Nevada is a great state for motorcycles. The long stretches of straight, flat roads in the desert before one hits the mountains can be great for cruising bikes. The natural beauty of the Sierra Nevada range makes riding through that part of the state with an unobstructed 360-degree view a delightful experience. Unfortunately, for some, driving a motorcycle through Nevada is their last experience. Because of the lack of safety features on motorcycles, crashes lead to serious injuries or death.
About a month ago, we very briefly outlined the basics of a negligence case that might stem from an accident in Nevada. When someone is injured on the road, there is often a search to determine who is at fault. Negligence is one theory under which an accident victim may hold someone else responsible for his or her injuries, and seek monetary compensation from that individual.
Accidents involving any kind of vehicle tend to be bad for those involved. The property damage and personal injury that can occur when two massive pieces of metal and plastic collide at high speed is indisputable. When one of those vehicles is a motorcycle though, the results of a Nevada accident are often catastrophic. Because of the smaller size and weight of the motorcycle, and the lack of any metal cage around the driver, motorcycle accidents usually create devastating injuries. When these are caused by someone else's negligence, there are legal rights that may have to be protected.
A man was killed in a motorcycle accident on Las Vegas Boulevard earlier this month. An accident like this can be a sudden and heart-wrenching loss for all involved. In this instance, the driver of the vehicle that struck the motorcyclist is under investigation for their role in the crash.
Motorcycles are dangerous. While this may be true, it doesn't mean they shouldn't be ridden and enjoyed by the thousands that call themselves motorcyclists. The sad fact is, however, motorcyclists are much more susceptible to injury than the average motor-vehicle driver. According to the Insurance Information Institute, motorcyclists are 26 times more likely than motor-vehicle drivers to die in a crash and five times for likely to be injured.
Just the thought of getting in a crash makes most motorcyclists cringe. This is because even the smallest of fender-benders can lead to catastrophic injuries or destruction to property. Liability can fall on the shoulders of a motor-vehicle driver if they failed to exercise due care leading up to the accident. Motor-vehicle drivers sometimes argue that they didn't see the motorcyclist before the accident.
Motor vehicle deaths do not discriminate. Young or old, whatever walk of life one comes from, no one is immune to the potential road fatality. This also includes the wide variety of motor vehicles, big or small, motorists Nevada and elsewhere could suffer fatal injuries while traveling in a motorcycle, automobile or a large truck.
A story made national news when reports of a Reno man intentionally running over a CHP went viral. According to reports, he stopped to make a routine traffic stop on the I-80 when a Reno man used an F-150 to intentionally hit the CHP and then fled the scene of the accident. Drugs are thought to have been a factor in the accused's decision-making process and the truck used to allegedly strike the motorcycle accident victim was stolen. The fact that the man was on a motorcycle left the injured largely unprotected from the impact and force of the F-150.
Motorcyclists and their passengers love the feeling and the freedom of the open road. Because weather in Reno and the surrounding area is suited for motorcycles most of the year, it is a great place to get out and ride. But what happens when a motorcyclist is involved in a car accident causing catastrophic injury? What if the injured isn't sure who is at fault for causing the crash?
Motorcycles offer the freedom of the open road and a feeling that is unmatched by any other mode of transportation. While this is great, motorcyclists are also susceptible to collisions with passenger vehicles and other motor vehicles. This puts the driver and any passenger on the motorcycle in danger of catastrophic injuries. If a Reno motorcycle accident has left you or a loved one with such a bodily injury, compensation may be available.