New Report Helps Explain Rise in Motorcyclist Death Rate
According to the most recent report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), “More than 5,000 people were killed riding motorcycles on U.S.
roads in 2015, close to an all-time high, and a 10 percent increase over
2014’s figures.” In Indiana however, Hoosier drivers have
helped to create a 17 percent decrease in motorcyclist fatalities since 2014.
Regardless, Indiana still saw far too many motorcycle fatalities in 2014
– 104 total (latest statistics). Consumer Reports says that lack of skill, riding while impaired or under
the influence of drugs or alcohol, as well as driving above the speed
limit can quickly attribute to the escalating rates of fatalities and
injuries involving motorcycle accidents.
Motorcycle Operators Need Good Judgment
With motorcyclists being 30 times more likely to die in a crash than occupants
of cars, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says safe
motorcycling is very important. That involves proper motorcycle handling
and training, balance, coordination and good judgment.
State officials have made the suggestion that crashes specific to older,
more experienced riders may result from a loss of skills and the lack
of ability to be familiar with the increased power and accessories of
motorcycles made today. Speed, alcohol and other drugs, as well as risky
driving tactics paired with new or younger riders can increase a driver’s
fatal risk factor as well.
Other variables that can cause a motorcycle crash could include uneven
pavement, weather, unsealed patches, potholes, slick surfaces, inattentive
vehicle operators, and distractions from passengers.
Share The Road With Motorcycles and Watch Out!
As motorcycle riding becomes a more popular activity for Indiana Hoosiers
and tourists this summer, other drivers should be reminded of the risks
motorcyclists and non-motorcyclist can face while traveling. If you are
a non-motorcyclist, you too play a role in motor vehicle safety. Law enforcement
officials expect drivers to:
- Look Twice for Motorcycles: Motorists need to be especially alert at intersections
and when making a left-hand turn. This is where many accidents occur,
so be sure to look both ways for motorcycles.
- Share the Road: Remember that motorcyclists are entitled to a full lane
in order to maneuver and avoid road hazards. Give the motorcyclist respect
by keeping a safe distance. Sharing the road will save lives.
If you are a motorcyclist, the most important thing to do is to know your
bike well, know your abilities, and always wear the right gear. That gear
includes a motorcycle helmet. It’s the best protection against a
traumatic brain injury if a crash were to occur.
Seek Help From An Experienced Indiana Motorcycle Lawyer
Wagner Reese has a team of experienced
Indiana motorcycle accident injury attorneys here for you. We are the best choice to represent you in your claim for
damages caused in a motorcycle or car accident. We are in the business
of bringing justice to those injured on Indiana roadways, and we want
to assist you on your road to recovery by lightening the load of medical
bills and other expenses incurred by this accident. Call the law firm
of Wagner Reese today at (888) 204-8440 for your