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Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month Kicks Off

Jason Reese

In a partnership between the Motorcycle Rider Associations of Indiana, the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, and the Indiana Department of Transportation, Governor Pence has proclaimed May to be Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month. American Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE) of Indiana, Inc. is one of the leading motorcycle associations focused on rider rights, safety, and education and will host Rally on the Circle on Thursday, May 5 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. This event will draw together motorcyclists and police officers from multiple agencies in order to kick off Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month.

Nationwide, motorcycle safety campaigns are being led by motorcyclists and government agencies, as the awareness project focuses on both motorcyclists and other motor vehicle drivers. Both groups are critical partners in motorcycle accident prevention and minimizing injuries when accidents occur. Motorcycles are popular in Indiana, with around 200,000 registered motorcycles on the roadways and nearly 350,000 people with motorcycle endorsements.

Riders Carry Heavy Responsibility for Safety

Spring is in the air, and motorcyclists are returning to the roadways in force. Recommendations by motorcycle safety and education groups include the following:

  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Obey traffic laws and avoid speeding.
  • Take a motorcycle education and certification course. Rider education is also often available.
  • Do not drink, use drugs, or engage in other activities that may cause impairments to reaction time or judgment.
  • Maintain your motorcycle properly and undertake repairs when needed.
  • Increase visibility through reflectors and bright clothing.

Motorcyclists Can’t Do It Alone

Regardless of the safety precautions taken by motorcyclists, they can never be fully protected. There are, however, many steps other drivers can undertake to keep motorcyclists safe. Motorcycles have a right to a full lane, just like other vehicles, and have all the same right as larger passenger vehicles. Other drivers need to create appropriate space for motorcycles, their riders, and passengers. Following a motorcycle too closely can result in disaster if a rider is forced to stop or maneuver quickly.

Additionally, car and truck drivers should check mirrors and blind spots regularly and frequently, but especially when turning, passing, or changing lanes. Motorcycles can be hard to see due to their smaller size, and a vehicle passing too closely at speed can actually cause an accident by blowing the motorcycle off-course. Lastly, drivers need to be conscious of the return of motorcycles after a long winter, during which drivers may have become accustomed to driving without motorcycles on the road.

Motorcyclists are more than 25 times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident than drivers or passengers in other types of motor vehicles. In the case of a fatality, a wrongful death suit can help surviving family members to maintain financial stability in the face of great tragedy. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, our Indianapolis-based motorcycle accident attorneys at Wagner Reese will fight for justice and get you the compensation you deserve. Call us today for your FREE consultation: (888) 204-8440.

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