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What dangers do other drivers pose to you?

Missouri motorcyclists are at a constant disadvantage while on the road. Not only are you less protected than the drivers of covered vehicles, but the small size of your motorcycle often makes it difficult for other drivers to spot you in the first place. 

The National Safety Council asks drivers if they ever think about motorcycles, due to the fact that motorcycle unawareness plays a large role in the dangers that cars possess to motorcyclists. It's stated that in the majority of accidents involving both motorcycles and covered vehicles, the driver of the vehicle is the one who has violated the right of way of the motorcyclist. This could be for many reasons, including not spotting the motorcycle, being unable to anticipate the motorcyclist's movements, and the motorcycle being blocked from view.

Motorcyclists like yourself may often try to alleviate the problems related to visibility by wearing bright colors, which can draw driver attention to you. Unfortunately, issues like a driver anticipating your movements incorrectly can't be fixed by reflective gear. Distracted driving can also be a huge danger to you, as a driver will have less reaction time when approaching a motorcycle and will thus have a lowered chance of avoiding crashing into you.

Though the gear you use and your level of skill can contribute to a safer drive, there's only so much you can do to protect yourself when you're up against a driver who simply isn't paying attention. If you have been involved in an accident for that reason, you may want to look at your legal options as your next step.

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