The Missouri Department of Public Safety (DPS) collects and analyzes crash information each year in an attempt to reduce the most common types of vehicle crashes. Motorcycle crashes remain a serious concern for public safety officials, since motorcyclists are more exposed while on the road than those in cars. Therefore, motorcyclists suffer more serious injuries in some kinds of crashes.
A recent report issued by the DPS revealed the following Missouri motorcycle accidents statistics:
- Approximately 100 people are killed and over 2,000 are injured each year in Missouri motorcycle accidents.
- About 45 percent of Missouri motorcycle crashes start when one motor vehicle hits another. Often, these collisions involve the motorcycle itself. Another 33 percent occur when a motorcycle strikes a fixed object, like a pole, roadway barrier, tree, or building.
- Overall, about 51 percent of motorcycle accidents occur in urban areas and 49 percent in rural areas. However, rural crashes are more deadly, as 60.4 percent of Missouri motorcyclists involved in rural crashes in 2006 lost their lives.
- About 30 percent of motorcyclists who were wearing a helmet during a crash were killed or seriously disabled. When the helmets came off, that number rose to 37 percent.
Motorcyclists have a right to share Missouri roads with other vehicles, and drivers have a responsibility to watch out for bikers. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, the experienced St. Louis motorcycle crash attorneys at Page Law can help you understand and protect your legal rights. Call us today at 314-322-8515, the consultation is free, and your information is always kept confidential.