How to Avoid a Motorcycle Accident in St. Louis
Across the nation, accidents involving motorcycles are a public health concern. The same is true for St. Louis, Missouri, where fatalities and serious injuries involving motorcycle accidents occur. Missouri’s most recent statistics show that 86 fatal motorcycles crash occur annually.
Fortunately, motorcycle accidents are highly preventable. Below are some tips for avoiding a motorcycle accident.
Experience and Training
If you are a motorcyclist, it is critical to get sufficient instruction on how to operate a motorcycle. Common causes of motorcycle accidents include inexperienced motorcyclists on the road. Without the proper experience and understanding of motorcycle operation, it poses a risk to yourself and others on the road.
Whether you are a driver or a motorcyclist, it is important to exercise caution on the road.
As a general rule, be sure to stay at least a car length distance away from other vehicles. If you are a driver, for example, drive with the possibility in mind that a new motorcyclist may be operating the vehicle or that there could be a defect on the motorcycle. For example, a motorcycle tire rim could cause harm.
Move Out of the Way
It is important to move out of harm’s way if you see another motorist driving recklessly, such as speeding, erratically weaving in and out of traffic, or driving aggressively. If you are a motorcyclist and have a stalled vehicle, it is important to exercise caution and avoid harm to yourself and others on the road by pulling over and avoiding moving traffic. Importantly, if you see a stalled motorcycle on the road, it is critical to steer clear and keep your distance.
Wear a Helmet
Motorcyclists face the risk of becoming fatally injured on the road. Specifically, serious head injury is common. For these reasons wearing a helmet can prevent harm. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, helmets decrease the risk of motorcycle-related death by 37% and head injury by 69%.
It is important to take this precaution even though Missouri does not require helmet use by all motorcyclists. Missouri’s motorcycle helmet law gives those 26 years of age and older the choice of whether of opting into or out of wearing a helmet with proof of health insurance.
An experienced St. Louis motorcycle accident attorney with experience in personal injury law will explore and analyze the facts surrounding the accident. The unfortunate reality is that despite the best prevention efforts, motorcycle accidents can still occur. In such cases, it is critical to have a motorcycle accident by your side.
Reach a St. Louis Personal Injury Today
The dedicated personal injury attorneys at Bruntrager & Billings, P.C have the experience and skill required to obtain the compensation you deserve under state law. We are serious about zealously advocating for your legal rights and needs. Our attorneys possess extensive experience in St. Louis personal injury law and representing motorcycle accident victims. We have extensive knowledge and skills to represent your legal interests and help you obtain the just compensation that you deserve. Contact us today for a consultation at 314-646-0066.