A motorcycle accident on Jan. 17 in Nevada took the life of a 28-year-old man. He reportedly died in an ambulance en route to a hospital after colliding with an exit sign along Interstate 15. A preliminary investigation by the Nevada Highway Patrol indicated that the rider lost control of the motorcycle because of excessive speed.
Reno residents are no doubt aware of the high number of traffic fatalities that happen every year. These unfortunate occurrences are avoidable, however, and in the southern part of our state, citizens and officers are working together to bring education about traffic safety to the forefront.
Car accidents are the major cause of death for Americans under 30, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2009, more than 33,000 people were killed in auto accidents, with another 2.2 million injured. Of those casualties, more than 70 percent occurred in passenger vehicles.
Sometimes the most tragic auto accidents do not occur on busy highways but in quiet, residential neighborhoods. That was the case when a 5-year-old Nevada child was killed while riding her tricycle along a sidewalk in Fernley on Jan. 2. The driver who hit the child was taken into custody for felony DUI.
A head-on collision is one of the most terrifying types of auto accidents a motorist can experience. Even when two vehicles are travelling at a relatively low speed, the damage caused by a head-on crash can be catastrophic. Unfortunately, wrong-way accidents are a dangerous reality on Nevada roadways, and motorists who have been injured because of a wrong-way driver's negligence should be aware of the available legal options for covering the costs resulting from the crash.