In 2014, motorcyclists were killed at a rate 27 times higher than motorists and passengers in other vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
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Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in Nevada include:
Cars Making Left Turns
Approximately 42 percent of motorcycle accidents occur when a passenger vehicle makes a left turn into a motorcyclist’s path. This can occur if a passenger vehicle moves to make the left turn and collides with a motorcycle that is going straight through an intersection, passing the car, or trying to overtake the car. This type of accident is common because motorcycles are smaller and more difficult to see.
Head-on collisions account for 56 percent of deaths in motorcycle accidents and are the most common reason for fatalities in motorcycle accidents. Head-on collisions occur when a passenger vehicle crashes into a motorcycle from the front.
Failure to See a Motorcycle
The majority of motorcycle accidents occur when the driver of a passenger vehicle fails to see a motorcyclist. This occurs in approximately half of all collisions between a motorcycle and passenger vehicle.
Because motorcycles are smaller than passenger vehicles, they are less visible to other drivers sharing the roadway. Also, a motorcyclist’s presence may be obstructed by another vehicle or because he or she is in a vehicle’s blind spot.
Because motorcycles have only two wheels and are less table and smaller than passenger vehicles, they