Motorcycles are a fun, popular mode of transportation, but they don't provide the same level of protection that cars do in the case of an accident. There's no structure in place to help protect the motorcycle rider and no air bags to help cushion them. In addition, motorcycles are less visible in traffic compared to cars and other large vehicles.
In a recent year, 4,586 motorcyclists were killed in accidents, and motorcycle fatalities occur 27 times more often than passenger occupant vehicle fatalities per mile traveled, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In the same year, around 92,000 motorcyclists were injured in traffic accidents.
The NHTSA advocates the use of helmets, estimating that their use saved 1,669 motorcyclists' lives in a recent year. In states without universal helmet laws, the majority of motorcyclists killed weren't wearing helmets, and in states (including Nevada) that have these laws, only 8 percent of motorcyclists killed weren't wearing helmets.
Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez, accident attorneys in Las Vegas, suggest learning the common causes of motorcycle accidents as well as ways you can avoid them:
A car turns left in front of a motorcyclist
The car's driver may fail to see you or may think you’re going slower than you actually are. Your best defense against this type of accident is awareness. If you see a car at an intersection waiting to turn, be aware of the driver’s actions and be prepared to slow down and evade the car if it suddenly turns into your path.
Since motorcycles are smaller and less stable than other vehicles, they're more affected by road hazards such as wet pavement, uneven heights between lanes, and debris in the road. Avoid driving in rainy weather, if possible, and don't speed so you'll have time to spot hazards while you still have time to avoid them.
A car suddenly moves into your lane
Some motorcycle accidents occur when a car suddenly changes lanes. Be alert in traffic where one lane is moving faster than others. Drivers will naturally want to move into that lane. Also be aware of where blind spots are for drivers, and don't drive in these areas if you can.
As with car drivers, a common cause of motorcycle accidents is driving under the influence of alcohol. The NHTSA found that in a recent year, 43 percent of motorcycle riders who died in single-vehicle crashes were driving while impaired. Don't drink when when you know you’ll be driving, and call a cab, Uber, or catch a ride with a sober friend when you’ve been drinking.
Call the accident attorneys in Las Vegas
If you're a motorcycle rider who’s been injured in an accident, you may need the services of accident attorneys in Las Vegas. Call the law firm of Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez at 702-388-GGRM (4476). Our accident attorneys in Las Vegas offer a free consultation and will help you get back on your feet.