St. Louis Motorcycle Accidents Continue Through Winter

St. Louis Motorcycle Accidents Continue Through Winter

With the mild winter weather we’ve seen here in Missouri, motorcycle season never really ended. The rising gas prices are also helping to fuel this mode of transportation for penny-pinching residents. If you buy a motorcycle, or you already own one, remember to keep safety and state law as a number one priority. It’s your best way to stay out of a potentially fatal accident.

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According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, motorcyclist fatalities account for about 10 percent of all traffic fatalities we see here in Missouri. Our St. Louis motorcycle accident attorneysunderstand that these vehicles make up less that 3 percent of all registered vehicles in the state, and yet are involved in an outsized portion of traffic collisions. One of the main reasons for these fatalities is that motorcyclists aren’t very well protected in the event of an accident. Their rates for injury and death are much higher than those of someone in a passenger vehicle.

Remember that motorcyclists are required to abide by the same traffic laws as everyone else. Therefore, they should be treated just like every other motorist. Yet the biggest risk to motorcycle riders in other motorists on the road. For their own protection, motorcyclists should wear protective headgear. Your best bet is to wear headgear that meets reasonable standards and specifications. Helmets are your best way to reduce the risks of head injuries and death in the event of an accident.

Drivers should also be worried about the safety of these motorists. Many of these accidents are caused by passenger car driver inattention. Consider the following safety tips to help to keep our motorcyclists alive.

Stay Safe When Driving Near Motorcycles:

-Drivers should always be actively looking to motorcyclists.

-Remember that motorcycles can look farther away than they actually are because of their small size.

-Motorcycles can look like they’re traveling faster than they actually are.

-Beware of your blind spots. Motorcyclists can easily get lost in these areas. Check these spots before changing lanes.

-Remember that motorcycle’s turn signals aren’t always self-canceling. So, pay attention, the motorcycle may not be turning.

-Know that motorcyclists are often shifting their position in lanes to be better seen and to avoid road debris, potholes and bumps in the road. This is why you should never share a lane with a motorcyclist — and don’t assume they’re being reckless.

-It takes a motorcyclist much longer to stop on slippery roadways. Never follow too closely and do not cut them off. Remember to allow more distance behind a motorcycle in slick road conditions.

The same rules apply when talking about mini cycles and scooters. It is important for these drivers to remember that motorized bicycles and scooters have been advertised as toys, but unless you have a driver’s license, they are illegal to operate on public streets and highways.

Whether you’re riding a motorcycle, a scooter or a motorized bicycle, you’re urged to make yourself as visible as possible. Make your movements in traffic known and make sure that motorists see you to help to reduce your risks of being involved in an accident.

More Blog Entries:

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

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

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