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Motorcycle Safety Tips: How to Avoid Injury

Updated December 28, 2018 | By Wilson Kehoe Winingham staff

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.

Always Wear a Helmet

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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motorcycle accidents account for almost 13% of all fatalities on the roadways, so make sure you’re protected.

Indiana Motorcycle Regulations

Indiana motorcycle law requires eye protection if you are under the age of 18. Also required is the use of a helmet for those 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, a speedometer, and a rear-view mirror.

Safety Precautions

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 Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) to receive your motorcycle endorsement. The cost of the motorcycle safety course through ABATE of Indiana is $75, but it’s highly recommend.

Motorcycle Safety Tips

The CDC has provided tips to stay safe when riding a motorcycle:

  • Always wear a helmet approved by the Department of Transportation.
  • 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.

Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today

If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a motorcycle accident, you are urged to contact the Indianapolis Motorcycle Accident Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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