Because of many different factors, such as the inattention of other drivers and road conditions that are not optimal for motorcycle travel, motorcyclists are at significantly higher risk of injury than are drivers of other motor vehicles. In fact, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that operators of motorcycles are as much as thirty-five times more likely to experience accidents involving fatalities than are operators of passenger vehicles.
The Lake of the Ozarks has experienced its fair share of biking accidents in 2015, with the most recent incident happening in Miller County on the evening of Wednesday, October 7th. Shortly before 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, a vehicle passed a motorcycle that was being ridden near the intersection of Highway 87 and Abbot Road, allegedly forcing it off of the roadway. One of the bike’s two passengers, a 45-year-old woman from Olean, sustained injuries and was transported from the scene to Capital Region Hospital in Jefferson City. Thankfully, her injuries were not considered to be life-threatening by the attending medical staff.
While it is impossible to completely remove the risk associated with riding, there are some safety guidelines that can be followed to minimize the chance of having an accident. The number one recommendation made by MODOT (the Missouri Department of Transportation) is for motorcycle operators to wear helmets; doing so dramatically decreases the likelihood of head injury occurring. Also, each motorcycle rider requires a full lane of the roadway to operate safely; MODOT advises against sharing lanes at any time.
More information about motorcycle-involved traffic accidents, motorcycle safety, and motorcycle injury accident representation by the law offices of Price & Randle can be found at the following website: