Motorcycles are a very important part of American culture. Every day, many motorcyclists take to the highways of Indiana to enjoy a ride on their bike. In careless hands, a motorcycle has the power to cause damage, injury, and even death, but it is very often other drivers who pose the most danger for a motorcyclist.
When accidents do happen, you should be sure to contact an attorney who has experience in motorcycle accidents. An experienced personal injury lawyer will know how to pursue fair compensation for your pain and suffering following a motorcycle accident.
Are Motorcycles Dangerous?
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the number of deaths of motorcycle riders is roughly 29 times that of car drivers. Motorcycle accidents are usually more devastating for the motorcycle operator because they do not have the benefit of a car’s steel shell to protect them.
However, motorcycles are operated across the country in a very safe manner every day. While the vast majority of motorcycle accidents are caused by other motorists who are careless and inattentive, there are ways you can help protect yourself.
How to Ride Safely
Safety should be the principal concern for every motorcyclist. Safe riding practices will not only increase your safety, but they drastically decrease your chance of getting into an accident. Here are a few tips to keep yourself safe on your motorbike;
- Always keep your attention on the road
- Maintain your bike at its best
- Obey the rules of the road
- Do not ride in bad weather
Wear a Helmet
Of all the safety precautions, the most important is to correctly protect your head. Even though motorcycle riders and passengers over the age of eighteen are not required by law to wear a helmet in Indiana, a helmet is a valuable protective device that has been proven to save lives.
The Centers for Disease Control states that helmets reduce the occurrence of head injuries by 69%. They also estimate that helmets saved 1,859 lives in 2016.
Motorcycle accidents can be devastating for both the victim and their family, and lead to serious consequences such as:
- Chronic medical conditions
- Lost wages
- Expensive medical bills
- Emotional stress
In safe, responsible, and prepared hands, motorcycles can be used as the wonderful vehicles that they were built to be. If you or a loved one is suffering as a result of a motorcycle accident, call Blackburn & Green. Tom Blackburn, The Man With the Bike®️, has helped many injured motorcyclists during one of the most stressful times of their lives.