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Missouri Motorcycle Accident

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Missouri motorcycle accidents are responsible for 10 percent of vehicle-related accidents and injuries, according to reports. Victims in a Missouri motorcycle crash may face high medical bills, time off work and loss of future wages as they recover from their Missouri motorcycle accident. Motorcycles are often involved in accidents because they are smaller and may be more difficult to see, putting motorcyclists at risk of serious injury.


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Missouri Motorcycle Accident Injury Statistics

Missouri Motorcycle Accident Injury StatisticsAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2007, 5,154 motorcyclists were killed and 103,000 were injured in the US. Eighty-four motorcycle fatalities occurred in Missouri. The Missouri Department of Transportation reports 85 deaths in motorcycle accidents in 2009. The Department of Transportation notes 99 percent of people who died in accidents involving motorcycles were the motorcyclist. Furthermore, 10 percent of Missouri traffic fatalities involved a motorcycle and half of motorcycle accidents involved another vehicle.

A 2004 study conducted in Europe found half of motorcycle accidents are caused by a primary error on the part of the driver of another vehicle, not the motorcyclist. The study, called "In Depth Study of Motorcycle Accidents," found 65 percent of the accidents involved failure on the part of the other driver to see the motorcycle. Thirty-seven percent of accidents studied were the result of error on the part of the motorcyclist.

Missouri Motorcycle Accident Law

By law, Missouri motorcycle riders must wear helmets regardless of their age. The Missouri helmet law covers all low-power cycles with an engine displacement of greater than 50cc, brake horsepower greater than 3 or that are capable of attaining speeds greater than 30 mph, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Negligence in Motorcycle Accidents

Missouri Motorcycle Accident NegligenceNegligence in motorcycle accidents takes a variety of forms. These include failure to stop at a light or stop sign, failure to yield to another vehicle, failure to yield to a pedestrian and driving while distracted (including talking on a cell phone).

Other drivers on the road may be negligent if they fail to notice an approaching motorcycle or if they misjudge the motorcycle's distance or speed.

Missouri uses the principle of pure comparative negligence when determining accident liability. This means that in the case of an accident, the injured party can recover damages for his injury even if he was 99 percent at fault for the accident. In this situation, however, the victim's awarded damages are reduced by the amount of fault he is responsible for. For example, if the injured party is 50 percent responsible for the accident, his award will be reduced by 50 percent.

Defective Motorcycle Parts

Defective Missouri MotorcycleDefective motorcycle parts can play a role in serious motorcycle accidents and can result in harm to the motorcycle's riders or other people on the road. Issues with motorcycles include faulty brakes, engine problems, tire blowouts and steering problems.

In the case of injuries caused by motorcycle defects, the injured party may be able to sue the maker of the defective part, the motorcycle manufacturer and the companies or individuals responsible for repair and maintenance of the vehicle.

Driving While Intoxicated/Driving Under the Influence

In Missouri, it is illegal for drivers to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of.08 or higher. In Missouri, Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is the same as Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). Missouri Motorcycle DUIThe DWI includes alcohol and/or drugs. It is illegal for drivers in Missouri to operate a vehicle with any amount of a controlled substance (such as marijuana or cocaine) in the blood.

All drivers who are suspected of driving while intoxicated must submit to a chemical analysis of their blood, breath or urine.

According to the Missouri Motorcycle Safety Program, with information taken from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, studies show that between 40 percent and 45 percent of all fatal motorcycle crashes involve the use of alcohol. Furthermore, the motorcyclist was legally intoxicated in approximately one-third of the fatalities.

Other Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Other causes of motorcycle accidents include improper driver training, dangerous or reckless driving, poor driving conditions, road maintenance defects, weather, loss of control on corners, failure to leave adequate room between vehicles and driving aggressively.

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Springfield, MO: A Springfield man died recently after a Missouri motorcycle crash near Stotts City, according to the state highway patrol. READ MORE

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Student Killed in Missouri Motorcycle Accident
August 25, 2010
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