Motorcycle, construction zone warnings go unheeded

Every year at this time, Missouri law enforcement officials warn motorists to slow down and obey traffic signs in construction zones. Drivers are also cautioned to pay attention to other vehicles on the roads, and to keep watch for motorcycles before turning or changing lanes.

Those warnings appear to have gone unnoticed before a recent motorcycle accident north of Joplin.

A Kansas City man, 34 years old, was killed this past weekend after a crash in a construction zone on Interstate 635, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol.

The motorcyclist was heading south on the highway when another vehicle veered through construction zone cones and into his lane. The driver of the vehicle then braked.

The motorcyclist tried to avoid a collision, but his bike “overturned and left the road,” according to a news report. Law enforcement officials said the man was pronounced dead at the scene of the violent crash.

There was no word on what happened to the driver of the other vehicle or why that person cut through the cones to go into the motorcyclist’s lane. In many similar accidents, the driver of the car is simply not looking carefully before changing lanes. In other cases, the car driver is distracted or speeding as they enter a construction zone and then make unsafe maneuvers that put others in peril.

There was also no word in the short news article on the man’s death if he left behind a grieving wife, children or parents. For them, nothing can replace the life lost. However, they might wish to consider pursuit of compensation for lost income, benefits and other significant damages. They should speak with an attorney experienced in these difficult matters.

Source:, "KC man killed in motorcycle accident," June 8, 2014



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