Last month a motorcyclist died after being struck by a car in North Las Vegas. Drivers have a responsibility to look out for motorcycles. Read on as we provide tips to share the road with motorcycles.
We hope the below discussion helps keep everyone safe. If a driver injures you in a motorcycle accident, contact an experienced Las Vegas personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer will help to protect your rights and ensure you receive maximum compensation.
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Motorcycle Fatalities in Nevada
It’s a dangerous time to ride a motorcycle. Consider the following information on motorcycle fatalities in Nevada:
- Motorcycle crashes represent 19.8 percent of Nevada’s total traffic fatalities.
- From 2015 to 2019 there were 297 fatalities and 293 fatal motorcycle crashes on Nevada roadways.
- Clark County reported the highest number of fatal motorcycle crashes from 2015 to 2019.
- From 2015 to 2019, males ages 21 to 25 years old were the largest reported age group for motorcycle rider and passenger fatalities.
- Most fatal motorcycle crashes occurred between 12:00 p.m. and 8:59 p.m.
- The maneuver that most frequently resulted in fatal motorcycle crashes was a collision with a moving vehicle.
- Motorcycle riders are 28 times more likely to die in traffic crashes.
- Between 2015 and 2019, 77 percent of fatal motorcycle crashes occurred on urban roadways.
Even the most cautious motorcycle rider can be injured in an accident. If you are injured in a Las Vegas area motorcycle accident, contact Anthem Injury Lawyers. We are located in Henderson and handle personal injury cases all over the Las Vegas area including North Las Vegas, Henderson, and Summerlin. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
How To Look Out for Motorcycles
If you are a driver, you should look out for motorcycles, especially when you are driving in town. As mentioned above, most fatal motorcycle crashes occur on urban roadways. There are a number of ways that drivers can look out for motorcycles, including those discussed below.
Distracted driving makes it less likely that you will have time to see and react to a motorcycle on the road. Distracted driving is anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving. Put down your phone while driving. Store it in a safe space that is out of reach to avoid the temptation to use it while driving. Avoid other common distractions including the following:
- Emotional conversations
- Eating or drinking
- Searching for something in the vehicle
- Adjusting hair or makeup
- Adjusting the temperature or radio controls
You should never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Impaired driving is the leading cause of motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and fatalities in Nevada. If you are impaired, you are less likely to see and react to motorcycles and other vehicles on the road. Always drive sober.
Look Twice When Turning
Motorcycle accidents are common at intersections. Especially when a driver is turning left. Motorcycles can be small and difficult for drivers to see. That is why you should always look twice for motorcycles when turning at intersections.
Assume Motorcycles Are Closer Than They Appear
It can be difficult to judge the speed and distance of a motorcycle. Always assume that a motorcycle is closer than it appears. Use caution when a motorcycle is present.
Check Your Blind Spots
Motorcycles can get lost in your blind spots. Double-check your blind spots for motorcycles when merging or changing lanes.
Use Your Turn Signal
Your turn signal lets everyone on the road know what you intend to do. Use your turn signal appropriately to give any motorcycles around you notice of your intention to turn.
Give Motorcycles Space
If you are following a motorcycle you should give the rider plenty of space. They may slow down without activating their brake light. Make sure you have time to safely stop and react to the motorcycle in front of you.
Share the Road
Motorcyclists have the right to their own traffic lane. It’s the law. Nevada Revised Statute 486.341 states the following:
- Every motorcycle or moped when being driven on the highway is entitled to full use of the traffic lane it is occupying, and a person shall not drive another motor vehicle in a manner which would deprive any such motorcycle or moped of such use.
Use Caution in Bad Weather and on Bad Roads
Motorcycles do not handle like vehicles. Bad roads and inclement weather can make the roads especially dangerous for motorcycles. This means that motorcycle riders may not be able to react in the same way as they would in good weather or on good roads. Be especially cautious around motorcycles in construction zones, on uneven or dirt roads, in rain, or in heavy winds.
Motorcycle riders deserve respect, just like all other drivers on the road. Motorcycle riders are people. They are your friends, your neighbors, and may even be you. Keep the roads safe for them.
EXPERIENCED LAS VEGAS PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS
We hope the above motorcycle safety tips help keep you and your loved ones safe. If a driver injures you in a motorcycle accident, contact the law firm of Anthem Injury Lawyers. Time is of the essence. Get in touch with our Las Vegas personal injury lawyers today, so we can begin pursuing significant compensation for you. If you cannot visit our Las Vegas area office, we can come to you to discuss your personal injury case.
Call Anthem Injury Lawyers today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.