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Vehicle drivers put bikers at risk

The warm weather is back and for many people in Missouri that means so too is the time when they can happily hop on their motorcycles and enjoy riding along in the open air. To get this season started, May was actually National Motorcycle Safety Awareness month which seems to have been perfectly timed. This month is designed to make bikers more aware of how to ride safely but it is also designed to increase awareness of motorcycles on the road among drivers of other vehicles.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation indicates that it is not actually reckless riding but car and other vehicle drivers who get in the way of a biker's right of way that is responsible for most motorcycle accidents. According to the National Safety Council, as many as 40 percent of motorcycle wrecks happen when the biker is proceeding straight through an intersection but another vehicle turns left right in front of them.

How well National Motorcycle Safety Awareness month worked in Missouri may be a question that some people have today upon learning that one man on a motorized scooter and four bikers all died in accidents during that month. The scooter rider was 76 years old and was hit by the driver of a vehicle that chose to turn into a parking lot in front of the man on the scooter.

A 41-year-old man was struck and killed by a passenger sedan while another rider who was only 21 years old died after a truck turned in front of him, forcing him into the side of the truck. Another 21-year-old collided with an SUV and the fourth rider's bike went off the road.


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