Deadly Motorcycle Accidents Are on the Rise in Missouri
MISSOURI - Sixty-five motorcycle accident deaths have occurred so far in 2021 in Missouri. This is an increase of approximately 25 percent from this same period in 2020. The report states that thirty-five of these motorcyclists were not wearing a helmet. Missouri transportation officials stated that there were only two motorcycle accident deaths at this time last year.
Last year Missouri repealed its mandatory helmet law. It was forecasted that serious injuries and fatalities from motorcycle accidents would presumably rise after repealing the state's helmet law as has been the case in other states that have repealed similar laws.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 37 out of 100 motorcycle riders are tragically killed in motorcycle accidents. The NHTSA believes most of these motorcyclists would have survived the accidents had they been wearing helmets.
Missouri law requires that all motorcycle riders and operators under the age of 26 or anyone operating a motorcycle under an instruction permit wear a DOT-compliant helmet.
Accident scene investigators report that many motorcycle accidents happen because of speeding. As a result, Missouri Highway Patrol has stepped up traffic law enforcement. In 2020, the Missouri Highway Patrol issued around 16,000 tickets for speeding 20 miles-per-hour over the limit. The Missouri Highway Patrol is encouraging drivers and motorcyclists to watch their speed, wear a seat belt or helmet, and pay attention to all surroundings while on the roadway.
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