It’s easy to see the appeal of driving around Las Vegas and Nevada as a whole. It has bright lights of the city to take in as well as big stretches of open road, with Red Rock Canyon and Mount Charleston both being popular among bikers. The scenery is breathtaking.
Despite its beauty and strict helmet laws, Nevada does have its risks for motorcyclists.
As a bike rider, you’ll know that there’s danger on the roads wherever you go. You always have to be on the lookout for hazards, some of which are other road users themselves. The chance is always there that you won’t be seen and so you need to stay alert to your surroundings constantly.
What is it about Las Vegas that makes it a dangerous place to ride a motorcycle?
Drivers are distracted
As you might imagine, driving down the Las Vegas strip (especially at night) has a lot of distractions. There are a hundred things to all take in at once. There are bright, flashing lights coming from all directions and the roads are always busy.
For motorcyclists, this poses a risk that other road users will not be paying attention while driving. This negligence can result in unsafe maneuvers and drifting across lanes. It also makes it less likely that other drivers will see you. Being sure to wear high-visibility clothing can make a big difference when it comes to being seen on the roads.
Following on from point one, Las Vegas is known for being a place people go to have fun and let their hair down.
Unfortunately for motorcyclists, this can result in an increase in other road users driving while under the influence or making risky decisions such as speeding and unsafe lane changes. This can make their erratic behavior hard to anticipate which in turn can cause accidents.
If you are a motorcyclist and have been injured as the result of negligent driving by another road user, seeking some early legal assistance can help you to get compensation for your injuries and losses.