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Tips for Sharing the Road with Motorcycles in Kansas City

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Spring is here, and summer is around the corner.  It is motorcycle season inKansas City!  For all the joy we feel on the back of a bike, it doesn’t hurt to remind ourselves how vulnerable we are out there, sharing the road with cars and trucks.

It goes without saying that motorcycles and cars can be a deadly combination on the road. Thousands of bikers are killed and injured every year in accidents with cars.      A few sensible precautions can help prevent a tragedy.

Tips for Car Drivers

  • Allow extra room when driving behind a motorcycle.  Motorcyclists have a much shorter slowing and stopping distance than cars.  That is simple physics.  Also, even a slight collision from behind can have devastating results for the biker because two wheels are less stable than four, and the rider is entirely exposed, i.e. no bumpers or fenders to protect him;
  • During this season especially, check your blind spots before changing lanes, and then check them again! The number one reason for motorcycle crashes is a car changing lanes or turning into the motorcycle.
  • Before continuing into an intersection from a stop, check for oncoming traffic, and then check again!  Obviously, motorcycles are harder to see than cars.  But, as responsible drivers, it is our responsibility to see what is there to be seen;
  • Always use your turn signal so the motorcyclist (and anyone else, for that matter) can understand your intentions and respond accordingly.

Tips for Motorcyclists

  • WEAR A HELMET!  WEAR A HELMET!  WEAR A HELMET!  I don’t care what your state law says.  Wear a damn helmet!  I know you like that wind rushing through your hair.  But the #1 cause of death and serious injury in motorcycle crashes is head injuries.  Protect yourself.  Wear a helmet.
  • Ride like you’re invisible to other drivers.  While tooling down the road, have you ever looked a stopped driver dead in the eye; then watched as they pulled right out in front of you?  I hope it was just a near miss, because otherwise it was a disaster.  I know they should see you.  But, always assume they don’t.
  • Don’t ride between lines of slow cars and don’t linger beside them when you pass.  Remember, you’re invisible to them.

I’d love to hear your tips for keeping us all safer.  Have a safe motorcycle season.  If you need information on my personal injury services, call my office today at 913-281-3221 for a free confidential consultation.  For more than three decades I have helped accident victims throughoutKansas City receive fair compensation for their injuries.  I would be happy to provide you with personalized, superior legal representation.

Wearing a Motorcycle Helmet in Kansas City Will Save Your Life

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

 In many states across theU.S., motorcyclists must wear a helmet, and it makes perfect sense why.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, between 1984 and 2006, motorcycle helmets saved almost 20,000 bikers’ lives who were involved in accidents.  The NHTSA also provides that if all of these motorcyclists and their passengers had worn helmets during this time period, an additional 12,000 lives could have been saved.

In most cases, other drivers are to blame for causing serious motorcycle crashes, especially in high density areas in theUnited States.  Many times, drivers fail to notice motorcyclists in their vicinity and as a result, do not give them the space necessary for them to safety maneuver.  While motorcyclists cannot always avoid accidents, they unequivocally can take control of their safety by wearing a motorcycle helmet.

It goes without saying that motorcycle helmets offer the most effective form of protection, in that they can prevent serious head and brain injuries from occurring as a result of an accident. Understandably, motorcyclists involved in accidents are at a greater disadvantage than other drivers given that they have little to no defense from another vehicle that can weigh several thousand pounds.  At least a motorcycle helmet can cushion a motorcyclist’s head in the event that he or she strikes the pavement or other hard surface, such as a car, truck or guardrail.

The NHTSA has compiled some important statistics demonstrating the effectiveness of wearing a motorcycle helmet.  These are as follows:

  • Head injuries are the most common form of death for motorcyclists involved in accidents.
  • A biker who chooses not to wear a helmet is at a forty percent greater risk of suffering from a life threatening head trauma and fifteen percent more likely to suffer nonfatal injuries than a biker who wears a helmet during a crash.
  • Motorcyclists that wear a helmet have a 35% lesser chance of being killed in an accident.
  • Helmets are more than 65% effective in helping bikers avoid serious injuries to the head and brain.
  • Bikers that do not wear helmets have a much greater risk of suffering from serious and life threatening brain injuries.
  • In a major study analyzing 3,600 motorcycle accidents, helmets were the leading cause of why people survived.

If you were involved in any type of car, truck or motorcycle accident, it is crucial to speak with aKansas Citypersonal injury attorney to help protect your legal interests and fight for your rights.  At the Law Offices of Roger W. Mclean, our skilled accident lawyers have the knowledge and experience necessary to handle any case, no matter how challenging or complex.  When facing personal injuries, don’t take chances with attorneys who promise results but do not have the skills necessary to deliver them. Call our office today at (913) 281-3221 to schedule your free confidential case evaluation.