into the path of thru-traffic that had the right-of-way? Also yes. The crash those two things create might look the same, but each cause could have drastically different effects from a legal standpoint. That's why it's so important to get to the bottom of things and use every available source of evidence to learn what really happened. Will LVPD take the time and care needed to get that done?

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