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Spring is in the air, which means that thousands of Missouri motorcycle enthusiasts will be out riding through the Ozarks on some of the most beautiful rural roads that this country has to offer.  While motorcycles are a fun and exhilarating way to tour the area, motorcyclists and their passengers need to be sure to always put safety first, for their own sake, and the sake of all fellow motorists.   Compared to occupants of passenger vehicles, occupants of motorcycles are exposed to risks that are much greater every time they are on the road.  For our friends on motorcycles, we urge you to always: 1. Obey the rules of the road. 2. wear protective riding gear including a helmet. 3. Never operate a motorcycle while impaired. Following these three principals can substantially reduce your risk of injury or death on the road.   And that risk is significant.   Statistically, motorcyclists are twenty-six times more likely to be fatally injured in road traffic accidents compared to occupants of passenger vehicles.  Of all Missouri motorcycle crashes, sixty-six percent resulted in injury and death, and by not wearing a helmet a motorcyclist further increases the likelihood of death.   Also, remember that a passenger can significantly affect the handling characteristics of your motorcycle due to the extra weight and independent motion of your passenger.  Extra caution is required for cornering, more time and space is needed for passing, and the effects of wind will be more pronounced with a passenger. For our friends who are not motorcyclists, but instead choose to drive passenger and commercial vehicles, remember that motorcycles are vehicles with the same rights and privileges as any other vehicle on the roadway. Always allow the motorcyclist a full lane width, and leave yourself extra space between you and motorcyclists.  Because of their relative size, sometimes it is hard to gauge the speed of a motorcycle.  When yielding to an oncoming motorcyclist, don’t just yield the right of way, but also give the benefit of any doubt to the motorcyclist. It is far better to be safe, than to be sorry.  A motorcyclist may initially appear to be a safe distance from you, but they are actually closer than they appear.   You will never regret having taken a little extra time to yield to a motorcyclist, and avoid a crash that changes lives forever. At Larson Law Firm, we encourage all motorists to drive with the highest degree of care, and share the road. At the end of the day, whether you are on a motorcycle, bicycle, passenger vehicle, or otherwise, we all have loved-ones who want to see us arrive alive at our destination.
Larson’s Law Corner
“It’s about taking responsibilty”
Posted: Feb 16, 2017
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Compared to occupants of passenger vehicles, occupants of motorcycles are exposed to risks that are much greater every time they are on the road.  For our friends on motorcycles, we urge you to always: 1. Obey the rules of the road. 2. wear protective riding gear including a helmet. 3. Never operate a motorcycle while impaired. Following these three principals can substantially reduce your risk of injury or death on the road.   And that risk is significant.   Statistically, motorcyclists are twenty-six times more likely to be fatally injured in road traffic accidents compared to occupants of passenger vehicles. Of all Missouri motorcycle crashes, sixty-six percent resulted in injury and death, and by not wearing a helmet a motorcyclist further increases the likelihood of death.   Also, remember that a passenger can significantly affect the handling characteristics of your motorcycle due to the extra weight and independent motion of your passenger. Extra caution is required for cornering, more time and space is needed for passing, and the effects of wind will be more pronounced with a passenger. For our friends who are not motorcyclists, but instead choose to drive passenger and commercial vehicles, remember that motorcycles are vehicles with the same rights and privileges as any other vehicle on the roadway. Always allow the motorcyclist a full lane width, and leave yourself extra space between you and motorcyclists.  Because of their relative size, sometimes it is hard to gauge the speed of a motorcycle.  When yielding to an oncoming motorcyclist, don’t just yield the right of way, but also give the benefit of any doubt to the motorcyclist. It is far better to be safe, than to be sorry. A motorcyclist may initially appear to be a safe distance from you, but they are actually closer than they appear.   You will never regret having taken a little extra time to yield to a motorcyclist, and avoid a crash that changes lives forever. At Larson Law Firm, we encourage all motorists to drive with the highest degree of care, and share the road. At the end of the day, whether you are on a motorcycle, bicycle, passenger vehicle, or otherwise, we all have loved-ones who want to see us arrive alive at our destination.
Larson’s Law Corner
“It’s about taking responsibilty”
Spring is in the air, which means that thousands of Missouri motorcycle enthusiasts will be out riding through the Ozarks on some of the most beautiful rural roads that this country has to offer.  While motorcycles are a fun and exhilarating way to tour the area, motorcyclists and their passengers need to be sure to always put safety first, for their own sake, and the sake of all fellow motorists.
Posted: Feb 16, 2017
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