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Drivers Causing Problems for Motorcyclists

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LAS VEGAS -- Motorcyclists are more closely considering the dangers they face on valley roads after two riders were hit and killed this past weekend.

A 25-year-old man died early Monday morning after a driver crashed her car into the motorcycle he was riding on Sunset Road. On Saturday, a 53-year-old man died after a car pulled out in front of the motorcycle he was riding on Nellis Boulevard.

Three other people died in unrelated crashes this weekend.

After the deadly crashes, veteran drivers are working to keep motorcyclists safe by teaching them how to live out on the road.

Henderson motorcyclist Denise Banks said she knows what to look for when out on the open road.

"I am always looking in my mirrors," she said. "I always know where the vehicles are. … You have to be on your toes as a rider. You can't assume everybody sees you."

Frank Mir said that was a lesson he took to heart as he learned to ride a motorcycle.

"Just expect the unexpected," he said. "I expect everybody to screw up and get in front of me."

Investigators found that drivers were crossing the path of motorcyclists and causing wrecks in the last 72 hours.

In the case of Mark Mizzoni, the motorcyclist who was killed on Nellis after he was cut off, he was wearing a novelty helmet that flew off in the crash.

"They're not watching for us," said Larry Loyd, a safety instructor, of cars on the road. "We need to watch out for them."

Loyd teaches courses at Henderson Harley-Davidson.

He said he explains three things to new riders during safety classes.

"'Am I staying within my limits? Am I staying within the motorcycles limits? Am I staying within the environment that I'm riding with?'" he said.

Loyd said car drivers don't usually mean to make mistakes on the road, but often do.

"If they are looking for motorcycles, they usually misjudge our speed, or they think we're farther than we really are," he said.

Banks said she wants car drivers to know her limitations, but also their own.

"I am here," the motorcyclist said. "We're here."

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