Like many motorcyclists, you may ride at any time of the year. However, as we at the law offices of McShane & Brady, LLC, understand, spring means an increase of two-wheeled vehicles on the roads. You and other Missouri bikers face hazards whenever you ride, particularly when it comes to other drivers.
Motorcycle crashes are especially serious. In 2017, 5,172 bikers and passengers across the country lost their lives in traffic accidents. This accounted for 14% of all fatal accidents that year. The National Safety Council and other organizations recognize the need for everyone to be aware of the dangers motorcyclists face. Therefore, May is Motorcycle Safety Month. It is to be hoped that this effort will raise awareness for everyone who drives, whether they are behind the wheel of a car or on two wheels.
You already know the risks you can expect whenever you are on the road. Poor weather, bad road conditions and the ease in which a motorcycle can veer out of control are only a few of these risks. Other drivers can significantly contribute to the danger. Those in trucks and passenger vehicles are often not accustomed to watching for motorcycles, especially when motorcycle season is just starting. They may also misjudge the speed at which a motorcycle is approaching and turn in front of them.
As our page on motorcycle accidents points out, bikers are often seriously injured or killed in crashes. You may be eligible for compensation if a negligent driver caused your accident.