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NHP: Inexperienced Riders to Blame for Deadly Motorcycle Crashes

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LAS VEGAS -- The new year is seeing the continuation of a deadly trend from 2013. Motorcyclists are dying on southern Nevada roads.

Friday morning, a 28 year old was killed after crashing into an exit sign while taking the exit from I-15 to Charleston Boulevard. The off-ramp was closed for several hours while Nevada Highway Patrol troopers investigated the accident.

Not only is there an increase in deadly motorcycle crashes, but NHP points out that the crashes usually involve just the rider, who was going too fast and lost control.

Trooper Loy Hixson reports three fatal motorcycle crashes in Clark County already this year. He says a common theme over the past year involves crashes where the motorcycle is the only vehicle involved.

"The inexperience seems to be what it is," Trooper Hixson said.

Larry Loyd teaches people how to be safe motorcycle riders and there is a personal reason for his efforts.

"It was really hard on me to lose my father on a motorcycle accident," Loyd said, "These things are what drives me to teach people to become safe."

Loyd says his father was making a turn, and his motorcycle was the only vehicle involved.

"I actually stopped teaching for about eight months trying to re-assess why I do what I do and I came to the realization that I do what I do because I really love it. I really love riding a motorcycle, and not only that, but I really love helping other people learn what I do," Loyd said.

It has been a long road for him, but he hopes to save lives along his way.

"I take it personal in a way because all us motorcyclists take it personal, because those are our comrades, those are people that identify with why we ride," Loyd said.

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