Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month Aims to Reduce the Recent Increase in Motorcycle Accidents in Missouri

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A motorcyclist suffered serious injury after he lost control of his bike on Interstate 29 earlier this month, according to The Kansas City Star.

The Platte County motorcycle accident happened when the motorcyclist was exiting Interstate 29 at Missouri Highway 92. His bike left the road and flipped just before midnight, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol. The injured rider was taken to North Kansas City Hospital for treatment.

Our Kansas City motorcycle accident attorneys urge all motorists to be safe when riding on Missouri roadways.

As beautiful weather fills the Missouri skies, motorcyclists will continue to take to Missouri’s byways this summer. Whether they’re dealing with oblivious drivers or poor road conditions, motorcyclists are the most at-risk motorists on the road. Motorcyclists are hoping to raise awareness as they, and other motorcycle advocates in Missouri, use the entire month of May to promote Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.
The theme of this month’s awareness campaign is “Share the Road” as it urges all motorists to be considerate of motorcyclist presence, according to Northwest MoInfo. While efforts are focused on educating motorists to actively recognize motorcyclists on the road, motorcyclists are encouraged to make themselves more visible to other drivers as well.

“An increase of interest in human factors, looking for ways to improve rider skills and influence attitudes toward risk and decision-making, may be the wisest path to safer riding,” said Tim Buche, President of Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that, per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists are nearly 40 percent more likely to die in a traffic accident than an occupant of a passenger vehicle.

There were nearly 5,300 motorcyclists killed in the United Sates in 2008. Another 96,000 were injured in the same year. These statistics show a 2 percent increase from the previous year, illustrating the need for motorcycle awareness now more than ever. In Missouri, more than 100 motorcycle riders lost their lives in traffic accidents in 2009.

Motorcyclists are encourage to complete the proper training before hitting the roadway to decrease risks for being involved in a traffic accident. There are more than 25 motorcycle training locations in Missouri.

If your or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident in St. Louis, Kansas City, Overland Park or any of the surrounding areas, contact the Kansas City Injury Lawyers of Horn Law to schedule a consultation as we can arrange for hospital, home, or other convenient meeting locations throughout Missouri and Kansas. Call 816-795-7500.