As summer gets underway, more Missouri motorcyclists are taking to the roadways, increasing the chance for an accident. Fatal motor vehicle crashes have been declining over the years while fatalities from motorcycle accidents have reportedly doubled between the years of 1999 and 2008. Transit officials and riders believe that riding does not have to be so dangerous, however. Missouri riders might be interested in the following motorcycle safety suggestions.
According to one Harley Davidson dealership owner, many motorcyclists do not learn to ride properly and safely in the first place. There are many dealerships and private motorcycle schools that offer lessons, and some lessons are even taught by motorcycle-mounted police.
Perhaps the simplest safety measure is wearing a helmet. A DOT-approved helmet can reduce the chance of dying in an accident by 40 percent. Riders of all ages in Missouri are required to wear a DOT-approved helmet.
Lastly, automobile drivers can improve safety for motorcyclists by paying attention to the road. Motorcyclists are more easily overlooked on the road, and with the rise in distracted driving, they are more at risk than ever.
Motorcyclists who have been injured due to another person’s distracted or reckless driving may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. In addition, they may be able to collect damages for their motorcycle if it was damaged in an accident. A personal injury attorney may be able to answer questions about the process of collecting damages. Most cases begin with a review to see if a settlement is warranted. The attorney might then help prepare and file a lawsuit. Lastly, the suit may be heard in civil court, and a judge will determine whether to award damages. If a settlement is awarded, the attorney might be able to negotiate for the best possible amount.
Source: KSHB, “How to stay safe on a motorcycle,” Garrett Haake, June 13, 2013