A motorcyclist was seriously injured over the weekend after being hit from behind by the driver of a Honda Civic. According to authorities, the 49-year-old driver of the motorcycle, John Johnson, was driving his motorcycle northbound on Lorenzo Green Drive in Jefferson City when he began to slow down to turn into a private driveway.
At that same moment, a northbound Honda Civil driven by a 19-year-old collided into the back of the motorcycle. Police say the teenage driver was following the motorcycle too closely and crashed as the motorcycle began to slow down. Johnson was transported to Capital Region Medical center by ambulance for treatment of his injuries. Neither the driver nor the passenger in the Honda was injured in the crash.
Though Johnson only received moderate injuries in the crash, thousands of other bikers die on roads across the United States each year in motorcycle accidents similar to this one. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 4,600 people were killed in motorcycle accidents that took place in 2011. Though this number is already high enough, experts say it is only getting worse. The number of motorcycle fatalities has increased in 14 of the past 15 years and many believe it will top 5,000 this year, setting an all-time high.
According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, over fifty percent of all fatal motorcycle accidents involve another passenger vehicle and the majority of the time it is the other motorist, not the biker, who is at fault. The MSF says that those in passenger vehicles should be aware that the small size of motorcycles makes riders especially vulnerable in the case of an accident. The small size also means that motorcycles are often hidden in a vehicle's blind spot or obscured by objects on the roadway. As a result, drivers should be especially careful at intersections and closely watch for bikers.
The MSF says that motorists should also be aware that it can be difficult to accurately judge a motorcycle's speed, something which also contributes to accidents. Motorcyclists also brake differently than those in passenger vehicles. Rather than tapping a brake, motorcyclists usually downshift or slowly ease off the gas to slow their bikes, something that does not activate the brake light. Drivers, like the teen in the Honda, should give themselves more time to stop when following behind a motorcycle given the lack of brake lights as a visual warning.
The St. Louis motorcycle attorneys can provide the skilled legal representation needed by those who have been involved in a car, truck or motorcycle accident. For information on how to protect your legal rights if you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident, call us today at 314-863-0500.
Source: "Motorcycle driver injured in Jefferson City accident," by Juliette Dryer, published at ConnectMidMissouri.com.
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