Kansas City Metro Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in the Kansas City area, contact an attorney at the law firm of Troy J. Leavitt today. A motorcycle accident is often more treacherous than an auto accident; there is no such thing as a fender bender when a motorcycle accident occurs. These accidents can involve serious injuries and have devastating results.
Although motorcyclists are often stereotyped as reckless and fast drivers, it’s negligent automobile drivers who cause most motorcycle accidents. With little regard or respect for motorcycles, automobile drivers place motorcyclists at greater risk for serious injuries in a motorcycle accident.
Things you should know about motorcycle accidents
Involvement in a motorcycle accident is a frightening, confusing experience for anybody. The following procedures are general guidelines you should follow:
- Stop immediately: Do not leave the scene. If there are no injuries, move vehicles out of the flow of traffic.
- Check for injuries: do not assume that a lack of a visible injury means that a person is not hurt.
- Call the police: a motorcycle accident should be reported to the proper authorities, and the report may be helpful later in determining fault and receiving your due compensation.
- Exchange information: write down the name, address, phone number, insurance information, etc. of the person(s) who were involved in the incident.
Missouri Motorcycle Laws
Because motorcycle accidents can lead to traumatic injuries, the state of Missouri has implemented additional laws concerning the operation of motorcycles in the state. All motorcyclists are required to obey all traffic laws in the state just like passenger vehicles. However, the following laws apply additionally to the operation of a motorcycle:
- Motorcycle drivers are required to have a Class M Driver’s license issued by the state of Missouri to operate a motorcycle of any size.
- Motorcycle drivers and their passengers are required to wear helmets at all times when the vehicle is in operation.
- • Motorcycle drivers and their passengers are required to wear protective eye wear or face shields unless the motorcycle is equipped with a windshield.
- • Motorcycles may not share a lane with another motorcycle or other type of vehicle.
- • Motorcycles may not skip through traffic by riding in-between lanes when traffic is stopped.
- • Motorcycles must be equipped with at least one headlight. Motorcycles may not have more than two headlights in place.
- • Motorcycle lights must be large enough to be seen from a distance of 500 feet.
- • Motorcycle brake lights must be bright enough to be seen from a distance of 300 feet.
- • Motorcycles must have a rear reflector.
- • All motorcycles must have working front and back brakes.
- • Every motorcycle manufactured after 1973 must have electric working turn signals on the front and back of the vehicle.
- • Motorcycles must be equipped with side view mirrors on both sides of the bike.
- • Motorcycles must have fenders over the rear and front wheels.
- • Every motorcycle must have a horn and a muffler system.
In addition to these safety laws, it is important for drivers of motorcycles and all passenger vehicles to respect the rules of the road. By taking the time to drive carefully around each other, many motorcycle accidents can be avoided.
Protecting Your Rights
Victims of motorcycle accidents have the same rights as any other injury victim. It is an urban legend that motorcycle accidents are not covered by insurance companies because of the risk involved in operating one of these vehicles. This is absolutely inaccurate. Victims of motorcycle accidents have the same rights to compensation as any other injury victim.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, you should contact an attorney who is experienced in these types of cases. Your lawyer will protect your rights and make sure that you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
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If you or someone you know has been involved in a motorcycle accident, please contact us, at 816-228-6000.