As Missouri drivers are elated with the onset of spring, their desire to get out more means that traffic substantially increases and so does the risk of trucking accidents. Though truck traffic is not substantially affected by this change in seasons, already busy highways become more congested with smaller vehicles and motorcycles.
Because of a semi’s greater size and weight, trucking accidents tend to be more catastrophic to motorists in smaller vehicles. The risk of personal injury and death is even higher for motorcycle riders who have less protection in an accident than drivers in enclosed vehicles.
Motorist responsibility for highway safety is shared between all drivers. Some steps motorcycle drivers can take to avoid a devastating trucking accident are:
- The use of turn signals and headlights at all times, even during daylight hours, to make yourself more visible to semi drivers and to communicate your intentions.
- When passing a semi, lengthen the distance between you and the semi before changing lanes to allow enough distance for the semi to stop if necessary.
- Do not linger in a semi’s blind spots. Motorcycles are more difficult to see than larger vehicles so it is important to be as visible as possible. Be aware that because a motorcycle is much smaller, the semi driver will not be able to see you in places they would normally be able to see a car. Avoid these areas.
- Always wear a DOT certified helmet and bright, reflective clothing to increase visibility and protect you in an accident.
No matter how cautious or experienced motorcyclists are, accidents can still occur, many of which are the fault of the semi driver or trucking company. Unfortunately, because of the extreme difference in mass between a motorcycle and a semi, many highway accidents involving these two vehicles result in devastating injuries and death. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a trucking accident, contact an attorney immediately to determine if you have a valid claim for compensation or damages.