THE FACTS ABOUT MOTORCYCLES
are more than27X more likely than passenger car occupants to die in motor vehicle traffic crashes
Motorcycles are a part of the great American tradition. It’s all about escaping the cages, exploring the open road and seeing the world. However, the fact is that there are certain risks that come with riding a motorcycle. Between 2011 and 2015, 968 motorcyclists were seriously injured in Nevada and 238 riders lost their lives on our roadways. While we want to see you out riding on our roads today, even more importantly we want to see you out riding again tomorrow.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
34% of all motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes in 2013 were SPEEDING
We all know motorcycles are built for speed. They can accelerate faster than anything out there and they look killer. But the real killer is aggressive riding. You’re not invincible on a motorcycle and speeding only increases your chances of getting in a serious crash. The speed laws are there for your safety. So no matter what, ride at a speed that’s safe for conditions and within your own limits. Slow down and ride smart.
In 2014, 45% of MOTORCYCLISTS killed in Nevada were legally IMPAIRED by alcohol or drugs or both
When you mix riding with alcohol you can expect disastrous results. With stopping points often serving drinks and pressure to join the fun, it’s hard to take a stand against drinking and riding. But those two things don’t mix on the road. Lead the pack and keep the bikes away from the booze.
In 2013, an estimated 1,630 lives were saved in the United States by motorcycle helmets
Protective gear does a lot more than meets the eye. It makes the ride more comfortable, improves visibility and can ultimately save your life in a crash. Every rider and passenger should wear sturdy over-the-ankle footwear with non-slip soles, long pants, a full-length jacket, full-fingered gloves and, above all, a helmet that meets the DOT standards with proper eye protection. Don’t take any chances; wear all the gear, all the time.
Share the Road
Of all motor vehicles, motorcycles are the most vulnerable on the road. As such, whether you’re riding a motorbike or driving beside one, you need to be aware and alert. Give motorcyclists a full lane of travel and maintain at least three to four seconds of distance behind a motorcycle. Conversely, if you’re the rider, make sure you are visible, and use reflective decals when appropriate. Remain alert at all times and give yourself enough time to react should a situation become difficult. Participate in rider education programs when you can. Learn more about available classes at www.NevadaRider.com.
KNOW THE LAW
A MOTORCYCLE LICENSE IS REQUIRED
Before you can get riding on public streets, you must hold a valid motorcycle driver’s license. A class “M” license can be earned through successfully completing an approved motorcycle safety class (see NevadaRider.com for details) or through testing at the Department of Motor Vehicles.
GEAR UP! IT'S THE LAW
Whenever you ride, a DOT Compliant helmet with protective glasses, goggles or a face shield are required. Look for the DOT sticker on the outside and inside of your helmet. A good indicator if the helmet is DOT compliant is if the protective inner lining is approximately 1” thick.
LANE SPLITTING ISN'T ALLOWED
Lane splitting or filtering is not legal in Nevada. Riders cannot ride between moving or stationary vehicles occupying adjacent traffic lanes. Side by side motorcycle riding is allowed, but only when both parties consent.
YOU HAVE RIGHTS TO YOUR TRAFFIC LANE
Motorcyclists are entitled to the full use of their traffic lane. Other vehicle drivers may not squeeze in beside the rider in their lane.