Reduce Motorcycle Crashes in St. Louis, Missouri
Posted on April 10th, 2012 by Zane Cagle
When spring arrives, motorcycles and motorcycle crashes increase in St. Louis, Missouri. During the winter, drivers become accustomed to not looking for motorcycles as weather in the greater St. Louis does not encourage motorcyclist. However, since there are over 4 million motorcyclists registered in the United States. The popularity of motorcycles is due to the low initial cost of a motorcycle, the fact that it is a pleasure vehicle and for some models, it provides good fuel efficiency. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, Motorcycle fatalities account for nearly 5 percent of all yearly highway fatalities, yet motorcycles represent only 2 percent of the all registered vehicles in the U.S.
One of the main reasons motorcyclists are killed in crashes is due to the low level of protection that is available while on a motorcycle. Approximately 80 percent of reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death—the comparable figure for automobiles is about 20 percent. An automobile has more weight and bulk than a motorcycle including door beams and a roof to provide some protection in a crash or roll over. As well, the size of the motorcycle makes it harder for other drivers to see. Motorcycles are more narrow and small when competing for space on highways and roads. Motorcyclists do have more agility, maneuverability, stopping time and ability to swerve quickly. Some safety tips offered by the NHTSA include:
- Motorcyclist should attend motorcycle rider-training courses to learn how to safely and skillfully operate a motorcycle.
- Motorcyclist must become aware of increased danger at intersections where most motorcycle-vehicle crashes occur
- Motorcyclist should not ride in a car’s “No Zone” or blind spot and motorcyclist must anticipate more of what may happen than car drivers such as drivers backing their paxil 20 mg tablet cars out of driveways.
- Motorcyclists must concentrate on their protective gear such as their helmet, eye protection and closing to increase rider comfort and with the goal to decrease severity of injuries should become involved in a crash.
A startling statistic is that an estimated 33 percent of motorcycle operators killed in traffic crashes are not licensed or are improperly licensed to operate a motorcycle. By not obtaining the proper licensing, individuals are bypassing the only method they and the state have to knowledge and skill needs to safely and skillfully operate a motorcycle. Operation of a motorcycle requires more skill and knowledge and coordination than driving an automobile. Below are links to motorcycle safety programs in many of the greater St. Louis area and Missouri. These sites include licensing information, courses and practice tests.
Departmentt of Motor Vehicles: https://local.dmv.org/missouri/saint-louis-county/saint-louis/local-motorcycle-safety-courses.php
Visit your local area motorcycle safety source and get geared up to ride your motorcycle safely this spring , summer and fall.
At The Cagle Law Firm, we see many motorcycle crash tragedies every year. It is always tragic when we meet a victim or the family of the victim especially if the crash was avoidable. Drivers of all motor vehicles must become aware of everyone on the road whether it is other trucks, cars, motorcycles or bicylces. If you or a loved one has been a motorcycle accident victim that involved serious injury or possibly a wrongful death, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney in order to determine all of your options. You may not need an attorney if your injuries are not serious. Contacting Zane T. Cagle of The Cagle Law Firm ensures you will get a free initial consultation at (314) 276-1681.