By: Chris Stevenson
Warm weather has finally arrived in Indiana and with that comes more motorcycles on the roadways. Motorcycle accidents can be avoided if drivers are more aware and alert while driving. I am a personal injury attorney who has handled motorcycle accident cases, so I feel compelled to share useful information about motorcycle safety.
You probably know this and it should be obvious, but wearing a helmet reduces the risk of head injury by 69%. If you’re going to ride a motorcycle, wear a helmet! I cannot stress that enough! According to the CDC, motorcycle accidents account for almost 13% of all fatalities on the roadways, so make sure you’re protected.
Indiana motorcycle law requires eye protection if under the age of 18. Also required is the use of a helmet if under the age of 18 or anyone who holds an Indiana motorcycle learner’s permit. Motorcycles in the state of Indiana are also required to have turn signals, speedomoter and a rearview mirror.
I highly recommend all motorcycle riders take a motorcycle safety course. ABATE of Indiana offers training and safety courses. If you complete the course and don’t already have an operator license, you will be given a waiver, which will allow you to skip the riding test to obtain your operator license. After you’ve completed the safety course, take your completion card and permit to the BMV to receive your motorcycle endorsement. The cost of the motorcycle safety course through ABATE of Indiana is $75, but it’s highly recommend.
The CDC has provided safety tips when riding a motorcycle to stay safe:
- Always wear a DOT-approved helmet.
- Never ride your motorcycle after drinking.
- Don’t let friends ride impaired.
- Wear protective clothing that provides some level of injury protection.
- Avoid tailgating.
- Maintain a safe speed and exercise caution when traveling over slippery surfaces or gravel.
- Know your motorcycle.
Motorcycle accidents are fairly common during the warm months in Indiana. Although common, take the safety precautions above to reduce your risk of being in an accident and sustaining an injury. Wilson Kehoe Winingham handles cases involving personal injury in Indianapolis and across Indiana. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a motorcycle, it’s important to talk with a motorcycle accident attorney who’s familiar with Indiana state law.