Updated December 28, 2018
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 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 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.
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.
The CDC has provided tips to stay safe when riding a 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.
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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