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General Info – Motorcycle Accident
The number of motorcycle riders in Nevada is increasing, partially due to high gas prices and people’s efforts to save money. Motorcycle accidents have a much higher risk of serious injury or death for the rider than do auto accidents. In 2004, 4,000 people in the U.S. died from motorcycle accidents. This is an increase of 8 percent from 2003. In Nevada, the number of motorcycle fatalities also increased from 2003 to 2004- with deaths more than doubling from 25 to 52.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration figures show that collisions were the cause of two-thirds of all motorcycle fatalities. About 50 percent of the motorcycle collision deaths were with another vehicle and 25 percent with a fixed object. Most of the deaths could have been avoided if riders chose to wear helmets, which is required for all riders in Nevada. Despite Nevada law requiring helmets, 12 of the motorcycle deaths in 2004 were among riders without helmets.
The increase in fatal Nevada motorcycle accidents, or statewide deaths, was consistent with national trends. In recent years, the number of fatal motorcycle accidents have steadily increased. According to statistics, the fatality rate for a motorcyclist is 4.1 times higher than the rate for passenger car occupants.
Higher Incidence of Accidents
The greater number of motorcycle riders on the road will naturally mean that there will be a higher incidence of motorcycle accidents. Because of the increasing number of motorcycle accidents, the Office of Traffic Safety’s Nevada Rider Motorcycle Safety Program launched a public education campaign in May of 2004. Named Watch for Motorcyclists: They Can Come Out of the Blue, it is an effort to bring awareness to the increasing number of motorcyclists.
Nevada considered but failed to repeal their all-rider helmet laws in the 2003/2004 legislative sessions. The use of helmets has been shown to dramatically decrease the chances of fatal or serious injuries for those involved in motorcycle accidents.
Automobile drivers on Nevada roadways often fail to see motorcyclists because of the smaller size of motorcycles. When involved in a motorcycle accident with other vehicles, the motorcyclists is at a much greater risk for suffering fatal or debilitating injuries. It is advised to contact an experienced Las Vegas motorcycle accident attorney as soon after an accident as possible. The attorney can explain how to protect your legal rights and the vital steps you need to take in order to preserve the strength of your potential case.