Troopers Urge Caution After Motorcycle Crashes

Published 05/20 2014 05:23PM

Updated 05/20 2014 09:46PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) In light of recent crashes involving motorcycles, the Missouri State Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to share the road and practice safe driving habits.

"I'm not really that scared. I know the risk every time I get on the bike so just kind of embrace it," stated Michael Norman, an avid bike rider.

Norman says he takes his motorcycle for a spin every chance he gets. Even though he takes extra precautions to stay safe, he says it can still be dangerous.

"You don't have seat belts on a bike, you don't have any frame to protect you, it's just you and the ground so any little accident can be a big accident," added Norman.

"Motorcycles are smaller and not as big as a passenger cars so people can lose them easily in their blind spot," stated Sergeant Jacob Angle, public information officer for MSHP. 

With riding season underway, troopers are once asking all drivers to pay attention. They add there's an added risk for motorists at night time and those who drive distracted.

"Night time of course, motorcycles only have one headlight so they're not as visible as a car," added Angle.

Norman says he even took a drivers course. Although they're not required, he says he wanted to be safer on the road.

"Kind of shows you how to brake, speed up and all that. Really shows you the basics of the bike so it kind of trains you to get out of the way," said Norman.

MSHP is also encouraging all new riders to take a training course to gain experience. They add they've seen a 7 percent vehicle fatality state-wide this year.

May is also motorcycle safety awareness month. For more information about motorcycle training sites in the state, click here

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