May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and Castle Law Office wants to remind the community to #ShareTheRoad as we head into the 2019 riding season. In 2014, motorcycle accidents contributed to 88 deaths in Missouri and 46 deaths in Kansas. It is important that we listen to, and respect the advice of those who are most affected by these accidents as they often encourage riders to wear more protective gear and urge others to pay more attention when behind the wheel. We took a look at some of the most common causes of accidents to motorcycle riders, and shared some insight to help minimize the number of accidents to motorcyclists in our community.  

The three most common factors that contribute to motorcycle accidents in our nation are distracted driving, speeding, and intoxication. Fortunately, all of these can be avoided by practicing safe driving habits. Giving yourself more space on the road, following the law, and reducing the number of distractions can allow you to be more aware of your surroundings, and can increase the amount of time you have to react.  

Below are the statics on motorcycle crashes in Missouri and Kansas:

Kansas

Source: www.ksdot.org

Missouri

Source: www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov

Tips for Drivers:

  1. Stay alert
  2. Use your turn singles
  3. Give riders extra room
  4. Double check blind spots and surroundings before changing lanes
  5. Eliminate Distractions
  6. Follow the speed limit

Tips for Riders:

  1. Wear protective gear when riding
  2. Avoid aggressive driving
  3. Avoid blind spots
  4. Avoid poor weather and poor road condition
  5. Stay in comfort zone
  6. Obey the laws
  7. Avoid water, fresh paint, metal surfaces, and parking garages
  8. Take a motorcycle safety course
  9. Have motorcycle inspected

You may also want to check out our blog “Some of the Safest Motorcycles on the Road” if you are in the market for a motorcycle: https://www.castlelaw-kc.com/blog/castle-law-office-safe-motorcycles.cfm

Motorcycle accident cases are often complex and devastating. The attorneys at Castle Law Offices in Kansas City follow a no-nonsense approach. Castle Law takes pride in giving highly individualized, careful attention to each case they pursue. If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact Castle Law. We are Kansas City’s Motorcycle Accident Attorneys. To speak with an attorney and get the best settlement you will need for your medical bills now and future medical bills call us at 816-842-7100. You can also click here to email us. You’ll be glad you did. 

Jason C. Amerine
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