Sharing the Road with Motorcyclists in Missouri

With summer temperatures finally full speed ahead in the St. Louis area, more and more people are choosing their motorcycle as their preferable mode of transportation. And since colder temperatures dominate the majority of the year, it is no wonder that motorcycle enthusiasts use this time to take their bikes out as much as they can. Unfortunately, as seasoned St. Louis motorcycle accident attorneys, we know that more motorcyclists on the road can also mean an increased risk of motorcycle accidents. Although motorcyclists need to take certain precautions to make sure that they are safe while on the road, they do not share this responsibility alone. Other occupants of the road can also take certain safety precautions to ensure that they safely share the road with bikers and reduce the likelihood of an accident.

Safety Tips for Avoiding an Accident with a Motorcycle

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 2,404 people were injured in motorcycle accidents in 2012. Whether you are a pedestrian, bicyclist or motorist you can ensure that you take certain steps to reduce the risk of an accident or serious injury and keep St. Louis roads safe for motorcyclists as well as passengers in your own vehicle. When you are on the road, make sure to follow these steps:

·      When turning into an intersection or switching lanes, pay close attention to the vehicles around you. Always be wary of blind spots and double check to make sure there are no motorists in your path. Since motorcycles are smaller than standard automobiles this may require extra time but it is worth it.

·      Avoid sharing a lane with a motorcycle. Although it may seem like there is enough room for both vehicles, a motorcycle requires a full lane so that it can maneuver safely.

·      Avoid following a motorcycle too closely and allow extra stopping distance between you and the motorcycle. What typically may constitute a “fender bender” between two cars can be fatal when a motorcycle is involved.

·      After you spot a motorcycle on the road, assume that it is closer than it actually is and proceed with caution. Due to its smaller size, it’s often difficult to determine what speed the motorcycle is traveling at and exactly how far away it is.

·      Make sure you use your turn signal well before you are about to turn. This will inform motorcyclists of your intention to turn and allow them to be on notice.

·      Be extra careful and aware in danger zones and construction zones. Sometimes the reduction in lanes or a sudden emergence of traffic can be precarious for motorcyclists.

Contact a St. Louis Motorcycle Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a motorcycle accident in St. Louis, contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney right away. The disparity in size between a motorcycle and a vehicle can cause serious injuries to a motorcyclist who is the victim of a crash and can have long-term effects on their quality of life. A knowledgeable attorney can advise you of your rights and help you recover the compensation you deserve.

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

St. Louis, MO 63104

Tel. 314-932-5790

Fax. 314-932-5792