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?
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.
The truth of the matter is that roads and highways are potentially dangerous. Even despite a driver's best intentions sometimes car accidents do happen. Oftentimes these car accidents are minor and do not result in injuries to the passengers. However, not everyone involved in car accidents are so lucky and they do sustain serious injuries.
U.S. Highways stretch from coast to coast carrying people and cargo to their destinations. Traffic laws are put in to effect for the safety of everyone on the road. When these laws are broken, however, car accidents can happen that cause serious injury or even death. Such was the case in a deadly Nevada crash last week.
Today more than ever, roadways are a bustle of activity. Because of the business, care needs to be taken when driving as a negligent driver could be just around the corner. Every day, people are involved in car accidents resulting in serious injury from negligent drivers. Such an accident happened last week between two cars in Nevada.
Recently, this blog noted the difficulties of tracking down negligent drivers after a hit-and-run car accident. More recently, Reno saw an example of an alleged hit-and-run driver turning herself in to the police more than a week after an accident that left a young man fighting for his life.
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.
Nevada drivers probably know that they're not supposed to have their phones in their hands while they are driving. After all, the practice is prohibited under state law, and drivers can be fined if police officers catch them doing it. Still, studies show that the use of cell phones while driving continues to increase. The Nevada Highway Patrol has said that drivers using cell phones is so pervasive that distracted driving will soon eclipse intoxicated driving as the top cause of traffic fatalities.
Most Nevada drivers try their best to abide by traffic safety laws and to generally be careful drivers. Unfortunately, they sometimes have to share the road with people who are not nearly as responsible.
Much of Northern Nevada has been caught up in the recent trial of a man accused of murdering a woman by running into her with his car in a fit of drunken road rage. The story is shocking and bizarre, but it helps illustrate an important point about the legal process after someone is injured by a drunk driver.