May is Motorcycle Safety Month

In honor of Motorcycle Safety Month, we would like to discuss how to safely share the road with riders and non-riders alike. Motorcyclists are passionate about the freedom of the open road, and most of them know it comes with a risk. In fact, motorcycle riders may be in more danger than they think. The lack of protection from an enclosed car is the most obvious risk factor, and riding without a helmet significantly increases the chance of death in an accident.

The unfair bias toward motorcycle riders has existed since the “bad boy” image of James Dean graced the silver screen. It is a commonly held belief that motorcycle riders endanger others on the road. An annoyed motorist may intentionally cut off a motorcycle, slam on the brakes if a motorcyclist is too close, or prevent a motorcycle from passing. This behavior is dangerous and contributes to accidents every year. In addition to educating motorcyclists on safe riding practices, we need to educate the entire public.

The Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

  • Bad weather such as sleet, rain, and snow
  • Lane splitting – when a motorcyclist drives between two lanes of traffic
  • Ignoring posted traffic signs
  • Speeding
  • Inexperienced riders
  • Motorcycle riding in a vehicle’s blind spot
  • Road hazards such as potholes, dead animals, uneven lanes
  • DUI / DWI
  • Defects in the motorcycle
  • Intentional hostility from other motorists

The good news is that just about all of these risk factors can be eliminated. If you choose to only ride in good weather, utilize safe riding practices, never ride while intoxicated, keep a safe distance from other motorists, get routine maintenance on your bike, and always wear a helmet, your risk of serious injury or death is drastically reduced.

Watch Out for Distracted Drivers

Distracted drivers may be the biggest danger on today’s roads for all motorists because they are paying attention to more than just the road. The best way to protect yourself against distracted drivers is to drive defensively. Keep a safe distance from all vehicles, remain alert, and assume that every other motorist on the road is distracted in some way.

Indianapolis, IN Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. At Jacobs Law, LLC, we can help you obtain the medical treatment and compensation you need to get your life back on track. We will fight to protect your rights. Contact us today for a free consultation about your motorcycle accident case.