Motorcycle riders from the Bootheel and all over Southeast Missouri headed
west recently in the hopes of raising awareness and decreasing the number
of motorcycle accidents in in Southeast Missouri and elsewhere in the
state this summer. More than 500 riders from all over Missouri came out
for this year's event. A 70-mile ride, beginning and ending in Springfield,
took riders through the towns of Nixa, Willard and Republic to help raise
awareness of motorcyclists on our roadways.
Our Cape Giradeau motorcycle accident lawyers urge motorists to consider
everyone traveling on our roadways as motorcyclists often get overlooked
by other motorists. The riding event is held every year in the spring
as that is the time when motorist can expect to begin to see more motorcycles
on the road. Motorcycle accidents with cars typically result in serious
or fatal injuries to the rider. More than half the time the driver of
the passenger vehicle is at fault.
The theme of this year's ride was "Can You See Me Now?" The
riders organized and titled this event after there were more than 2,000
accidents involving motorcyclists in Missouri in 2010. Nearly 100 of those
accidents were deadly, according to
American Motorcyclist Association (AMA).
A four-year, $3 million study being sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration
(FHWA), aims to look deeper into the causes of motorcycle crashes. Oklahoma
State University, through the Oklahoma Transportation Center in Stillwater,
Oklahoma, is conducting the survey. It is the first major study into the
main causes of motorcycle accidents since 1981, according to BikeWorld.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation offers tips that every driver know about
-Motorcyclists, often times, seem to be traveling faster than they actually
are. This can be credited to the small size of their vehicle. Truth is,
they're probably not. Don't assume that all motorcyclists are
-Motorcyclists often slow down by downshifting instead of hitting the brakes.
Downshifting does not activate a brake light. For this reason, drivers
should allow more distance between them and a motorcycle when following
behind in traffic.
-Be aware of motorcyclists in your blind spots. Because of their small
size, they can often get lost in your line of vision. Be sure to be extra
cautious of motorcyclists when changing lanes and at intersections.
-Because of their small size, motorcycles often appear to be farther away
than they actually are. This can also make it difficult to judge their
speed. Always assume that a motorcycle is closer than it appears to be.
-When a motorcycle is in motion, don't think of it as a motorcycle,
view it as a person.
-The stopping distance is just about the same for motorcycles as it is
for cars. Difference is, they can't stop on slippery roads as easily,
as sliding is common for them. Follow at a safe distance as they can't
stop as easily as you may be able to.
-While motorcycles have excellent maneuvering abilities, they often adjust
their position in lanes to avoid debris and wind from passing vehicles.
Understand that these drivers are zigzagging for a purpose and not to
-Remember that turn signals on motorcycles are not self-canceling like
those on most motor vehicles. Sometimes they may forget to turn them off.
Make sure their signal is for real when traveling near these riders.
-Don't ignore them -- and don't crowd them. Practice extra caution,
especially at intersections and when changing lanes.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a Missouri motorcycle accident, call the
Jackson Injury Lawyers at Aaron Sachs & Associates for a free initial consultation to discuss
your rights. Call (573) 334-7959. Attorney meetings by appointment only.
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