According to a recent report, during 2017 motorcyclists in Reno and the rest of Nevada were in slightly less danger of dying in a crash than they were the year before. According to preliminary numbers, 54 people died in connection with motorcycle accidents in this state, which is a decrease of 20 from the 74 people who died in 2016. This was an almost 24 percent decrease in the number of fatalities and exceeded the national decrease of about 5.5 percent.
The news in Nevada is not all bright when it comes to motorcycle accidents, however. For instance, based on 2016 numbers, 22.6 percent of all those who died in motor vehicle accidents in this state were motorcyclists. Compared with all the other states, Nevada ranked highest with respect to this statistic, meaning that this state has a way to go with respect to preventing serious motorcycle crashes.
Although there are a number of things motorcyclists can do to protect themselves from serious accidents, as this blog has discussed before, people must not be quick to blame the motorcyclist every time they hear about motorcycle accidents. In many cases, a motorcyclist dies in an accident even though he was being perfectly safe on the road and was wearing the proper protective equipment.
If a family loses their loved one in a fatal motorcycle accident, then they may be able to recover compensation from the motorist responsible for the accident. For instance, if the driver of a car was not paying attention and turned in front of a motorcyclist, then it would be only fair for that driver to compensate the family for the deceased person's lost wages, funeral expenses and outstanding medical bills.