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Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

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Here are a few of the common causes of motorcycle accidents in and around the Las Vegas metro area. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, please call our office today for a free consultation. We will let you know if are eligible to bring forward a personal injury claim and receive compensation for the damages you have suffered.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents | Human Error

Motorcycle accidents across the state of Nevada fall into two general categories: those caused by human error and those due to external forces. Where human error-related accidents are concerned, many such collisions stem from the fact that motorcycles and cars follow different rules when on the road. From the perspective of the driver of a car, a motorcycle or bicycle may be all but invisible under certain circumstances. If the driver does not notice a motorcycle just a few feet away, one inadvertently hidden in the car’s blind spot, the car can suddenly turn, causing a collision with the motorcycle. Alternatively, the driver of the car may falsely believe that he or she, rather than the motorcyclist, has the right of way, and this can be a recipe for disaster.

Get Our FREE Motorcycle Accident Guide Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents | Distracted Driving

Even when both drivers are familiar with the right-of-way laws, crashes can still occur when either driver is unable to concentrate on the road. Distracted driving is a major cause of all types of motor vehicle accidents across the United States, and because cars and motorcycles travel so quickly, a split-second lapse of attention can have deadly consequences. Nevada may have instituted a handheld cell phone ban in 2011, but that has not stopped drivers from causing accidents when they send text messages or make phone calls while behind the wheel.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents | External Factors

The Las Vegas metro area, due to its location in the desert, may be devoid of snow and most rainfall, but that does not mean that the sunlight and the heat are not regular contributors to poor visibility. A glare emanating from the asphalt is more than enough to prevent drivers from seeing clearly, and a motorcyclist temporarily blinded by the light can easily cause an accident. The excessive light and heat can also cause fatigue, resulting in clouded thoughts and slower reaction times. Even though inclement weather, a common cause of motor vehicle accidents, is nearly absent from the Las Vegas region, the climate can still play a major role in causing motorcycle accidents.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents | Driving Under the Influence

It is a sobering fact that driving under the influence remains a significant factor in motor vehicle collisions. Consuming alcohol or drugs in the hours prior to driving is all but certain to end in disaster. Approximately one thousand people die each year in the state of Nevada because of drunk drivers, and motorcycle accidents are one of many possible scenarios in which drunk driving can cause injury, if not death.

If you are seeking compensation for injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident, please contact our experienced Las Vegas motorcycle accident attorney today for a free consultation.