Hunter & Cassidy Law

Motorcycle safety requires mutual respect

On Behalf of | Mar 5, 2024 | Motor vehicle accidents

Motorcyclists are gearing up and getting ready to ride now that warmer weather is coming. Soon, thousands of motorcycles will be sharing the road with other motorists throughout the Kansas City area and across the Midwest.

As such, rather than waiting for May and Motorcycle Awareness Month, now is the perfect time for everyone to remember that sharing the road requires mutual respect.

Shared responsibility

Motorcycle riding is a thrilling experience that offers a sense of freedom and excitement. But it comes with the sobering reality that motorcyclists are 24 times more likely than vehicle occupants to die in a traffic accident. And while vehicle fatalities on Missouri roadways decreased in 2023, there was a record number of motorcycle-related deaths, with a 14% increase from the previous year.

Mutual respect means recognizing and honoring the rights and safety of everyone on the road. For motorcyclists, this means engaging in the following:

  • Wear appropriate riding gear, such as pants, boots, gloves, a helmet and a jacket. Clothing should also have bright colors or reflectivity.
  • Use turn signals.
  • Maintain a safe distance from other vehicles.
  • Undergo proper training and be licensed before hitting the roadways.

On the flip side, motorists should always check their mirrors and blind spots for motorcyclists, especially when changing lanes or making turns. They should also give motorcyclists plenty of space, understanding they may need to maneuver suddenly in response to road conditions.

Everyone has the responsibility to ensure safe roadways for vehicles and motorcycles alike. However, some people don’t adhere to the rules. If you have been injured while riding a motorcycle, it’s crucial that you seek compensation to help with medical expenses and lost wages.