After a long winter, it can be exciting to get your motorcycle out on the open road. Indiana has many long stretches of roads that can be thrilling on a bike.
Along with motorcycle weather comes motorcycle crashes. Between challenging conditions and distracted drivers, staying safe on your bike can be difficult.
Here’s what you should know about motorcycle collisions in Indiana and how you can avoid them.
Knowing the statistics
Riding a motorcycle comes with some inherent risks. If you get into an accident on your bike, you are more vulnerable to injury, even if you wear protective gear like a helmet.
According to the Indiana University Public Policy Institute, 112 motorcyclists died in traffic accidents in 2019. Of the people killed in motorcycle accidents, 30 were wearing helmets.
Staying safe on your bike
Riding a motorcycle can be an exhilarating experience, but it is something that should be done with care. Other motorists often have difficulty seeing motorcyclists because they are much smaller and can easily fit in a blind spot.
When you are on your bike, you should ensure you are as visible as possible. You should wear high-visibility clothing and avoid being in someone’s blind spot for too long. You should also ensure you wear the right gear for protection in case of a crash.
While motorcycling can be dangerous, you can help yourself, and others stay safe if you wear the right gear and take appropriate precautions.