Motorcycle accidents in Las Vegas are all too common. And due to the vulnerability of the driver of the motorcycle, the motorcyclist often ends up with severe or fatal injuries.
Motorcycles are small and fast forms of transportation. And although sometimes excessive speed is the culprit, it is often times the inattentiveness of other drivers that lead to catastrophic results. Because motorcyclists often slow down by easing off the throttle or downshifting, the brake lights on the motorcycle are not activated and therefore visible to other drivers. If there is enough space between the vehicle behind it and the motorcycle, this is usually not a problem.
But tailgating a motorcycle can very well lead to a rear end collision that is going to result in the motorcyclist being thrown from his/her vehicle and maybe into traffic.
Additionally, motorcyclists, due to their small size, can weave in and out of traffic or adjust their lane position more easily than larger vehicles can. This is not a reckless act of the motorcyclist.
Motorcyclists are more vulnerable to debris in the road, wind conditions and congested traffic than larger vehicles. Therefore, the motorcyclist may change lanes suddenly and often for safety reasons or to increase visibility. As a driver of any vehicle, it is always critical to be aware of your surroundings, checking your side and rear view mirrors often. This can mean the difference between life and death for a motorcyclist.
Always be aware that on many motorcycles, a turn signal does not automatically cancel once the turn has been made. Therefore, an inexperienced motorcyclist may leave the turn signal on for a longer period of time than necessary. Giving the motorcyclist and yourself sufficient time and space to respond to any unexpected circumstance is a rule of caution that should be abided by all drivers.
Riding as a passenger on a motorcycle can be fun and exhilarating. But it can increase the risk for the driver of the motorcycle. An inexperienced passenger can throw off the balance of the motorcycle by shifting around on the back of the bike or not leaning with the driver properly into turns. Additionally, it will take the driver a longer period of time to stop the motorcycle when necessary and it is not as easy to maneuver the bike with two passengers as opposed to one.
Leaving sufficient stopping space between the motorcycle and other vehicles is critical to ensure the safety of all.
Motorcycles are a great form of transportation, especially in a city like Las Vegas. However, due to inexperience and inattentiveness of other drivers, motorcycle accidents in Las Vegas are all too common. If you or a family member has been hurt as a result of a motorcycle accident, do not hesitate to contact the experienced attorneys of Gregory & Waldo today by calling 702-830-7925.