Continue reading to learn more about National Motorcycle Safety Awareness
Month, and tips for safe driving and riding.
Motorcycles and Car Accidents
Thousands of Hoosiers all across the state own and ride motorcycles. From Harley’s and Cruisers, to Kawasaki’s, Mopeds, and more, there is an endless array of motorbikes you can come across on the road while driving. It is important to remember that all motorcyclists share the same privileges and rights as drivers do, which is one of the primary messages of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. For this reason, it is important to treat motorbikes and scooters as any other vehicle on the road, and to always stay alert wen sharing the road. This will be keep both cyclists and yourself safe.
In terms of motorcycle statistics, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has reported that motorcycle accidents and subsequent fatalities are over 25 times the amount of car accident victims. And most often, drivers of standard vehicles are the cause of motorbike accidents and deaths. This is why the month of May is an important time to spread the message of motorcycle safety.
Safe Driving TipsAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), most motorcycle/car accidents occur on the highway or interstate. For this reason, it is wise to steer clear of highway or freeway cruising during rush-hour times, especially if you are new to motorcycle riding.
If you are a new motorcycle owner and rider, it is wise to take advantage of motorcycle training and safety courses. These are generally low-cost or even free, and offered all year long in conjunction with your state’s highway safety patrol and DMV programs.
Consider investing in motorcycle upgrades for safer cruising. If you own an older bike, tune-ups and part replacements will make your bike safer to ride. Upgrades include airbags, advanced braking systems, tires, and other safety features and preventative maintenance.
No matter how experienced you are, and how close your destination may be, it is vital to always wear a helmet. In fact, it is the law, and for good reason. A helmet can mean the difference between life and death in the case of an accident. Even the smallest impact can cause irreversible brain damages and head injuries if you are not wearing a motorcycle helmet. Be sure to invest in a good-quality, motorcycle regulation helmet that fits just right.
Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries
If you are injured by another driver while on your motorcycle, it is important to contact a personal injury lawyer that specializes in motorcycle accidents and injuries. They retain the proper knowledge and resources to explain your rights as an injured victim, and recover full and fair compensation for your damages and subsequent losses.