Reno, NV (May 23, 2022) – Troopers from the Nevada State Police Highway Patrol are investigating the cause of an accident that resulted in the death of a motorcyclist on Monday, May 23rd in Reno.
The collision happened took place on Virginia City Highway in Storey County at about 7:45 p.m. when an undetermined number of vehicles, one of which was a motorcycle, collided for reasons still under investigation.
The motorcyclist was killed during the crash. His identity has not been disclosed.
Both the north and southbound lanes of the highway were shut down by police as they conducted an investigation and clean-up crews handled the disabled vehicles.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.
Factors in Nevada Motorcycle Crashes
While some causes of Nevada motorcycle accidents are difficult for riders to avoid, such as potholes in the roadway, the majority of circumstances that cause these accidents are completely preventable. Basic human error is responsible for a large portion of motor vehicle accidents on roadways and it affects motorcyclists even more than those inside a car.
Three of the main types of human error that often result in serious motorcycle crashes in Nevada are:
- Driving Under the Influence: In 2011, almost 30% of motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes had a blood-alcohol level of 0.08% or higher. In Nevada, drunk drivers are a major problem for the police, particularly when the driver is on a motorcycle. Consuming even a small amount of alcohol can impair a rider’s vision, slow their reaction time, impede their ability to make good decisions, and affect their balance, coordination, and fine motor skills, all of which play an integral role in the safe operation of a motorcycle.
- Driving While Distracted: Making phone calls, texting, smoking, eating, reaching for objects… Distracted driving encompasses any action that takes a driver’s hands, eyes, or mind away from operating a motor vehicle. Distracted driving has long since surpassed drunk driving as the number one cause of vehicle accidents nationwide. This makes it important, to motorcyclists especially, that drivers stay vigilant of any dangers by paying extra attention to their surroundings, because the driver next to you may not be.
- Exceeding the Speed Limit: Speeding near a motorcycle rider is extremely dangerous. Not only does it reduce the rider’s odds of being noticed by the speeding driver, but when a collision does happen, the amount of force generated by the impact will be much more substantial, resulting in far worse injuries than had they been going the speed limit.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, we are happy to review the facts of your case during a no-obligation consultation over lunch. Our Nevada motorcycle accident lawyers will customize their advice to align with your specific goals and needs.
Our dedicated team has spent years fighting for the rights of victims and their families after they have been injured in motorcycle accidents that were not their fault. Get in touch with us today by calling our Las Vegas office at 702-423-3333.
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