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What are the most common types of motorcycle accidents?

You probably are aware that a motorcycle is one of the most dangerous vehicles to drive on Indiana roadways. You are at risk every time you ride for an accident that could seriously injury or even kill you. While following safety procedures can help protect you from injuries and accidents, your best defense is understanding the common types of accidents.

Common injuries that motorcyclists may experience

Indiana motorcyclists have a great state to ride through with plenty of scenic views, open roads, and great weather to enjoy. But unfortunately, if a time comes when that motorcyclist gets into an accident with another vehicle on the road, they'll likely be the ones walking away with worse injuries.

Defensive driving techniques for motorcycles

Motorcycles are the most vulnerable vehicles on Indiana roadways. It is up to riders to do everything they can to stay safe. One of the best ways to do this is to drive defensively. This means driving in a way that will avoid dangers and keep the rider safe. Road Guardians offers some tips for cyclists on defensive driving.

Motorcycle accidents: Who is at fault?

Whether you are a motorcyclist or a motorist, you should know how to stay safe on the road. Motorcyclists should always drive defensively, and keep a sharp eye out for motorists who may not be paying attention. Motorists should always look out for motorcyclists who may be hiding in their blind spot or pulling out between vehicles. In either case, riding a motorcycle can be dangerous and often comes with inherent risks. When riding a motorcycle, you don’t have the protective barrier between you and road if an accident should occur. Motorcycles are not equipped with the same safety devices that motor vehicles have.

What are the top reasons for motorcycle accidents?

Cruising along the highway in the great state of Indiana can be exciting, but it can also put you in danger. The lack of protection and vulnerability mean that motorcyclists are often more likely to suffer serious injuries and fatalities in an accident than passenger vehicles. In fact, the Insurance Information Institute has released the most common factors that may cause you to end up in a fatal motorcycle accident.

Motorcycle helmets can save lives

The laws on motorcycle helmet use are different from state to state. In Indiana, the helmet law only applies to riders under the age of 17, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Highway Loss Data Institute. The District of Columbia and 19 other states, though, have laws that cover all riders, which is referred to as a universal law. While each state has the right to enact whatever helmet law they desire, there is a push for all states to adopt universal laws because of the evidence that shows wearing a helmet can save lives.

The lane-splitting dilemma

One of the most controversial topics when it comes to sharing the road with motorcycles is lane-splitting. While many motorists are upset at the two-wheeled vehicles that speed past their windows during heavy traffic times, others feel that the maneuver is beneficial for all drivers. Lawmakers in Indiana will soon need to address the issue as states across the country take a firm stance on whether or not the practice is accepted within their boundaries.

Tips for sharing the road with motorcycles

Every day, motorcyclists across the country are injured or killed in collisions with passenger vehicles. In the state of Indiana, the government reported over 100 fatalities each year from 2007 till 2013. In addition to the deaths, there were also between 2,486 and 3,279 injuries reported during the same years. Interestingly, the number of motorcycle registrations in the state steadily rose each year, but did not seem to correlate with the number of fatalities or injuries.

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