May 15th, 2015|
The month of May has been declared Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in Indiana. As such, our Terre Haute motorcycle accident attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would like to point out a few areas where both motorcyclists and drivers of cars and trucks could work to reduce collisions. They include:
- Looking Twice– Before entering an intersection or changing lanes on the highway, always be sure to look twice in all directions. This is especially important for motorists due to the high number of collisions that occur because a driver fails to recognize or yield the right-of-way to an oncoming motorcycle.
- Use Safety Gear– For motorists, buckling your seat belt should be your top priority each and every time you set foot in a vehicle. For motorcyclists, wearing a helmet will reduce your chances of death by as much as 37 percent and can slash your risk of a serious injury in the event of a crash by as much as 70 percent. In an article from MyWabashValley.com, officials suggest that along with a helmet, bikers should always wear eye protection, along with gloves, boots, and a sturdy leather jacket.
- Obey the Law– Be sure to adhere to all posted traffic signs and lights. Also, refrain from speeding and never drink and drive.
April 16th, 2014|
One of the most common causes of motorcycle crashes is failure to recognize an oncoming motorized bike, especially when turning left.
A recent Terre Haute Motorcycle Accident highlighted the dangers that intersections can pose to motorcyclists. Reports indicate the crash happened at approximately 6:30 a.m. on Monday, April 14, at the intersection of Lafayette and Seventh streets.
An article from The Tribune-Star explains the 37-year-old victim was operating a moped north along Lafayette when a Jeep Grand Cherokee attempted to turn left in front of him. The victim did not have time to stop and collided with the SUV, suffering a head injury and other trauma. He was rushed to a local hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.
The driver later admitted to investigators that he did not see the victim or his moped while making the turn.
The incident leaves many motorcyclists wondering what they can do to stay safe on the road and the Terre Haute Personal Injury Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin suggest following these tips:
- Wear A Helmet- Doing so will reduce the chances of injury in the event of an accident by as much as 40 percent.
- Get Trained- Motorcycle safety courses offer instruction on what to do in the event of a crash in order to minimize the chances of injury.
- Drive Defensively- This means slowing down and assuming all other motorists do not see you or your motorcycle.