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Speed, inexperience factors in fatal motorcycle crashes

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.

After the crash, an NHP trooper noted that many motorcycle crashes result from inexperience. In fact, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol, the most common causes of fatal motorcycle accidents are inexperience and excessive speed.

While inexperience may be a factor in many motorcycle accidents, the reality is that most riders are careful, defensive drivers on Nevada roadways. Drivers of cars, trucks and other larger vehicles have an obligation to look out for motorcyclists and allow plenty of following distance. Failure to take these precautions too often results in collisions that injure motorcyclists far worse than the other individuals involved in the crash.

Because the risk of injury is so high for motorcyclists, they have to be especially aware of their surroundings. Drivers of all kinds of motor vehicles are obliged, however, to exercise increased situational awareness when visibility is compromised in any way, such as with rain, fog or low light conditions. Unfortunately, too many motorists fail to exercise reasonable caution when road conditions change.

Motorcyclists are not protected by a car chassis, so bike crashes often result in serious injuries. If a negligent car or truck driver causes such an accident, injured riders or their families may need to consult with a personal injury attorney to consider the full range of legal options.

Source: KLAS-TV, "NHP: Inexperienced Riders to Blame for Deadly Motorcycle Crashes," Vanessa Murphy, Jan. 17. 2014

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