Posted on April 15th, 2011 by Zane Cagle
Spring and summer weather brings out more and more motorcyclist. Drivers of all kinds of automobiles have to make a shift in awareness after the winter months of not having motorcyclist on the road. This attorney as blogged frequently about the hazards and dangers of not being aware of motorcyclists on Missouri and Illinois roadways. Motorcyclist must be aware that other drivers are generally looking for them and wear reflective clothing to enhance their visibility. As well, motorcyclist must use caution when in close proximity of other vehicles as not to travel too close or get caught in the driver’s “blind spot”. Operating your motorcycle at a safe speed in order to successfully negotiate road maneuvers is essential. And, of course, drivers should refrain from drug and alcohol use when operating a motorcycle to avoid being involved in a motorcycle accident.
Reports and studies are done frequently on motorcycle safety and all studies recommend motorcycle driving training sessions. Connections to find a location near you can be found by clicking here.
In a summary of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s report “Fatal Single Vehicle Motorcycle Crashes”, single vehicle motorcycle crashes account for around 45% of all motorcycle fatalities. More than 38,000 motorcyclists have died in single vehicle crashes between 1975 and 1999. According to the report, from 1990 to 1999, there were a total of 11,038 fatal single vehicle motorcycle crashes and an estimated 294,000 non-fatal single vehicle motorcycle crashes. There were a number of report conclusions:
- Helmet use among fatally injured motorcyclist below 50 percent
- More motorcyclist fatalities are occurring on rural roads
- High blood alcohol levels are a major problem among motorcycle operators
- Half of a the fatalities are related to negotiating a curve prior to the crash
- Over 80 percent of the fatalities occurred off roadway
- Undivided roadways account for a majority of the fatalities
- Almost 2/3 of the fatalities were associated with speeding as an operator contributing factor in the crash
- Almost 60% of motorcycles fatalities occur at night
- Collision with a fixed object is a significant factor in over half of the fatalities
- Braking and steer maneuvers possibly contribute for almost 25 % of fatalities
- More riders age 40 and over are getting killed
- Almost 1/3 of the fatally injured operators did not have a proper license.
If you are a victim in a motorcycle accident of any kind it is important to consult a personal injury attorney. Often times, motorcyclists are involved in crashes with other automobiles and consulting a personal injury attorney can determine if you in fact have a personal injury case. If you have lost a loved one due to a motorcycle accident or auto accident, you may have a wrongful death claim. Consulting a personal injury attorney that is an expert in Missouri and Illinois law is important if you are injured in Missouri or Illinois. An experienced attorney such as Zane T. Cagle of The Cagle Law Firm can examine all aspects of your case, assist you in recovering medical bills and possibly lost wages. Contact 1(314) 276-1681 for your free consultation today!