Warm Weather Brings Rise in Motorcycle Wrecks

By Chris Eidson

Published 04/07 2014 09:14PM

Updated 04/07 2014 10:54PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- As the weather warms up, more people taking their motorcycles on the open road.

Unfortunately this time of year emergency rooms see a spike in accidents and injuries from those who ride on two wheels.

"It's great to be out particularly on a day like today," CoxHealth Nurse Jami Blackwell said.

But every year when more people hit the road on two wheels, emergency room visits jump.

"During this time of year we see an increase in motorcycle collisions just simply because it's nice people are out riding their motorcycles," Blackwell said.

Blackwell treats those patients at the CoxHealth ER Trauma Unit.

"We do see a lot of head injuries, traumatic brain injuries from a motorcycle accident," she said.

To prevent the most dangerous of injuries, she said wearing a helmet is crucial, along with other protective clothing in case your skin hits the pavement.

"So if you're wearing flip flops or shorts or tank tops that causes a lot of issues," she said.

But the most important way to prevent injuries is not getting involved in a crash in the first place.

Lisa Cox from the Springfield Police Department said that comes down to avoiding distracted driving.

"Really the most important thing for motorcyclists and other drivers is just to be alert," she said.

She said don't text and drive, use turn signals, and look twice for motorcycles.

"A lot of times it's just the motorist not seeing the motorcyclist on the road because you're used to looking for a car or other vehicles that are just larger and you maybe glance too quickly and just miss them whether it's in a blind spot or not," she said.

Both women agree it's the responsibility of everyone on the road to make sure drivers stay safe and out of the hospital this Spring.

The Governors Highway Safety Association collects data from every state about motorcycle wrecks.

For Missouri, the weather this time of year is actually listed as a contributing factor to the increase in fatalities.

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