PRESS RELEASE: Cofman Townsley Leads the Charge for Motorcycle Safety During Awareness Month

St. Louis Law Firm Highlights Safety Tips and Advocates to Protect Motorcyclists

ST. LOUIS, (May 22, 2024) — May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, a time for St. Louis motorcycle enthusiasts to prioritize safe riding. Sharing the road responsibly is fundamental in Missouri’s traffic landscape, ensuring everyone reaches their destination safely.

Cofman Townsley, a St. Louis-based law firm, is a strong advocate for motorcycle safety. With a proven track record of representing motorcycle accident victims throughout Missouri, the firm emphasizes the importance of preventive measures to save lives.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are disproportionately represented in traffic fatalities. They are approximately 24 times more likely to die in a crash than passenger car occupants. Despite making up only 3.5% of all registered vehicles, motorcycles accounted for 14% of all traffic fatalities in 2021. This statistic highlights the urgent need for increased safety measures and education.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) notes that helmets save lives. Helmets are 37% effective in preventing fatalities and 67% effective in preventing brain injuries. In 2020, there were 5,579 motorcyclist deaths, a 9% increase from the previous year, with 39% of these fatalities involving riders not wearing helmets in states without universal helmet laws.

Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emphasizes the economic impact of motorcycle crashes, which result in billions of dollars in medical costs and productivity losses annually. The CDC supports universal helmet laws, which are proven to increase helmet use and significantly reduce fatalities and injuries.

“In light of the number of motorcycle-related accidents and fatalities, Cofman Townsley is committed to advocating for safety measures and public awareness,” said Todd Nissenholtz, managing partner at Cofman Townsley. “Our law firm believes that through education and responsible riding practices, we can help reduce the number of motorcycle accidents and save lives.”

Tips for Safe Riding:

  • Wear a Helmet: Always wear a DOT-approved helmet to protect yourself from head injuries.
  • Dress for Safety: Wear protective gear such as gloves, jackets, and boots to minimize injuries in case of an accident.
  • Stay Visible: Use reflective materials and keep your headlights on to ensure other drivers can see you.
  • Follow Traffic Rules: Obey speed limits, signal your turns, and avoid weaving between lanes.
  • Stay Sober: Never ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Stay Alert: Be aware of your surroundings, anticipate other drivers’ actions, and avoid distractions.
  • Take a Safety Course: Enroll in a motorcycle safety course to enhance your riding skills and knowledge.

    Media Contact

    Cofman Townsley is available for interviews throughout May and beyond to discuss motorcycle safety in more detail. With extensive experience and legal knowledge, our team is a valuable resource for local St. Louis media. Please contact Suzanne Lee at 615-500-6778 or to schedule an interview.

    About Cofman Townsley Attorneys at Law

    The Cofman Townsley legal team lives and works in the St. Louis area and is dedicated to helping injury victims when they need a trusted advocate. With over 50 years of experience and more than $300 million obtained on behalf of our clients, the personal injury lawyers at Cofman Townsley are ready to help you achieve the best possible results for your claim. For more information, visit our site.

    For more information, contact: 

    Todd Nissenholtz
    Managing Partner
    Phone: (314) 436-1111