One of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents is other vehicles
failing to notice them, particularly when the other vehicles are making
a turn. Motorcyclists are also much more difficult for a car driver to
spot in dense traffic. Joplin Missouri motorcycle accident lawyers know
that drivers' attitudes towards bikers are also a factor in accidents.
Many drivers simply do not understand that motorcyclists have the same
rights on the roads as they do.
We wonder if any of these reasons was the cause of a motorcycle accident
south of Joplin MO that sent two riders to the hospital on September 10th,
when a pickup truck turned into their path.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Carl Hayes, 63, of Sulphur
Springs, Ark., was heading south on Missouri 43, two miles south of Joplin
on his 2008 Harley. Wilma Hayes, 67, was on the bike behind him. Lewis
Cheek, 51, of Joplin, was heading eastbound, but failed to yield at an
intersection and pulled directly into the path of the bike.
As is so often the case when motorcycles are in collisions with either
cars or trucks, the bike was totaled, but damage to Lewis's 1995 Chevy
pickup was minimal. Both Carl and Wilma Hayes were taken by ambulance
Freeman West Hospital, Carl with minor injuries and Wilma with moderate injuries. Fortunately,
both motorcycle riders were wearing their safety helmets.
What can be done to protect motorcycle riders from accidents, other than
wearing the appropriate recommended safety gear?
• Motorcyclists are advised to take refresher courses to continue
to enhance their driving skills.
• Over reliance on using the rear brake instead of swerving contributes
to motorcycle accidents, regardless of who was at fault.
• Anyone who wants to get on Missouri's highways on a bike should
continue to learn how to practice defensive driving.
• Bikers should always obey all the same laws as other drivers, particularly
the speed limits.
If you are involved in a Joplin Missouri motorcycle accident that was caused
by the negligence of another driver, you may be able to seek compensation
for your injuries. Whether or not you need legal assistance will depend
on the severity of the crash, and your injuries. However, you have nothing
to lose by having a motorcycle accident lawyer take a look at your case.
Our advice to anyone who has been injured in a motorcycle accident is not
to sign any papers, give any recorded statements, or accept any initial
settlements without finding out what your claim is worth. It might not
be possible to immediately gauge the extent of your injuries, particularly
if head trauma, spine or brain injury is involved. If an insurance company
offers you a settlement before you understand the severity of your condition,
you may be limiting or losing any chance to claim further damages by accepting it.
When in doubt, always consult an attorney. Did you know that Joplin motorcycle
accident lawyers offer a free initial consultation to assess your claim?
The peace of mind you might receive by finding out your legal options
could be a huge help in the aftermath of a serious accident.
If you have been injured in a Joplin motorcycle accident, call the law
offices of Aaron Sachs and Associates today, toll free. There is never
any pressure or obligation--instead, we will give you the straight answers you need.