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Reducing the risk of serious injuries: A guide for motorcyclists

On Behalf of | May 8, 2024 | PERSONAL INJURY (PLAINTIFF) - Motor Vehicle Accidents

Many people choose to drive motorcycles because they are fun and help avoid traffic. However, driving a bike can be risky, especially without safety equipment.

In Indiana, the number of motorcyclists involved in crashes grew from 3,024 in 2021 to 3,102 in 2022. In the same year, analysts recorded 123 motorcycle-related deaths, while 2,106 individuals sustained non-fatal injuries. The figures highlight the importance of learning about motorcycle safety to protect yourself and other drivers.

Preventing motorcycle accidents

Fortunately, there are certain measures you can take to help reduce the risk of sustaining injuries while driving your motorbike.

One effective way is to be as conspicuous as possible. Unlike bigger vehicles, motorcycles may be more challenging to see, especially during nighttime.

You can help other drivers see you better by always using your headlights and attaching reflective strips to your motorcycle. Also, make sure you are not riding in the blind spots of other cars, especially if you are driving near trucks.

Flashing your brake light can also signal to other motorists that you are slowing down or stopping.

Making space for an escape route may also help if a driver does not see you. This way, you can get out of harm’s way if they get dangerously close.

Wearing safety equipment can also help lower the risk of serious injuries in collisions. Before driving your motorcycle, make sure to wear:

  • A bright-colored helmet and clothing
  • Boots
  • Protective gloves
  • Motorcycle jacket

Additionally, impaired driving is illegal in Indiana, so you should not get on your motorbike if you are under the influence of alcohol or other substances. You may be eligible for compensation if your motorcycle crashes because of someone else’s negligence.

Reduce the risk of injury when on the road

While you cannot predict when an accident will occur, you can still take measures to lower the risk of severe injuries in case of crashes. Learning these safety practices may even save your life and other motorists.



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