Indiana Motorcycle Helmet Laws

Helmet Laws A Concern After Recent Motorcycle Accidents

by Staff | July 10th, 2013

July 10, 2013

Several recent Indiana Motorcycle Accidents have led many concerned citizens to question if changes need to be made to the state’s motorcycle helmet laws.

According to Indiana’s News Center, the most recent crash happened in the early morning hours of Thursday, July 4, along SR 327, outside of Auburn, Indiana. Reports indicate the 21-year-old victim was riding his bike west along the road without a helmet when he suddenly lost control, crossed the median, and crashed into a ditch on the far side of the road. The motorcyclist was ejected from the machine, where he then struck his head on a tree. He died at the scene.

Just two weeks prior, a 64-year-old West Point man was riding a 2010 Harley-Davidson motorcycle east along Indiana 28 at around 9:15 a.m. Investigators say the motorcyclist hit loose gravel and lost control of the bike before crashing and suffering serious head, neck, and back injuries. He was also not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Current law states only motorcyclists under the age of 18-years-old must wear helmets when riding motorcycles.

The Terre Haute Personal Injury Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain that wearing a helmet can reduce the chances of being killed in a motorcycle accident by as much as 50 percent. That is why the firm urges motorcyclists to always wear a helmet regardless of the law.

Terre Haute Man Killed In Indiana Motorcycle Accident

by Staff | 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.