Spring is here, and many Cape Girardeau motorcyclists are now back on the
road, taking advantage of the warm temperatures. Sadly, at this time of
year, Missouri law enforcement officials and emergency rooms consistently
report an increase in motorcycle-related injuries and fatalities. Within
a two-week period in late March,
five people were killed in motorcycle accidents in the St. Louis area.
Sadly, all too many springtime accidents involving motorcycles are completely
preventable.This spring, our auto accident lawyers want to remind drivers
in southeast Missouri to always look twice for motorcycles: after all,
many car/motorcycle collisions occur because drivers simply don't
realize motorcycles are traveling near them until it's too late. What's
more, motorcyclists are extremely vulnerable to serious, life-threatening
injuries when they're involved in accidents with larger vehicles.
In this post, we share a few tips to help drivers avoid these dangerous
Avoiding motorcycle accidents: Tips for Cape Girardeau drivers
- Think of any motorcycle in motion as a PERSON, not a vehicle. They have
much less protection than you do in your vehicle in the event of a traffic
accident: there's virtually nothing to shield riders from the force
of impact with another vehicle, or with the pavement.
- Remember, motorcyclists can be harder to spot than other kinds of vehicles.
Make it a habit to look left - right - left, especially when pulling out
of a driveway or making a turn.
- Keep an alert eye out for motorcycles when changing lanes or passing trucks:
a motorcycle can be masked by a larger vehicle or disappear into a blind spot.
- Often, motorcyclists don't use their brakes to slow down - and therefore,
there will be no telltale brake light to warn you. Keep a safe distance
- Motorcyclists frequently adjust position within a lane to be seen more
easily and to steer clear of road debris or passing cars. In other words,
they are not moving over to allow you to share their lane. Just like any
other vehicle, motorcycles are entitled to an entire lane.
This season, please stay alert and drive safe! Motorcycle accidents can
be prevented and lives can be saved, provided we each act responsibly
and drive with a bit more care.
Click here to read our recent post on safety tips for motorcyclists.
Want more motorcycle safety tips or information about motorcycle events
in our area?
Check out our blog, Ozarks on Two Wheels, for useful safety info, local event details and legal info.
At Aaron Sachs and Associates, our personal injury lawyers serve motorcycle
accident victims in Cape Girardeau and throughout southeastern Missouri.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident caused
by a careless or negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation
for your losses and damages. Our firm works on a contingent-fee basis,
and we offer a
free initial consultation to discuss your case. For more information, call us toll-free at 1-888-777-AUTO..
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