May 7th, 2014|
Motorcycle safety is a top priority in Indiana, and Governor Mike Pence recently declared May “Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month.” That’s why the Terre Haute motorcycle accident lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would like to let you know about several upcoming motorcycle safety events:
- Safety & Awareness Rides- The Indiana chapter of American Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE) has announced they are sponsoring several rides this Saturday, May 10, in several different areas of the state. Registration for the events opens at 9 a.m., and the event costs between $5-$10 to participate.
- Pig Pickens Jamboree- The event held at Deer Creek off of SR 29 will begin on Friday, May 16, and will continue through Sunday, May 18. Tickets are $20 for ABATE members and $25 for non-members, with children under 15 years old allowed in for free.
- Tiny Tots Riding Experience- Children are encouraged to make their way out to the Porter County Fairgrounds & Expo Center on May 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to learn how to safely operate motorcycles in a safe and controlled environment. During the free event, children will be equipped with helmets and pads before being instructed how to ride a low-powered, small motorcycle equipped with training wheels around a closed course. Children must be 85 pounds or less and be wearing close toed shoes.
The attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin encourage all motorcyclists and bike enthusiasts to make their way out this month is support of motorcycle safety and awareness.
October 16th, 2013|
October 16, 2013
Each year, thousands of accidents between motorcycles and other vehicles are reported in the state of Indiana. The Indiana Motorcycle Accident Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain data suggests motorists turning left in front of a motorcycle causes as many as 42 percent of accidents between a motorcycle and another vehicle.
One such accident that occurred last week was responsible for leaving a 45-year-old Elkhart, Indiana, man seriously injured. According to an article from WNDU News, the crash happened at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 8, at the intersection of State Road 15 and County Road 42, outside the city of Goshen, Indiana.
Reports indicate the victim was northbound along State Road 15 when a 22-year-old New Paris, Indiana, man attempted to turn left onto the road from County Road 42 in front of the bike. The motorcyclist did not have time to stop and struck the side of the truck.
The impact of the collision left the motorcyclist with head injuries and fractures in his legs, resulting in rescue crews transporting him to a local trauma center for further examination and treatment.
The law firm’s team of Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers recognizes the risks motorcyclists face every time they ride. That is why the firm would like to urge motorists to do their part to protect motorcyclist safety by always looking twice in both directions before attempting to cross through lanes of traffic.
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.
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.