The spring and summer months of the year are great times for motorcyclists to head out and explore the verdant beauty that Indiana has to offer. It is, however, imperative that everyone who shares the roads with these two-wheelers takes steps to help keep the motorcyclists safer.
There are many dangers that come with riding a motorcycle. While the motorcyclist can take steps to reduce the risk of many of them, they cannot control the actions of other drivers.
Intersections are very dangerous
Intersections are one of the most dangerous areas on the roads for motorcyclists. This is because motor vehicle drivers might not see them due to obstacles around the intersection. The small profile of the motorcycle with its rider makes them easy to miss, but that’s not an excuse for a motorist to fail to pay attention. That inattention can lead to the driver striking a motorcyclist.
Crashes are often catastrophic
One of the most devastating aspects of motorcycle crashes is that the motorcyclist is more likely to suffer a catastrophic injury or die in a wreck than a person who is in a passenger vehicle. Their vulnerability is enhanced because there is no frame surrounding the motorcyclist.
A motorcyclist is 29 times more likely to die in crash than those in passenger vehicles. People on super-sport motorcycles have four times the risk of dying in a crash than other motorcyclists. These risks are great, but safe driving by the motorcyclist and other drivers can help to prevent those deaths.
It’s imperative that any motorcyclist who’s struck by a motor vehicle should ensure they get medical care. They might opt to seek compensation for their damages, injuries and other losses. Finding out their options can assist them in making decisions about their case.