For far too long a stigma has been attached to motorcycle accidents. This stigma is breed through misinformation forced upon the American public by large insurance corporations. Insurance corporations are all too happy to collect liability insurance premiums from motorcycle drivers, but they count on the public’s prejudice towards motorcyclists to deny liability claims in an effort to make money at the cost of community safety.
Motorcycle drivers have the right of protection from negligent drivers, as does anyone operating a car, truck, or other motor vehicle legally on public roadways. In the same regard, motorcycle drivers have a duty to drive in a safe and careful manner in order to not unnecessarily risk the safety of other drivers. The United States and Missouri law legally allow motorcycle drivers to operate their vehicles on our roadways and enjoy the protection of our safety rules.
The motoring public will often see motorcyclists moving back and forth in a lane. To the uneducated non motorcyclist, this appears to be a form of racing or dangerous driving. However, this is maneuver is taught in all motorcycle training courses as a way to increase a riders visibility (conspicuity) to other drivers. Driver’s tend to miss motorcyclists while driving because they are typically looking for the outlines of traditional cars and trucks. This simple technique helps to alert other drivers to the presence of motorcyclists nearby and prevent crashes.
In addition to the duty of the driving public to respect the rights of motorcyclists, motorcyclists should take the following safety measures to prevent injury:
- Always wear a helmet. In the State of Missouri, this is mandated by State law.
- Always wear protective gloves, vests, jackets, pants and boots.
- Goggles and/or a helmet visor will help prevent insects, debris and other material from distracting motorcyclists while riding.
- Ear plugs will protect motorcyclists from hearing damage.
- Always undertake training and be familiar with your bike.
Why Hire a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2010 approximately 3,615 motorcyclists lost their lives in motorcycle crashes. If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash or a loved one has lost their life as a result of a negligent driver, it is extremely important to have an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer on your side. This is extremely important due to individuals in the community who have strong prejudices against motorcycle drivers. A Missouri or St. Louis motorcycle accident attorney will fight to gather all evidence and present your case in manner which explains to the jury the equal rights of motorcycle drivers. If a motorcyclist is injured as the result of a negligent car or truck driver, they are entitled to reimbursement for all of their harms and losses.
Christopher Dixon has obtained successful results in numerous motorcycle crash cases, both through settlements and jury trials. Contact Missouri motorcycle accident lawyer Chris Dixon to discuss your right of reimbursement following a motorcycle crash. Call 314-409-7060 or toll-free at 855-40-CRASH.