The Warm Weather Is Just Around The Corner And That Means One Thing: Motorcycles Are Out In Force. Be Extra Vigilant On Your Daily Commute When Driving In Indianapolis

What do motorcyclists, bicyclists, and the rest of us (automobile drivers) have in common?  The first few warm days after winter will bring us all out on the roadways...together.  The problem is that the rest of us (automobile drivers) are still accustomed to winter driving, and do not anticipate the presence of a motorcyclist or bicyclist.  And this means potentially fatal consequences for bikers.

Our Indianapolis motorcycle accident lawyers are very familiar with police reports that depict a car resting next to the image of a severely injured motorcyclist laying in the roadway.  All too often the driver of the car is quoted as saying "I didn't see him," or "I didn't know they were in the lane next to me."  The vulnerability of a motorcyclist is beyond great--it's astronomical.

Black motorcycle helmet hanging on the handlebars of the motorcycleWith regard to a motorcyclist's responsibility, Indiana offers riders of all skill levels an Operator Safety Education Program.  Besides taking the course for obvious safety enhancement reasons, bikers should know that they may be eligible for a reduction on their motorcycle insurance if they complete the course! Not only is that a great incentive, but it also ensures that riders are fully educated and trained in proper avoidance techniques while on the roadways with cars, trucks, and semis.

In the end, the name of the game is "size."  A motorcyclist is much more likely to be in your blind spot due to their smaller size, and if you're still driving in a "winter driving" state of mind, you might be the witness (or cause) to a tragic accident. 

The message to automobile drivers is simple: slow down and BE AWARE of the possibility that a motorcyclist or bicyclist may be next to, behind, or in front of you.  
James R. Keller
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