Safety tips to prevent becoming a casualty of a motorcycle accident

This past winter, Kansas City residents were forced to endure some record cold temperatures. After months of frigid weather, many Missouri residents are taking full advantage of the warmer weather. Motorcycle enthusiasts are among those Missouri residents who are eager to dust off their bikes and hit the open road.

There are many dangers inherent to riding a motorcycle. With no metal frame or airbags to serve as a protectant or cushion, motorcyclists who are involved in a motor vehicle accident often suffer serious or fatal injuries. In fact the Missouri Department of Transportation reported that there were a total of 72 people killed in motorcycle accidents last year. Of these fatalities, 36 percent occurred during the months of June and August.

Many motorcycle accidents are caused by drivers who fail to see motorcycles. To help ensure motorcyclists in Missouri safely arrive at their desired destinations this summer, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation provides the following safety tips for motorcyclists.

  • Signal well in advance of making lane changes
  • Remain alert and aware of the whereabouts of other motor vehicles and remember that a motorist may not be able to see a motorcycle
  • Follow all traffic laws
  • Provide other motorists with ample space
  • Wear a helmet and protective and reflective clothing
  • Take a motorcycle safety class to learn about and develop skills related to driving in heavy traffic or inclement weather
  • Never drink and drive

In some cases, regardless of a motorcyclist's experience, a motorcycle accident may occur. Individuals who have been injured or who have had a loved one injured or killed in a motorcycle accident may choose to take legal action. A personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit can help in the recovery of compensation related to injuries, disability, lost wages and medical expenses.

Source: Fourtsateshomepage.com, "June the Deadliest Month for Motorcycle Accidents in Missouri," Melanie Huonker, June 6, 2014 Motorcycle Safety Foundation, "QUICK TIPS: General Guidelines For Riding A Motorcycle Safety," 2014

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