Thursday, June 18, 2015

Motorcycle Accidents at the Lake of the Ozarks

It's no secret that the Lake of the Ozarks hosts (and is home to) many motorcycle enthusiasts. With Bikefest, Bike Night, The Mid Coast Bike Run, and many other motorcycle events, thousands of motorcycles will cruise the Lake Area roads every year.

Unfortunately, motorcycles are roughly 50% more likely to be in an accident than other automobiles. The number of motorcycle-crash related fatalities is also continuing to rise; according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 14% of all traffic fatalities are motorcycle fatalities (that number has more than doubled since the previous decade).

Motorcycle accidents can be caused by a variety of different factors, but they all require immediate legal attention to protect in the injured riders and their families from even greater losses. Here is a look at some of the different situations that can cause a motorcycle accident at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Inattentive Drivers

Unfortunately, drivers who fail to pay adequate attention to the road and other driving conditions are one of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents. Motorcycles are much smaller than vehicles, so they may be easier to miss while surveying the area for approaching motorists. It is imperative that drivers be aware of their surroundings at all times and not allow themselves to be swayed by cell phones or other distractions.

Failure To Yield At An Intersection

It should come as no surprise that intersections are some of the most common locations for accidents. With vehicles coming and going (sometimes at great speeds), navigating intersections requires each driver to be constantly aware of his or her surroundings. Sometimes, drivers who are waiting to make a left turn at a light (when they are facing a yield arrow) do not see the motorcyclist approaching or may fail to correctly gauge the motorcyclist's speed.

Hazardous Road Conditions

Not all vehicle accidents are the fault of the drivers. Government agencies and their contractors have a legal responsibility to keep their roads safe for travelers, and failure to do so can cause serious injuries. Gravel, pools of water, potholes, and construction zones can all cause wrecks and associated injuries for drivers and motorcyclists - especially if warning signs for these hazards are not in place.

Your Motorcycle Accident Attorney Will Have Your Back

Because motorcyclists do not have a car, truck, or an SUV to serve as a protective barrier, they are likely to experience greater injuries in the result of an accident. The sad fact is that even when the driver of the other vehicle is clearly at fault, many insurance companies frequently attempt to blame the motorcyclist for the accident.

If you or someone you know has been in a motorcycle accident, it is important to immediately contact a motorcycle accident attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks. The attorneys at McDuffey Law Firm, LLC can help you receive financial compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and associated pain and suffering. Give us a call to get started.

McDuffey Law Firm, LLC
Ph. (573) 302-7211
Fax. (573) 302-7215

5754 Parkside Village Ct.,
P.O. Box 368
Osage Beach, Mo 65065
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