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Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in Kansas City, Missouri

It’s no secret that having an accident while riding a motorcycle is far more dangerous than being in a car accident. More than 80% of all reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

According to government data, motorcycles make up only 3 percent of registered vehicles but accounted for 15% of all traffic fatalities in 2017. Fatalities among riders and passengers have more than doubled since 1997.

There are some things you can do to improve your safety while riding a bike. By far, the most important thing is to always wear a helmet.

Here is some information to help you pick the right helmet:

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According to the National Safety Council, here are other things you can do in addition to wearing a helmet.

  • According to the National Safety Council, here are other things you can do in addition to wearing a helmet.
  • Choose a bike that fits you; "supersport bikes" have driver death rates about four times that of cruisers or standard bikes, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
  • Invest in antilock brakes
  • New riders should take a motorcycle safety course, and experienced riders should take refresher courses after being off their bikes
    for a while
  • Know the rules of the road
  • Be aware that riding with a passenger requires considerably more skill
  • Never drink and ride
  • Drive defensively, especially at intersections, where half of
    all collisions occur
  • Watch for hazards like potholes, manhole covers, oil slicks, puddles, debris, railroad tracks, and gravel
  • Assume you are invisible to other motorists and position yourself
    to be seen
  • Use headlights day and night
  • Be courteous; don't weave in and out of lanes or ride on the shoulder or between lanes
  • Don't speed
  • Wear bright and/or reflective clothing that is durable and boots that cover the ankles
  • Wear goggles and glasses or use a face shield that is ventilated to prevent fogging, and make sure it's clear if riding at night

A case we handled several years ago shows the danger of motorcycle riding. Our client’s husband was a 72-year-old man who was on a large cruiser bike, had the headlight on, was wearing a helmet, and obeyed all of the traffic laws. A man driving a commercial vehicle decided to make a right turn from the middle lane of traffic and clipped the back of the bike. The man on the bike fell and landed on the street, dying of a brain hemorrhage a short time later. He did everything right and still lost his life. We were able to obtain for his widow a $3 million policy limits settlement for his tragic death.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident or if a loved one has died in an accident, we can help. Call us immediately for a free consultation.