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Avoiding St. Louis Motorcycle Wrecks


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7/19/2015
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Motorcycle Accident Avoidance in St. Louis

 

Not every road is an open road where you’re able to drive in peace; perhaps no one knows this better than motorcyclists in St. Louis. The city has its fair share of congested roadways that can take the fun out of riding your bike. All that can change, though, if you know where to ride and how to ride safely.

 

Where to Ride

 

Great River Road takes the cake when it comes to scenic St. Louis routes; in fact, it has won awards for being the best motorcycle ride in the city. That’s because it winds alongside the Mississippi River, through Hannibal, and up into Illinois. Many riders pause along the way, taking in the incredible scenery that you’ll catch alongside the river. You won’t run into much traffic, either, although you might cross paths with wildlife if you’re on the road too late. You want to do this during the day anyway to truly enjoy the nature around you.

 

Another great option is to head south from St. Louis and into Illinois. The beginning of your journey will be deceiving, as the first 10 miles or so will bring you through an industrial area. Once you pass it, though, you’ll enter the Mississippi flood plains, a fertile area with flat, fun-to-ride roads from Columbia, IL, to Prairie du Rocher, IL. There’s a colonial fort at Ft. Chartres State Park along the way, although you might want to keep your foot on the gas and continue on your breezy ride. It’ll take you into Missouri, where you’ll follow rolling hills and easy turns through Genevieve and routes 32 and 21, from which you’ll make your way back to St. Louis.

 

How to Ride Safely

 

Most seasoned motorcyclists know the rules of the road, but it’s never a bad idea to brush up on the norms that keep you safe while you’re behind the handlebars.

 
  1. Only hit the road when you’re feeling good. This might seem counter-intuitive, as riding makes you feel free and content; however, emotional distractions could keep you from paying your full attention to the road. This is especially considering that a motorcycle simply does not provide much protection if you’re in an accident.  
     

  2. Watch your speed, no matter how fun it is to step on the gas. Most motorcycle accidents happen because drivers are going too fast. If you have to get your speed fix, try finding a closed course on which to let it out.
     

  3. Have a second look at intersections. Accidents with motorcycles often happen because drivers don’t see the bike coming. If you wait a few seconds after the light changes and enter an intersection with caution, you could avoid an accident. This applies even when you have the right of way.
     

  4. Be bright… in wardrobe, that is. If you want to make sure that other drivers see you, wear something that’s made to be visible. You’ll be able to find reflective tape, brightly colored outerwear, etc., at most motorcycle-centric shops.
     

  5. Say “hello” to a good helmet. It feels great to have the wind blowing through your hair, but it feels even better to have the protection that a good helmet provides. Make sure that yours is of the utmost quality and that it completely encompasses your head and face. The DOT approves only the best models, so make sure that your helmet has its seal of approval.


If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in St. Louis due to the negligence of another driver contact Mr. Alvin Wolff, Jr. at 314-241-2500. We can offer some of the best personal injury lawyer representation in the entire state of Missouri.

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