July 31st, 2013|
July 31, 2013
Each year, there are a growing number of Indiana Motorcycle Accidents that result in injury or death. In fact, the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute found that a total of 152 fatal motorcycle accidents occurred last year alone. This was a nearly 29 percent increase over the previous year’s tally.
One man is hoping a motorcycle rally and ride held in his honor will help to reduce the number of these accidents in the future. The man says that his life was turned upside down on June 19 when he was struck by a vehicle while riding his motorcycle along Home Avenue in Kokomo. The impact resulted in the man losing his leg and being hospitalized for the past several weeks as he undergoes rehabilitation. The victim stated the driver who hit him claimed he didn’t see the bike prior to the accident.
According to the Kokomo Tribune, a local motorcycle club held a ride this past week in an effort to raise both money for the victim and awareness of the importance of drivers paying more attention to motorcycles.
Experienced riders say motorcyclists should assume drivers do not see them and suggest wearing reflective clothing in order to be more visible to others on the road. In turn, motorists should slow down, eliminate distractions, and look twice when changing lanes or entering an intersection.
The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin hope these tips are effective in helping motorcyclists stay safe when riding.
November 28th, 2012|
November 28, 2012
WIBQ News is reporting that a Terre Haute, Indiana, motorcyclist died in an accident earlier this month. The crash happened on Saturday, November 17, at the intersection of State Route 63 and Springhill Drive.
Officers with the Terre Haute Police Department stated the man was riding along the road when he fell off the bike. Rescue crews were unable to transport the victim to a hospital due to the severity of his injuries, and he died a short time later at the scene of the crash. Officers confirmed he was not wearing a helmet at the time of the Indiana Motorcycle Accident and his blood alcohol level was more than double the legal limit.
The accident points out two factors that lead to fatal motorcycle accidents: a lack of motorcycle helmet laws and drinking and driving. Indiana is one of only three states that doesn’t require motorcyclists of any age to wear a helmet. A lack of helmet usage can increase a person’s chance of death or injury in the event of an accident by as much as 50 percent. The high number of drunk drivers in Indiana compounds the risks presented by a lack of helmet laws.
The Indiana Drunk Driving lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin say these two risks can easily be eliminated when riding motorcycles by simply always wearing a helmet and never riding a motorcycle after consuming alcohol.
July 18th, 2012|
July 18, 2012
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an unhelmeted motorcyclist is 40 percent more likely to suffer a fatal head injury and 15 percent more likely to suffer a non-fatal injury than a helmeted motorcyclist in a crash. Several recent fatal Indiana Motorcycle Accidents have highlighted the dangers of riding motorcycles without helmets.
Take, for instance, the case of a 66-year-old man who died early Friday after being involved in an Indianapolis motorcycle crash. According to the Indy Star, the crash happened around 12:30 a.m. on Southeastern Avenue, near South Sheridan Avenue. Reports indicate that the victim was part of a group of motorcyclists traveling west on Southeastern at a high rate of speed. The rider, who was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, missed a turn and hit a curb, which ejected him from the machine. He was declared dead at the scene.
The rise in the number of accidents has many legislators considering mandatory helmet laws. Currently, Indiana state law only requires those who are under the age of 17 to wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle.
The Terre Haute Personal Injury Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos, and Newlin ask that all motorcycle riders do their part to stay safe on the highway by always wearing a helmet every time you ride, even if it is just going to be a short trip.
February 1st, 2012|
February 1, 2012
While riding a motorcycle or moped can be an effective and efficient way of getting around town, they do present a greater risk of injury to the rider in the event of an accident.
Take for instance the case reported by WTHITV 10 News yesterday of a moped rider left in critical condition after crashing into a vehicle without a helmet on. The crash happened at around 4:00 Monday afternoon at the intersection of Johnson Avenue and US-41 when the 49-year-old male moped driver collided with the rear end of a sedan. The man was taken to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis where he remains in critical condition.
While Indiana state law only requires riders under the age of 18-years-old to wear a helmet and eye protection, the practice is considered one of the most effective ways to prevent injury, no matter the rider’s age. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), helmets are 67 percent effective in preventing traumatic brain injuries.
Head injuries are the leading cause of death for motorcycle accident victims in the United States today, and that two-thirds of operators involved in fatal crashes were not wearing helmets at the time of the crash.
The Indiana motorcycle accident lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin ask that bikers protect themselves from injury by always wearing approved safety gear when out riding. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident at no fault of your own, contact an experienced attorney today.
November 4th, 2008|
November 4, 2008
A town marshal was killed after a vehicle hit his motorcycle in a South Bend auto accident, reports WSBT News.
The man was traveling northbound on Ironwood when he was hit by a car traveling southbound. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene after he hit the man in the South Bend motorcycle accident.
The driver of the vehicle drove erratically, veered off the road, and hit a tree. Police report the driver was later caught and taken to Memorial Hospital.
The Fatal Alcohol Crash Team is investigating the Indiana motorcycle accident.
The South Bend motorcycle accident lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin can help if you have been injured in an Indiana accident.
October 7th, 2008|
October 7, 2008
A 12- year-old boy died Saturday morning in an Indianapolis motorcycle accident, according to the Indianapolis Star.
According to police, the boy was not wearing a helmet and was riding an off-road model not intended for use on city streets when the Indiana motorcycle accident occurred.
The boy apparently lost control of the motorcycle after going over a manhole cover; he then slid about 100 feet into a parked car. He suffered severe head trauma from the