A 24-year-old Reno motorcyclist collided with an SUV just before 3 p.m. on S. Virginia Street in Reno near the Tamarack Junction Casino on Thursday Jan. 30.
Witnesses reported seeing Anthony Barrera, the motorcyclist, allegedly going at a high rate of speed just before the crash, according to news reports. The rider was southbound on S. Virginia and the SUV was making a left turn to go northbound when the crash occurred.
The female driver of the SUV was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Authorities closed the northbound lanes of S. Virginia Street for about two hours, opening them by 5:30 p.m.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety stated that in 2017, the number of motorcycle deaths, per miles traveled, was nearly 27 times that of passenger vehicle occupants.
Motorcycle crashes killed nearly 5,000 riders in 2018. In the early 1980s, motorcycle deaths had been declining. They began to increase again in 1998 and continued in that direction for at least 10 years. In 2018, motorcycle deaths accounted for 14 percent of all vehicle crash deaths. That is more than double the number of deaths in 1997.
In 2018, multiple vehicle accidents accounted for most of the deaths at 63 percent.
Certain states are deemed more dangerous than others for motorcycle riders, according to a study outsourced by RideApart using 2017 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Highway Administration.
Mississippi ranked No. 1 with 40 fatalities for over 28,000 registered motorcycles in the state. The safest state was found to be Montana with 306,655 registered motorcycles and 23 deaths. Nevada ranked No. 14 with 76,000 registered motorcycles and 54 deaths.