Both automobile and motorcycle drivers who take to the roads in Nevada should be aware of the state’s motorcycle laws. By knowing the laws, you can help to protect yourself from often-devastating crashes. In 2015 alone, over 4,956 motorcyclists were killed in accidents, many of which involved other cars, trucks, SUVs and vans. In many of these accidents and the numerous injury crashes that took place, automobile drivers were found to be at fault for failing to properly share the road with motorcycles.
As motorcycles become more popular on Nevada roadways, it is more important than ever that people understand roadway safety. Nevada Motorcyclists have the same rights and duties as any other driver. The consequences of a motorcycle accident can be catastrophic and deadly and often require the services of a personal injury lawyer in Las Vegas to pursue compensation for the damages caused.
Tips for Drivers
When drivers share the roadways with motorcycles, it can be especially important to check blind spots in the mirrors. Because motorcycles are small and slim, many dart between cars when changing lanes. This means that it’s particularly important to keep your eyes open before proceeding with changing lanes or merging.
It’s also important to think clearly before passing. Car drivers have every right to pass a motorcycle, but a gust of wind thrown out by the force of the car’s increase in speed could blow a motorcycle over, causing serious injuries, especially on a busy highway. Signaling can be an important way of alerting the others on the road, including motorcyclists, that a pass is coming.
In addition, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings. One common situation for motorcycle-car crashes involves a left-turning car hit squarely by a motorcycle proceeding through an intersection. Following the rules can help avoid crashes and protect a driver from being held at fault.
Tips for Motorcyclists
Motorcyclists also have responsibilities on Nevada roads. If you are a motorcyclist, you are at a constant and elevated risk of serious injury or even death, especially due to negligent or distracted car and truck drivers. In order to drive a motorcycle, you must have a valid Class M license that verifies your readiness to operate the vehicle. In addition, motorcyclists are required to wear a helmet under state law.
Despite the fact that motorcycles are small and swift, you still must follow the rules of the road. This means not riding next to other vehicles in the same lane or passing another vehicle while sharing a lane. In addition, motorcyclists may not ride down the center line to pass between stopped or moving car traffic.
Motorcycle crashes can lead to devastating injuries and life-long disabilities. If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle crash caused by someone else’s dangerous driving behavior, a personal injury lawyer in Las Vegas can help you. Call us at The Schnitzer Law Firm at 702-960-4050 or use our simple online form to set up a free consultation where you can find out how we can fight for you.