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by Rod Taylor - ABATE Legal Services
June 2022

    Motorcycle passengers and motorcycle accidents

    Being in a motorcycle accident in Indiana is scary enough, but being a passenger on someone else's motorcycle can be worse. The good news is that if you get injured in a motorcycle accident while riding as a passenger you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries.

    How motorcycle accidents affect passengers

    When motorcycle riders are involved in an accident, their passengers often suffer the brunt of the injuries because motorcycle passengers do not have the same protections as those in a car. Firstly, motorcycle passengers do not have the benefit of being surrounded by a metal frame. Secondly, they often do not wear proper safety gear, such as helmets and gloves.

    Passengers on motorcycles also tend to be thrown from the bike more often than riders. Some of the injuries that motorcycle accident passengers commonly suffer as a result include head injuries, including concussions and traumatic brain injuries, neck and spine injuries, broken bones and road rash.

    How can you recover compensation for your injuries?

    There are a few different ways that you can go about recovering compensation for your motorcycle accident injuries, depending on the circumstances. If the motorcycle driver was at fault for the accident, then you may be able to file a personal injury claim against them. If the other driver was at fault, then you may be able to file a third-party insurance claim.

    You may also be able to recover compensation from your own motorcycle insurance policy, if you have one. If you do not have motorcycle insurance, then you may still be able to recover compensation through the other driver's insurance policy.

    When you are a passenger on a motorcycle, make sure to wear proper safety gear. This includes a helmet, gloves and sturdy clothing. It is also important to hold onto the motorcycle properly, so that you do not fall off. Lastly, if you're involved in a motorcycle accident, make sure to seek medical attention right away, even if you do not think you are seriously injured.

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by Rod Taylor - ABATE Legal Services
March 2022

    Increased rates of fatal motorcycle accidents in Indiana

    Every year, hundreds of people are injured or killed in motorcycle accidents in Indiana. The numbers increased in 2020 and may rise again if drivers and motorcyclists are not made aware of dangerous situations. Statistics are needed to analyze the causes and effects of motorcycle crashes and come up with various solutions.

    Current fatality rates

    In 2020, the number of motorcycle accidents and related fatalities increased despite the fact that there was less vehicle traffic overall. Most deaths occurred among riders who were not wearing helmets. Motorcyclists are much more likely to die in crashes than drivers in passenger vehicles. Their fatalities make up at least 15% of vehicular deaths, and the numbers have increased by 8% since 2019.

    Causes of accidents

    Motorcycle accidents are mainly caused by either bikers or passenger vehicle drivers speeding, failing to yield to oncoming vehicles, driving too closely to others and running off the road. The risks of mortality increase when helmets are not worn. In 2020, more than 70% of motorcycle deaths happened in crashes where the motorcyclist wasn't wearing a helmet.

    Accident prevention methods

    Different motor vehicle agencies are designed to reduce the number of fatal motorcycle collisions throughout the year. The Ride Safe Indiana (RSI) program provides safety advice to motorcyclists, according to Indiana accident laws. Motorcyclists are advised to increase their visibility on the road, while drivers are advised to treat motorcycles the same as they do other passenger vehicles.

    Promoting safety and awareness for all motorcyclists

    Indiana agencies are responsible for collecting statistics about motorcycle accidents all over the state. Then, various state authorities have to determine solutions to reduce the rates of accidents, injuries and deaths. Motorcyclists must understand accident statistics and prevention if they want to remain safe on the road.

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by Rod Taylor - ABATE Legal Services
January 2022

    Who's responsible for your motorcycle accident?

    If you are a motorcyclist in Indiana, it is important to know your rights in the event of an accident. Many people assume that motorcyclists are automatically at fault in accidents, but this is not always the case. As you'll discover shortly, other individuals and institutions are often liable for this kind of accident. Vehicle drivers

    In many cases, the driver of a vehicle that's involved in the accident is liable for a motorcycle accident. It's not uncommon to see drivers make careless mistakes that lead to accidents involving motorcycles. For example, drivers might ignore a motorcyclist while making a left turn, or they may fail to slow down when approaching a motorcycle in traffic.

    The manufacturer of the motorcycle

    Many motor vehicle accidents are often caused by defects in the design or manufacturing of vehicles. Similarly, motorcycle accidents can sometimes get traced back to defects in the bike itself. This could include defects in the brakes, steering system, or any other part of the motorcycle. If you're injured in a motorcycle accident that's caused by a defect, you may be able to hold the manufacturer liable.

    The government

    In some cases, you can hold the government liable for your motorcycle accident. The government is responsible for creating or maintaining roads that are safe for traffic, and when they fail to do so, they can be held liable. This could include instances where a road that's poorly designed or inadequately maintained causes your accident. For instance, if a pothole caused your accident, you may hold the government responsible. The motorcycle operator

    As the operator of a motorcycle, you are also responsible for following the rules of the road. If you're involved in an accident because you violated a traffic law, you may also bear the brunt. For example, if you were speeding and caused an accident, you would likely be at fault.

    It's important to remember that liability for motorcycle accidents can vary depending on the circumstances. If you're involved in an accident, it's best to understand the specifics of your case before making any decisions. It's a good idea to gather as much evidence as possible to get the best outcome for your situation.