Safe driving cuts crash risk, but bike accidents still happen in Lafayette
The motorcycle accident attorneys at Vaughan & Vaughan represent motorcyclists injured in crashes caused by negligent drivers. Far too many drivers don't pay attention to motorcycles on the road, or consider them little more than a nuisance. This increases the risk of a crash.
In Lafayette, serious motorcycle accidents are known to occur on and around I-65 ramps, especially the one on Schuyler Avenue. Fatal accidents have also happened on 18th Street and W 56th Street.
But there are steps motorcyclists can take to stay safe and reduce the risk of motorcycle accidents.
Motorcycle safety tips for Indiana bikers
Wear protective gear - Motorcycle drivers and riders under the age of 18 are required by law to wear a helmet in Indiana. We advise all motorcyclists to wear a helmet, as well as eye protection. Other types of clothing can provide some protection in the event of a crash. Wear leather or denim to help protect against road rash, as well as full-fingered leather gloves. In addition, wear motorcycle boots with good support.
Maintain your motorcycle - A well-maintained bike is less likely to break down, which helps keep you safe. Change the oil and replace brake pads as recommended. Check tire pressure, fluid levels and chain tension often.
Be aware of blind spots - Some accidents happen because a driver can't see a motorcyclist in their blind spot. All drivers have a responsibility to be alert to motorcyclists. But it's always safest to assume the driver doesn't see you.
Adjust to road and weather conditions - Slow down and be cautious if it's rainy or windy, or if the road is not in good shape.
Avoid fatigued riding - Fatigue slows reaction time and affects your judgment. Avoid riding when you are very tired.
Be on alert at intersections - Many motorcycle accidents happen at intersections when drivers fail to yield the right of way or don't see motorcyclists.
Take a motorcycle safety course - Even experienced riders can learn new skills and safety tips. Visit Ride Safe Indiana for more information.
We are on the side of injured Indiana motorcyclists
We know that no matter how safe and responsible motorcyclists are, it only takes one negligent driver to cause a crash that results in serious injuries. Our experienced attorneys know how to build strong cases that hold negligent parties responsible and help you recover the financial compensation you need and deserve.
If you've been hurt in a motorcycle accident, learn more about how we can help you. Call us at 765-742-0056 for a free consultation with a motorcycle accident attorney. We have a long history of helping the injured get justice. Contact our law firm today.