Nevada is a beautiful state to motorcycle through. All motorists should do their part to ensure that these riders remain safe. If they’re struck by another vehicle, the risks for a motorcyclist are serious simply because they lack the protection of the outer “shell” of a regular passenger car upon impact.
Motorcyclists are five times more likely than others to suffer an injury in a crash. They are also 26 times more likely to die in a crash. In more than half of the motorcycle crashes that involve another vehicle, the motorcyclist’s right of way was violated.
How can motorists help keep motorcyclists safer?
Motorists can help to keep motorcyclists safe by respecting them as rightful occupants of the roads. Even though these vehicles are much smaller than others, they have just as much of a right to use public roadways.
It’s especially important for motorists to be mindful of motorcyclists at intersections. Approximately 70% of motorcycle crashes happen at intersections. This is due to motorists not being able to see the motorcyclist because of objects blocking the motorists’ line of sight. Drivers also may overlook a motorcycle, also, simply because they’re watching for other cars, delivery trucks and the like — and the motorcycle’s smaller size doesn’t register. Paying extra attention for the potential of a motorcycle around is always wise.
What can an injured motorcyclist do to protect their interests?
Motorcyclists who are involved in a crash may suffer very serious injuries. These can lead to emergency room visits and considerable medical care costs. Ultimately, the injured party can opt to seek compensation for the financial damages that they’ve suffered due to another driver’s negligence. This includes medical expenses, missed wages, and more. Working with an attorney who’s familiar with these types of cases can help ensure fair compensation.