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.
There is nothing quite like the feeling that one gets when riding their motorcycle. The wind in your hair, the freedom of the open road - it's all very poetic. However, motorcyclists can be affected by a less-than-poetic event if they are involved in a motorcycle accident. Often, other drivers are to blame either partially or completely for the motorcycle accident and the resulting injuries.
Vehicles on American roads come in practically all shapes and sizes. From the massive commercial trucks that haul goods across the country to the petite smart cars favored by city dwellers, it is not unusual for a Reno driver to see an array of automobiles when they take to the streets and highways of the city. Though drivers tend to look out for other cars, trucks and multi-person vehicles when they are behind the wheels of their automobiles, there is one means of transportation that tends to disappear from the sights of individuals on the roads: motorcycles.
Just as the drivers of cars, trucks and other automobiles are required to follow the rules of the road so too are motorcyclists expected to abide by the laws that govern safe driving in the state of Nevada. Additionally, just as vehicle drivers have rights to seek compensation when they are harmed in collisions with other automobiles so too may motorcycle accident victims pursue their losses when they are injured in crashes with motor vehicles. The law firm of Bradley, Drendel & Jeanney proudly represents victims of motorcycle accidents and works zealously to attain damage awards for its clients.
Negligence is the basis for many of the personal injury lawsuits that are filed in Nevada courts. When a person has a duty to another individual and fails to fulfill that duty to the injury and detriment of the other, then it can be possible for the victim to recover compensation for his or her losses from the breach.
In April, this blog discussed a bit about the concept of negligence in Nevada and, more specifically, what the elements of such a claim would be in a civil case to recover damages due to, say, a motorcycle accident. We also touched on the elements of legal duty and breach of that duty as the first part of such a case. Some may realize that simply having a breach of a legal duty will not be enough to impose liability, however. The next part of a negligence case is showing causation; that is, did the injuries in the accident result from the breach of duty claimed?