Riding your motorcycle may be one of life’s grandest pleasures. However, it can also be one of the most dangerous. Every time you ride out, you are at risk of colliding with cars, trucks and other objects. Not all motor vehicle accidents in Nevada that involve motorcyclists are the result of rider error. Passenger and commercial vehicle operator negligence, error, recklessness and distraction cause many accidents.
The streets are not always as safe as they should be. Before you take to the roads, be sure to learn about the common types of collisions you may encounter when you are out riding.
You are at a particularly high risk of serious injury and death from a head-on crash when motorists drive while impaired. Drunk and inattentive passenger and commercial vehicle operators are more likely to veer from their lanes while they are turning and hit motorcyclists that are also turning from opposite lanes in head-on collisions.
Many motorists do not take into consideration there may be motorcyclists on the side of them when they are in traffic. This ignorance is often the result of not fully checking their mirrors and their blind spots. When passenger and commercial vehicle drivers merge or change lanes when riders are next to them, they risk clipping or sideswiping them. You are also in danger of a sideswipe collision from a motorist who drifts into your lane.
Some drivers are in the habit of driving too close behind motorcyclists and other vehicles. This does not give them enough time to stop if you must make a sudden stop. Drivers who tailgate motorcyclists often end up rear-ending them.
You cannot predict the likelihood of becoming involved in accidents. But you can take measures to minimize your risk of injury by wearing safety gear, following traffic laws and paying attention to motorists. If you suffer an injury caused by a vehicle while you are out riding your motorcycle, consider speaking with an attorney to learn your options.