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Motorcycle instructor urges caution after recent deadly crashes

Motorcycle instructor urges caution after recent deadly crashes

By Molly Waldron. CREATED Mar 25, 2013

 Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- It's spring, and a perfect time for Victor "Doc" Moss to take a ride on his motorcycle. He's been riding for more than 40 years, and has never had an accident.

"I've never been down and I don't say I've never been down because of luck," said Moss. "After a half-million miles, it's because I'm thinking 'what do I need to do to stay alive in this?'"

Moss is a riding instructor, so safety is a priority for him.

"Motorcycles have certain inherent risks that are greater than a car, and if you don't understand those and how this machine works, you're putting yourself in danger," Moss said.

On Monday morning, a rider died after colliding with a vehicle pulling out of a parking lot on Sunset Road. Investigators are still working to determine what exactly happened.

"We're looking at the failure to yield right away on the vehicle, and the possibility of speed may have been a factor on the motorcycle," said one investigator.

It was the third deadly motorcycle crash in the Valley over the last couple weeks. Police say riders and other drivers need to be aware of their surroundings to prevent another tragedy from happening.

Moss believes riders of all skill levels should think about taking a safety class.

"In our school, we get about 1,000 students a year," Moss said. "I've never had anyone say they've come through and haven't learned anything."