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Common causes of motorcycle accidents

In the warmer weather months, motorcycles are a common sight on Missouri roadways. These fun, small and fuel efficient vehicles have a lot to offer. People not only love the thrill of the ride, but also the economic advantages of these smaller vehicles. Unfortunately, motorcycles come with a lot of risk. In a motorcycle accident, people can suffer serious injuries or death. Motorcycles offer very little protection and even minor accidents can be a huge problem.

Therefore, motorcyclists often need to take their safety into their own hands. By understanding common causes of motorcycle accidents, motorcyclists can work to avoid them. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are several common causes of motorcycle accidents.

Motorcycle accident kills 1 in Grandview

Summer brings an increased amount of motorcycle traffic to Missouri. People get out to enjoy the sunny, warm weather as they travel around the beautiful state. While riding a motorcycle is fun for most people, it can also be dangerous.

Motorcyclists need to understand that they are at risk when on Missouri roadways. The drivers of larger cars and trucks often fail to look for these smaller vehicles. They miss them as they switch lanes, make turns and enter intersections. This puts riders at risk for serious and life-threatening motorcycle accidents. Even in minor accidents, motorcyclists can end up with very serious injuries.

Do not let a Missouri car defect ruin your future

When Missourians get behind the wheel of a car, they often expect that other drivers can cause serious injuries. People know that there are many negligent drivers on Missouri's highways and roads. As a result, many people try their best to drive defensively to protect their family from harm.

However, these same people may not even realize that they could face danger from their own car. Many cars are riddled with issues that can cause serious car accidents without another car's involvement. Often, these issues are the result of an auto part defect.

Federal car safety regulations

Anyone who has driven a car knows that if the car is not operated correctly, it can be dangerous. If people do not focus their attention to driving, they can easily cause an accident. But, inattentive or reckless driving is not the only way that a car accident can occur. Accidents and injuries can also result from auto product defects. If a car is not properly built, it can malfunction, causing serious injuries or death.

In order to help prevent defective cars from causing injuries, the government has stepped in and enacted certain safety standards that must be met in all vehicles. The Motor Vehicle Safety Law was passed in order to mandate car safety. As part of this law, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was given the authority to issue safety standards and other car-related regulations.

What is the lemon law in Missouri?

When people purchase a product, they expect that it will work how it is supposed to. They don't expect it to be riddled with problems or otherwise defective. When it comes to cars, Missouri residents need to know that what they are purchasing will be reliable and safe since an auto part defect can not only cause an inconvenience but can be seriously dangerous.

In Missouri, legal protections -- commonly referred to as lemon laws -- are in place to help protect consumers. These laws give people protection when their cars have serious defects. Under section 407.565 of Missouri Revised Statutes, manufacturers must replace or repair a car that does not conform to the standards expressed in the car's warranties. However, in order for this rule to apply, the consumer must report the issue during the term of the warranties or during the first year after a new car was sold to a consumer.

Defective airbag recall once again expanded

Americans, including Missouri residents, rely heavily on their cars to get them from one place to another. Missouri is a large state and without personal motor vehicles, people couldn't get to their work or to their homes. In order to travel safely by cars, people rely on other drivers. They trust that other drivers are paying attention to the roadways and are not engaging in dangerous behavior behind the wheel.

However, people also place their trust in car manufacturers. They trust that safety mechanisms in the car are in place and working. This includes important safety features like seatbelts and airbags. These safety features are supposed to help keep people safe should a serious car accident occur. Sadly, auto product makers cannot be trusted any more than other drivers can. Auto part defects are common and often cause serious injuries. In these cases, an auto product liability suit might be necessary to hold these companies responsible.

Get skilled legal representation for mass transit accidents

When people trust public transportation to take them from one place to another, it can be a big shock when something goes wrong. Mass transit vehicles are not immune from serious accidents, and passengers can easily be hurt.

If an accident occurs between two passenger cars, people often have a clear understanding of who is responsible for the accident. This gives people a clearer understanding of how to respond to an accident. However, in a mass transit accident, it may be more difficult to determine who is responsible for the accident. It could be the person operating the vehicle, a pilot, or bus driver, for example, or it might be the owner of the vehicle, like a bus company. In these cases, identifying who is responsible for the accident can be important when trying to collect compensation for the damage done.

Railway safety: how safe people are around trains

There are many different types of mass transit options for Missouri residents. For people who are not interested in driving from place to place on their own, mass transit often provides an affordable and quick alternative option. People can turn to busses, airplanes or trains in many situations. However, people need to understand that just like with private transportation, accidents can occur.

Trains, in particular, can be dangerous for passengers and pedestrians near the tracks. According to a report by the Federal Transit Administration, railway accidents have been increasing over time. In the report issued by the FTA, it was discovered that the accident rate had increased 80 percent over a six year period. These accidents have occurred for a variety of reasons including fires aboard a train, train derailments and collisions between trains and other vehicles.

What can be done to keep kids safe around a school bus?

Many Missouri residents rely on personal motor vehicles to get them from place to place. They have control over where and when they drive, and often the decisions that are made behind the wheel. However, children are not in this position. Instead, children are often at the mercy of other drivers to keep them safe. In particular, children are often passengers on school buses, with little or no control over their safety. Instead, parents rely on school districts and bus drivers to make safe decisions for their children.

In many cases, this trust is misplaced. Missouri children are injured because of driver negligence or other reckless behavior. After hearing stories of bus accidents, many Missouri parents may ask what can be done to keep kids safe near school buses.

Take precautions to ensure a charter bus is safe

Not every Missouri resident travels using a personal car or truck. Many people rely on mass transit options to get from place to place. Whether it is a school bus, city bus or airline, public transportation is importation to many people. Safety is just as important to these individuals. People who use public forms of transportation need to ensure that they are safe to avoid injuries.

Mass transit accidents frequently occur on Missouri roadways. For example, one person was recently injured in Missouri when a charter bus left the roadway, as this blog post highlighted. Accidents, like this one, can happen at any time. Therefore, it is important for people to know how to keep themselves safe when using mass transit.

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