Mike Tyson has not been in a professional boxing match since 2006. His persona can be seen as intimidating, to say the least, a viewpoint which may be forever fueled by his reputation and face tattoo. However, on September 16th there was at least one person in Las Vegas who saw Mike Tyson not as intimidating and menacing but as a helpful protector. Ryan Chesley, 29, was reportedly riding his motorcycle on Las Vegas Interstate 15 when a taxi cut him off and he went down. Chesley suffered from broken bones and ligaments and lay on the pavement motionless when Mike Tyson came to his aid. According to Chesley’s lawyer, Tyson “appeared out of nowhere” to take control of the situation. He said Tyson was yelling at people, telling them not to touch him since he was injured. Tyson then proceeded to talk to Chesley until the paramedics were able to arrive on the scene and take him to the hospital. “He thought he was hallucinating,” his attorney said. “He thought he was in some other world.” Even with all of his injuries, Chesley still managed to take advantage of his horrible situation and take a picture of Tyson from the ground while waiting for the paramedics. Chesley reportedly sent Tyson a fruit basket and hand-written thank you card to show his gratitude to the retired boxer.
MOTORCYCLE CRASH STATISTICS
Motorcycles are, by nature, far less crashworthy than enclosed vehicles because they provide much less protection for riders. They are also less visible to other drivers and pedestrians, as well as being far less stable than their four-wheel vehicle counterparts. Finally, motorcycles are also more vulnerable to hazardous road conditions brought on by bad weather or construction. Motorcycle fatalities increased 7.1 percent to 4,957 in 2012 from 4,630 in 2010. Motorcycle-related injuries were also up in 2012, at 93,000 compared to 81,000 from 2011. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012 60 out of every 100,000 registered motorcycles were involved in a fatal crash, compared to only 14 out of every 100,000 four-wheel vehicles. That data shows that people who drove motorcycles were 26 times more likely to die and 5 times more likely to be injured than someone in a passenger car.
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Motorcycle accidents can often leave the victim with more serious personal injuries than passenger vehicle accidents. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a motorcycle or car accident, contact Bernstein and Poisson for a free consultation. At Bernstein and Poisson, we will use the knowledge we have acquired through years of learning the law and put it to use to help you through your terrible situation.