Now that spring is officially here, it brings with it cause for increased caution on Reno roads. This is due to the increased number of motorcyclists out and about once the weather makes a change for the better. Most people love to enjoy the warmer weather and this does not exclude motorcyclists. Passenger vehicles, semi-trucks and even other motorcyclists need to be aware of the increased possibility for motorcycle accidents.
People in the Reno area who have been in a motorcycle wreck know that there are many difficult consequences of these accidents. First, your physical condition may be sub-par due to injuries you suffered during the accident. These could cause you to take some time off from work in order to recover, which may stint your finances. Not to mention the condition of your motorcycle; needless to say it needs some repair work. You may be able to recover damages for these problems.
Motorcyclists on the road are at an immediate safety disadvantage. This is due to the obvious fact that motorcycles are much smaller and less protective than regular passenger vehicles on the road today. But how many motorcyclists are actually involved in accidents every year? Of those accidents, what percentage of accident victims are seriously injured or even killed?
If you ride a motorcycle, you no doubt have heard the horror stories about motorcycle accidents. Surely your family told you how dangerous they are. However, motorcyclists have as much right to be on the road as anyone else. Their safety is a hot topic and should be taken into consideration by both motorcycle and automobile drivers.
Summer is a time where all drivers need to be aware of other drivers on the road. This is especially true because of the increase in motorcycles on the roads during the summer months. Many motorcycle accidents happen when inattentive drivers collide with motorcyclists. These accidents can cause serious injuries or even death.
There was good news and bad news for Nevada motorcyclists in recent traffic safety reports. Nationwide, the number of deaths in motorcycle accidents declined in 2013 by 7 percent from the year before, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. The small drop is significant because the number increases most years. This drop marks only the second year that the number has declined since 1997. Researchers cautioned that the decline may be largely due to the fact that much of the country experienced poor weather for much of last year, leading to fewer American motorcyclists on the roads.
Because motorcyclists are so much more exposed than people in cars or trucks, they are much more likely to die or suffer catastrophic injuries in an accident. Statistics suggest that motorcycles are more likely to be involved in accidents, as well, simply because the two wheel design makes them less stable. However, there is another factor that makes motorcycles more vulnerable: car and truck drivers are less likely to see them.
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.
It is difficult to imagine the devastating effects of a serious or fatal car accident. That is the reality for family members of a 19-year-old man who died in a fatal crash while riding his motorcycle in Las Vegas. The driver of the other vehicle received a sentence on Dec. 9 for fleeing the scene of the motorcycle accident.