Stunt Motorcyclists to Descend Upon St. Louis This Saturday
Posted on September 14th, 2012 by Zane Cagle
If you plan to be travelling on St. Louis-area interstates this weekend, be on the look out for stunt motorcyclists traveling in the area. An area stunt motorcyclist club is planning a “Ride of the Century” event on social media for this Saturday, September 15, according to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Last year, a similar ride was held in St. Louis, with motorcyclists racing between vehicles and driving into oncoming traffic. Two riders were killed and one lost a leg at last year’s event. Police were caught unaware last year, but plan to be out in force this weekend. St. Louis City and County Police, St. Charles Police, St. Charles Sheriff, Missouri Highway Patrol, Illinois Highway Patrol, and the Missouri Department of Transportation all plan to work together to prevent things from getting out of control. Motorists are encouraged to call *55 for the Highway Patrol or 911 if they see illegal activity.
Stunts such as the ones performed can be very exciting, when they are done in a controlled environment by professional riders. However, when amateurs ride on the street with unsuspecting vehciles it can get very dangerous for all. No matter how well a motorcyclist has trained to perform a given trick, another auto driver may panic or simply not see their speeding vehicle and crash right into them. This is why it is extremely important to do these stunts in an area where as many variables as possible are controlled such as in an areana or supervised area. All it takes is one inattentive driver or an unseen crack in the road to have serious, fatal consequences.
At The Cagle Law Firm, we like to have a good time and want to encourage people to do what they love, but do so within reason. From past articles, it seem that these stunt rider may have thrust unsuspecting drivers into the middle of stunt videos when other drivers are just trying to go about their daily routine. If someone is going to be an extra in a stunt show, they should be willing participants. Hopefully, this years stunt motorcycle weekend will be more of safe event than last year. Accidents happen, and they should try to be prevented, not encouraged through irresponsibility.
As a Missouri motorcycle accident attorney, I know the dangers of riding a motorcycle, even when every precaution is taken. Stunt riding on public streets seems just downright irresponsible. I would encourage these riders to have a good time, but be safe out there and do so in a supervised, controlled area. And “being safe” includes not standing on a motorcycle while it’s going 80 miles per hour. The Missouri personal injury attorneys of The Cagle Law Firm encourage everyone to be safe this weekend whether on a motorcycle or in a car. If you have been hurt in Missouri, Illinois, or Kentucky, however, call Zane T. Cagle 1.800.685.3302 today for a free consultation.