School is out, Memorial Day is over, and summer is in full swing. For many Hoosiers this means it's time to break out the motorcycle and go out riding. Whether individuals are hitting the road on a bike for leisure or as an efficient mode of transportation to work, Indiana residents can find more motorcyclists on the streets during this time of year. Tragically, though, this may mean that we are bound to see an increase in motorcycle accidents that leave unsuspecting individuals with serious injuries. In the aftermath of these wrecks, far too many Hoosier families are forced to face the loss of a loved one.
One need only look to the statistics from 2015 to see just how common motorcycle accidents are in our state. That year saw 3,263 motorcycle crashes. That's a decrease from the previous year, and is the least number of motorcycle accidents since prior to 2011. However, there were still more than 100 motorcyclist deaths and nearly 3,000 motorcyclists injured in these wrecks.
Although some of these accidents are caused by errant motorcyclists, many others are caused by negligent drivers. These motorists may fail to yield the right of way to a motorcyclist, follow too closely, back into a biker, improperly turn or change lanes, or fail to recognize a motorcyclist's presence due to distraction. Regardless of how an individual acts negligent while behind the wheel, when they leave a motorcyclist harmed, they need to be held accountable for their actions. This is why accident victims need to consider pursuing legal action in hopes of recovering the compensation to which they may be entitled.
Although these statistics are from 2015, 2016's statistics should be released in the next month or so. It will be interesting to see how the numbers change, indicating whether motorcycle safety is receiving the attention it deserves. In the meantime, those who want to learn more about their legal options following a motorcycle crash can speak with a qualified personal injury attorney.
Source: State of Indiana, "Indiana Traffic Safety Facts," accessed on Jun. 3, 2017