Every summer, Joplin motorcycle accident lawyers start receiving more calls
about motorcycle accident injury cases. On Wednesday, August 23, a Joplin
motorcyclist was killed in a two-vehicle accident on Missouri Highway
86, two miles south of Joplin.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol's report stated that the victim,
Edward E. Hoagland, 66, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident
by a Newton County deputy coroner. This accident was Troop D's 62nd
motor vehicle related fatality of 2011.
Hoagland was riding his 2005 Harley-Davidson heading west, when for some
reason he crossed the center line on a curve and crashed head on into
an oncoming 2001 Chevy driven by Kenny r. Tweedy, 43, of Seneca. Tweedy
was not injured in the accident, but his vehicle sustained moderate damage
and needed to be towed to a repair shop.
The Patrol did not release a lot of details about this fatal accident,
such as what caused Hoagland to cross the center line in such a dangerous
part of the highway.
Statistically speaking, motorcycles count for 2% of all registered motor
vehicles in the country. However, motorcyclist fatalities count for 5%
of all traffic fatalities each year. Unfortunately, the fatality rate
per miles traveled is a whopping 16 times higher than it is for occupants
of other vehicles that afford more protection. The injury rate for motorcyclists
is 4 times higher as well.
However, it is highly unlikely that these statistics, or any others, will
deter motorcycle riders. Most of them are extremely passionate about their
riding, and take great joy from it. So, since motorcycle riding is here
to stay, all we can do is keep urging bikers to do everything possible
to cut down on the danger: wear their helmets, never ride under the influence,
and continue to work on their riding skills by taking motorcycle trainings.
The Missouri Motorcycle Safety Program (MMSP) offers a list of motorcycle
trainings across Missouri on their website, including one in Joplin and
one in Neosho.
They also offer safety tips for Joplin Motorcyclists:
• Always wear your proper riding gear which includes a DOT approved
helmet, some kind of eye protection such as goggles or a face shield,
sturdy boots or shoes with non-skid soles, and long sleeves, gloves and
long heavy weight pants.
• Stay off the motorcycle if you have taken any drugs or alcohol.
This includes prescription drugs as well. Your most powerful defenses
on your bike are your judgment and reflexes--never ride when they are
impaired and your reaction time is slowed down.
• Slow down before heading into a curve. Look ahead through the curve;
then accelerate gently to create stability as you drive through the curve.
NEVER cross the center line!
Click here for more Missouri Motorcycle Safety Program tips.
As Joplin motorcycle accident lawyers, we know that one of the main causes
of motorcycle accidents is not being seen by other motorists. Because
your bike is so much smaller, other drivers frequently don't see you
when they are making a turn, until it is too late to avoid a collision.
If you have been injured in a Joplin or Neosho motorcycle accident, please
call us for a free, no obligation appointment to discuss your case.
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