The official first day of spring will not arrive for another couple of weeks. Just the same, the weather starts to warm up in the Reno area in March and April, and that means that more motorcyclists in the area will be pulling their bikes out of their garages for a ride.
It is important for any motorist to give plenty of space to the vehicles behind which they are traveling. In this respect, many drivers observe what often gets referred to as the two-second rule. In other words, when a car is following another car, it is best for the driver of the car behind to arrive at a designated landmark on the road, like a sign, at least two seconds after the preceding car passes it.
A young man who was riding a motorcycle died as the result of a possible failure to yield at a Reno intersection. Authorities are, however, still investigating the precise cause of the crash and have even asked the public for information.
A previous post on this blog talked about how although motorcycle accidents declined in Nevada between 2016 and 2017, the state still has a problem when it comes to motorcyclists making up a disproportionate number of the total victims of fatal motorcycle accidents. It is unfortunate that motorcyclists in Reno and the other communities of this state seem to have a rough go of it. It is equally unfortunate that, while many of these fatal accidents can be attributed to a negligent driver of another vehicle, motorcyclists still struggle against the common perception that they are unsafe drivers and are usually to blame for an accident.
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.
Previous posts here have often discussed how motorcycle accidents in the Reno, Nevada, area can leave a rider suffering for the rest of his or her life with catastrophic brain or spinal cord injuries, making it clear that the rider has been seriously and permanently hurt. As such, if another motorist was at fault for the motorcyclist's injuries, it is fairly evident that the other motorist owes compensation to the rider.
Motorcyclists in the Reno area and throughout the rest of Nevada will want to be particularly aware of their tires, particularly if they are Goodyear tires.
A previous post here discussed how, in most cases, when a motorcyclist gets hit by another vehicle, the responsibility lies with the driver of the other vehicle. Unfortunately, there is still a common stigma that motorcyclists in Reno, Nevada, who get hurt in an accident may have to just "deal with it." Specifically, many people who don't routinely ride motorcycles, including some police officers and even judges, may have an impression that motorcycle riders have a tendency to be thoughtless or even reckless on the road and, thus, are usually responsible for their own accidents.
With the warmer weather of summer coming soon to the Reno area, there will be more people riding their motorcycles on the city roads and the byways in the surrounding mountains. Other drivers in conventional cars and other motor vehicles have an obligation to be on the lookout for these motorcyclists and avoid hitting them by mistake. After all, a car colliding or even just cutting off a motorcycle can cause serious motorcycle accidents that can leave a Nevada motorcyclist suffering from a permanent disability.