Motorcycle riders are in a precarious position on Missouri's roadways since they do not have the same protections that occupants of passenger cars have, yet they can travel at high speed. They often suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in accidents, regardless of whether they were wearing helmets. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have identified six brain functions that appear to be affected most often in those who suffer from TBIs, and they can be life-altering.
Motorcycles have just as much right to be on Missouri's roadways as other passenger vehicles. The problem is that their riders are much more vulnerable to injury than those in enclosed vehicles are if an accident occurs. Motorcyclists often face more serious injuries than just road rash, such as serious head injuries and spinal cord injuries.
Vehicle safety measures such as airbags and seat belts are installed to minimize or eliminate the injuries that drivers and passengers suffer in accidents. However, the unpredictability of certain types of collisions -- such as rollover accidents -- can render these safety measures useless. Some Missouri residents still suffer severe or deadly injuries despite a vehicle safeguards to prevent them.
Motorcyclists have to adhere to the same laws as car drivers. They also have the same rights as other types of motorists. The only difference is that a motorcyclist is infinitely more vulnerable to suffering catastrophic injuries in a Missouri car crash -- injuries that result in amputation, spinal cord damage and traumatic brain damage.
Motorcyclists must exercise significant caution when on the road, since those particular types of vehicles leave their bodies exposed, as opposed to a regular passenger car with a metal body encasing the driver and passengers. Understandably, those riding motorcycles have a higher chance of serious head injuries, spinal cord injuries and even death when an accident does occur. Unfortunately, one biker's death underscored how dangerous riding a motorcycle can be after a recent crash in Missouri.
After such a long, drawn-out winter, it's time for warmer temperatures. This means that motorcyclists in Missouri will be removing their bikes from storage and preparing them for the road. Unfortunately, this also means that more accidents involving motorcycles are likely, often resulting in serious head injuries or even death for those who do not wear helmets.
Life can change drastically in a matter of seconds. Accidents involving motorcycles happen frequently and commonly result in catastrophic injuries, permanent disability, and an ongoing need for medical care. Recently, a young Missouri man is feared to have suffered serious head injuries after crashing his motorcycle.
It is a story that is told too often: a motorcyclist is severely injured because another driver didn't see the motorcycle until it was too late. Although motorcycle laws vary from state-to-state, motorists in general are reminded to safely share the road with motorcycles and owe a duty of reasonable care to avoid a collision with a motorcycle. Missouri motorcyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as other motorists on our roadways. In a tragic turn of events, three people were hurt in a recent accident involving a motorcycle and a truck, though it was not specifically detailed if the biker suffered serious head injuries or spinal cord injuries, both of which are common results of motorcycle accidents.
When a motorcyclist is involved in a car accident, he or she is much more likely to sustain serious injuries than people in other vehicles. Road rash, broken bones and head trauma are just a few of the many likely injuries to result from a cyclist being thrown from their bike or colliding with another vehicle. A motorcycle driver can feel lucky to be alive after an accident, but injuries can still cause significant setbacks.