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Posted on February 28th, 2011,
by Zane Cagle

Warmer Weather Brings Out the Motorcycles in St. Louis, Missouri

Posted on February 28th, 2011 by Zane Cagle

As the weather has rolled out some unseasonably warm days, one may notice more and more motorcycles on the interstates and highways. A recent study produced by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety, the number of motorcycle fatalities continues to rise every year. Motorcycle riders account for 11 percent of the total 2006 traffic crash fatalities. The sheer number of motorcycles purchased in the last few years has increased with over 1.1 million sold in 2006. Motorcycle rider fatalities rose 115 percent between 1997 and 2005 while at the same time, the fatality numbers for passenger cars dropped.

Motorcycle Crash Facts:

  • Motorcycles are the most dangerous type of motor vehicle to drive. Motorcycles are involved in fatal crashes at a rate of 35.0 per 100 million miles of travel, compared with a rate of 1.7 per 100 million miles of travel for passenger cars.
  • Motorcyclists were 35 more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash in 2006 and 8 times more likely to be injured.
  • Although motorcycles account for only 2% of vehicles on the road, they make up more than 10% of all crashes
  • Motorcycles account for nearly 3% of all registered motor vehicles and 0.4 of vehicle miles traveled in 2006
  • Motorcycle fatalities have more than doubled in 10 years to 4,810 in 2006. Helmets saved the lives of 1,658 motorcyclists in 2005 and could have saved an additional 752 lives if all rides had worn helmets compliant with federal safety standards.
  • Some 104,000 motorcycles were involved in crashes in 2006, including property damage only crashes
  • Approximately 80% of motorcycle crashes injure or kill a motorcycle rider while only 20% of passenger car crashes injure or kill a driver or passenger in their vehicle
  • In 2006, 37% of all motorcyclist involved in fatal crashes were speeding, compared to 23% of passenger car drivers, 19% for light-truck drives, and 8% for large truck drivers.

What can you do to decrease motorcycle accidents?

Take a motorcycle safety course before operating your motorcycle

Wear reflective clothing and use the light lamps on your motorcycle

Never speed.

Wear a compliant helmet.

Comply with all safety recommendations during your motorcycle safety course.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a motorcycle accident, it is important to contact an expert attorney in the area of motorcycle accidents. Zane T. Cagle of The Cagle Law Firm has represented many motorcycle victims and is knowledgeable about the particular law affecting Missouri and Illinois motorcyclist. Call 1(314) 276-1681 for your free consultation today.