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.
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.
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.
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.