St. Louis Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Remind Motorists May is Safety Month

St. Louis Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Remind Motorists May is Safety Month

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is working to get motorcyclists and motorists to share the road safely. They’re pushing this message hard through the month of May as it’s Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

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According to Chris Lubber, spokesman with the Department, motorists need to keep a watchful eye out for motorcyclists — especially as the weather warms up and more of our two-wheeled friends take to the road.

“Remember to just be cautious and mindful of them and give them plenty of room; whether you’re behind them, passing them or they’re passing you,” said Lubber.

Our St. Louis motorcycle accident lawyers understand that one of the biggest concerns for a motorcyclist should be a driver’s blind spots. It’s important that motorcycles stay out of these areas as this is where they can be lost from a driver’s sight. It’s important that we make our presence known as riders as we’re oftentimes overlooked. Motorcyclists have a right to the road and those rights to be respected.

Motorcycle accidents are most likely to happen between April and October, according to Missouri Net. And that time is now, so it’s time to start paying more attention out there.

The best way to survive a crash is to prevent it from happening in the first place by following driving laws and practicing safe-driving habits. Enroll in a motorcycle class to help refresh your safe riding techniques. These classes are for riders of all levels — both veterans and new riders. You can never be too safe.

According to the latest statistics, 99 percent of the people who were killed in motorcycle-related accidents in 2011 were the motorcycle riders — not the passengers of the other vehicle.

In addition to being on the lookout for dangerous drivers, motorcyclists can improve the survivability of an accident by wearing a helmet. Under Missouri state law, you’re required to wear one that is compliant with DOT regulations. When you’re wearing a helmet, you are about 40 percent more likely to survive an accident.

We’re asking motorists to stay visible out there, too. Always wear protective gear, wear clothing that is light and bright in color and travel predictably. Making your presence known is a good way to help to reduce your risks of an accident.

Another good idea to help you to stay safe out there is to enroll yourself in a safe rider class. You can never be too old or too good of a rider to freshen up on your riding skills. You can easily find a class by visiting the Missouri Motorcycle Safety Program website. There are close to 30 locations throughout the state.

In 2012, close to 20 of the 100 motorcyclist deaths in Missouri occurred in the Month of May. It’s the launch of the summer travel season and our roadways will be as packed as ever. Keep safety as a top concern and keep yourself alive out there.

More Blog Entries:

St. Louis Motorcycle Accident Kills 2 Vacationers, St. Louis Injury Lawyer Blog, July 12, 2012

Motorcycle Safety Awareness month meant to reduce motorcycle accidents in St. Louis, St. Louis Injury Lawyer Blog, May 10, 2011

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