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Unobservant drivers sometimes cause serious motorcycle accidents

Missouri motorcyclists are exposed to many dangers on the road. Unfortunately, many motorcycle accidents are caused by vehicle operators that fail to keep a proper lookout for these smaller vehicles. Based upon the preliminary information reported, it appears that a recent Monday afternoon accident was caused by such circumstances.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported that a car operated by a 77-year-old man was involved in a collision with a motorcycle operated by a 43-year-old man on Highway 67 in Jefferson County. Apparently, the car driver tried to turn left out of a private driveway onto Highway 67 southbound. He apparently failed to see a southbound motorcycle. The car then struck the rear portion of the bike. 

Although the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet, he suffered serious injuries. He was airlifted to a hospital in critical condition. The motorcycle was reportedly damaged beyond repair, while the damage to the car was not severe. It appears the car driver was not hurt.

Missouri bikers who have suffered injuries in motorcycle accidents resulting from the negligence of other parties are entitled to pursue claims for financial relief. Accidents of this type often lead to injuries with life-changing consequences. Victims retain the right to litigate a personal injury claim in a civil court. Before a court may consider the entry of a monetary judgment, it will first be necessary to establish liability by appropriate proof of negligence that is found to have caused or materially contributed to the accident and injuries that resulted.

Source:, "Update: De Soto man in critical condition following motorcycle wreck on Monday", Kim Robertson, Sept. 16, 2015

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