Missouri Motorcycle Deaths While On the Road

Driving a motorcycle can be an exhilarating experience that often appeals to thrill-seekers and motorcycle enthusiasts who enjoy sharing a sense of camaraderie. However, traveling on an open road at high speeds on a two-wheeled vehicle weighing less than 200 pounds can also be highly dangerous. According to a study completed by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA), the number of fatalities due to motorcycle accidents increased by 9% in 2012. The study suggests that one contributing factor to this increase in fatalities could be the unseasonably high temperatures in 2012. The study states that in 2012, Missouri experienced an “extremely mild weather in late winter and early spring,” prolonging the riding season and causing more motorcycle accidents resulting in deaths. As an experienced St. Louis motorcycle accident law firm, we understand the importance of utilizing certain safety measures to help prevent motorcycle fatalities for both drivers and passengers.

Motorcycle Passenger Dies in Fatal Accident on Local Missouri Highway

Last week it was reported that a Farmington man, accompanied by a 33-year-old female passenger, was driving his Harley Davidson when he lost control of the motorcycle because the rear tire blew out. After the motorcycle ran off the side of the roadway, both the driver and passenger were ejected. They were subsequently hospitalized but unfortunately the passenger died and the driver suffered serious injuries. The accident is still under investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Remaining Safe Behind the Wheel of a Motorcycle

Although many factors can contribute to the likelihood of being in a motorcycle accident, one of the main reasons why they can be so fatal is because the motorcycle does not provide adequate protection in a collision. Compared to a vehicle that has four wheels, doors, seatbelts and air bag features, a motorcycle is much more susceptible to danger while on the road. However, if proper safety precautions are taken while riding a motorcycle, the characteristics that make them prone to accidents can be offset by their maneuverability and agility. The following tips can help ensure that you are safe as a motorcyclist on the road:

·      When purchasing a motorcycle, make sure that it is comfortable and is functional for your riding needs;

·      Read the motorcycle’s owner’s manual thoroughly and make sure you know where all of the important controls are located;

·      Attend a motorcycle-rider training course to learn how to operate your motorcycle safely and skillfully;

·      Wear adequate protective gear such as a helmet, shoes, gloves, eyewear and clothing;

·      Drive defensively by being alert in intersections, checking rear-view mirrors often, being aware of road conditions and by positioning yourself to always be seen by other drivers on the road;

·      Be courteous to other drivers by obeying traffic laws, using signs when appropriate, following the speed limit and by avoiding tailgating; and

·      Refrain from drinking alcohol and riding your motorcycle.

Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a serious or even fatal motorcycle accident, please contact one of our experienced St. Louis motorcycle accident attorneys today.

~Joseph D. Klenofsky  |  St. Louis Personal Injury Attorney
The Klenofsky Law Firm, LLC
1717 Park Avenue

St. Louis, MO 63104

Tel. 314-932-5790

Fax. 314-932-5792

E-Mail: jk@MissouriInjuryHelp.com

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