August 21st, 2015|
Motorcycle safety is a priority in Indiana, and one way the state has worked to promote responsible riding is by sponsoring a motorcycle safety course. Our Terre Haute motorcycle accident attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin point out that for many years, American Bikers Aimed Towards Education of Indiana (ABATE Indiana) put on the class, but now a new organization will be hosting the courses.
According to Inside Indiana Business, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) has signed a four-year contract with Indiana to organize the state’s official motorcycle safety course. The MSF has been promoting motorcycle safety for more than four decades and has been responsible for educating 8 million motorcyclists. The programs provide riders with both classroom and hands-on instruction on how to safely operate a motorcycle.
The MSF has stated they see a need for an increased presence of motorcycle safety advocates in The Hoosier State, which has prompted the organization to provide an additional 500 opportunities for Indiana motorcyclists to get trained this year. Then, in 2016, the MSF hopes to add an additional 1,000 training opportunities. The goal is to have a training facility within 50 miles of any Indiana motorcyclist’s residence.
At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we believe that all motorcyclists can benefit from taking a safety course. So whether you’re just getting into motorcycles or you’re a veteran of the road, our Indiana personal injury lawyers ask that you consider signing up to take a motorcycle safety course.
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.
Our Terre Haute personal injury lawyers at Fleschner Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are hopeful these tips help keep you and your loved ones healthy and safe during the coming months of motorcycle season.