St. Louis Motorcycle Accident Kills 2 Vacationers

St. Louis Motorcycle Accident Kills 2 Vacationers

A recent motorcycle accident in St. Louis took the life of two riders. The accident occurred near Big Bend Road and Interstate 44, according to STL Today.

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Both of the riders were on vacation from Michigan and were visiting family in the area. The motorcycle accident happened when the two were heading west on Big Bend and an elderly driver, who was heading eastbound, attempted to make a left turn. He reportedly turned right in front of them.

The elderly driver was not injured in the accident. Both motorcyclists were taken to a nearby hospital. They both passed away. According to Rick Eckhard, an officer with the St. Louis Police Department, the accident is being investigated by the city’s reconstruction team and there have not been any citations or charges issued.

Our St. Louis motorcycle accident lawyers understand that motorcyclists suffer most of the injury in the event of an accident with a passenger vehicle. Riders don’t have the same protection that you and I have in a passenger car. The only thing that can protect a rider is their helmet and their protective clothing. None of these items make any promises when helping these riders to survive a traffic collision. To help to better protect these riders, we’re asking drivers of all kinds to be on the lookout for our two-wheeled friends, especially during the summer travel season.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were nearly 4,500 motorcyclists who were killed in traffic accidents across the country in 2009. Many of these accidents could have been avoided if drivers were to just pay a little more attention behind the wheel. More and more people are traveling this year with the improving economy and lowering gas prices. With more travelers and more vehicle miles traveled, we’re expected to see an increase in the number of fatal accidents, especially among motorcyclists.

More than half of all motorcycle accidents involving another vehicle are the fault of the vehicle’s driver. The leading cause of such accidents is a driver failing to yield to and turning in front of an oncoming rider.

In the state of Missouri, there were nearly 100 motorcyclists killed in 2009. Of these fatalities, about 75 percent are said to have been helmeted at the time of the accident. The truth of the matter is that there isn’t much to protect you from the power and the force of the impact of a motor vehicle.

The good news is that we can all do our part to help to eliminate these accidents. It’s important that the drivers of passenger vehicles are aware of their surroundings. Never rely on the mirrors of your car. Always turn around and physically look at your blind spots before making any maneuver in traffic. Safe and alert driving habits can help to keep all travelers safe, not just motorcyclists.

More Blog Entries:

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

Fewer St. Louis car accidents but Missouri motorcycle accidents remain a summer concern, St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer Blog, July 16, 2010

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