Spring seems to be southeast Missouri's favorite season. With the return of balmy weather, everyone is hitting the roads, including avid Cape Girardeau motorcyclists whose treasured bikes have been in the garage all winter long. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents seem to be the unavoidable result. But are they really unavoidable?
Cape Girardeau personal injury lawyers remind everyone that motorcyclists are much more vulnerable on the roads than car and truck drivers, whether wearing a helmet or not. Jackson, Delta, Kennett, Farmington and all southeastern Missouri residents want to keep their loved ones as safe as possible on the roads this spring season.
According to the Hurt Study:
"The failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic is the predominating cause of motorcycle accidents. The driver of the other vehicle involved in collision with the motorcycle did not see the motorcycle before the collision, or did not see the motorcycle until too late to avoid the collision."
What can you do to help?
Here are some ways to drive more safely and avoid Cape Girardeau motorcycle accidents this year:
1. Always look left-right-left before pulling out of a driveway or making a turn, to spot any motorcycles near you.
2. Motorcycle accidents frequently happen because bikers slow down by downshifting, so there is no brake light to indicate they are slowing. Be aware when following a motorcycle and stay 3-4 seconds behind.
3. Never share a lane with a motorcycle, even if it is driving in the very far side of the lane and there is plenty of room. This is illegal!
4. Motorcycles are more susceptible to bad weather and high winds, so use extra caution under those type of circumstances.
Cape Girardeau Motorcycle accidents can be avoided if we all make consideration for others and safe driving our priority.
The motorcycle accident attorneys at Aaron Sachs know that wearing helmets saves lives and prevents tragic injuries in case of an accident. They urge the Missouri State Legislature and Governor Nixon to keep the decades old helmet laws in place for the sake of all Missouri citizens.
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