Motorcycle accidents are common around the Lake of the Ozarks. The Lake of the Ozarks is home to numerous Motorcycle shows and festivals. Statistics show motorcyclists have a 50 percent higher chance of being involved in an accident than automobile drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of motorcycle crash-related fatalities has more than doubled during the past decade. Motorcycle riders accounted for 14% of total traffic fatalities. Motorcyclist fatalities continue to increase year after year. Motorcycle accidents occur as a result of a variety of factors, most of which include the failure to yield at an intersection, inattentive drivers, hazardous road conditions and manufacturer defects.
Failure to Yield at an Intersection
Occasionally, drivers waiting to make a left turn at a light do not see the motorcycle coming and turn, causing an accident. Even if a driver does see the motorcyclist, they might hit the gas and misjudge the situation, believing they have enough time to turn. Although it may be the other driver’s fault, their insurance company will inevitably try to place blame on the motorcyclist.
Cell-phones and other distractions can result in serious or fatal injuries. Due to the difference in size between motorcycles and automobiles, motorcyclists end up on the pavement with severe injuries, while automobile drivers usually incur fewer injuries.
Hazardous Road Conditions
Just as drivers have a responsibility to drive safely, government agencies and their contractors have a responsibility to keep the roads safe. Construction zones, gravel, pools of water and potholes can all cause serious accidents – especially if warning signs are not in place. Although it is clear there are dangers in riding a motorcycle, the call of the open road and the beauty of the Lake of the Ozarks, continues to draw many riders. If you have been in a motor cycle accident in the Lake of the Ozarks area, do not provide a recorded statement to the other driver’s insurance company, as they will often try to twist your words. It is important to have an experienced attorney on your side to protect your rights. At the McDuffey & Medcalf Law Firm, LLC, we have experience helping clients who have been involved in motorcycle accidents receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering. Contact us today for your free case consultation.