Of the many different forms of transportation used across the nation, motorcycles are particularly popular, with nearly 8.5 million individuals licensed to drive a motorcycle across the U.S. These vehicles offer an appealing alternative to other vehicles due to their compact size and increased gas mileage, but they also offer less protection from other drivers on the road. Many cars do not watch carefully for motorcyclists or misjudged the distance between themselves and these smaller vehicles. This can result in dangerous accidents, with life threatening results.
Across Indiana many people choose motorcycles as their primary mode of transportation, and the Indiana motorcycle safety program aims to increase the public awareness of motorcycles on the road. Despite this however, numerous accidents involving motorcycles still occur and in 2015 alone, there were 108 fatal motorcycle crashes in Indiana. Fox 59 has reported on several of the recent motorcycle accidents in Indianapolis. In April of 2017, a motorcyclist was severely injured in a crash early in the morning near Rockville Road. The motorcyclist was driving along the road when a truck turned left into his path. The rider was taken to a local hospital in serious condition, but his injuries are not life threatening. Another accident, that Fox 59 reported on, occurred in June of 2017, near Georgetown road. The vehicle attempted to pull out into the roadway and the motorcyclist stopped abruptly to avoid a crash. This motion sent him over the handlebars or his bike, and he hit his head on the pavement. Although the cyclist was rushed to the hospital, his injuries were severe and he later died. In both of these cases, the drivers of the other vehicles remained at the scene, and they are under investigation from the Indianapolis police.
Both of these incidents indicate a serious lack of awareness that many drivers have about motorcyclists on the road. This led them to take actions which put the bikers in serious danger, and they could not avoid an accident. Although the drivers of the vehicle made the correct decision to remain on the scene, they must still face the consequences of injuring and killing another driver. Drivers of all vehicles must take extreme care to ensure that they are aware of all other people and drivers on the road. While it can be difficult for drivers to recognize a vehicle as small as a motorcycle on the road, with increased caution and preparation, they may be more capable of preventing motorcycle accidents.
The families and loved ones of these drivers are almost certainly facing significant emotional pain as a result of these accidents. Not only must they manage their grief, but they must also face the financial consequences of this loss of life and loss of income. Fortunately, Indianapolis personal injury lawyers are prepared to help families receive compensation in situations such as this. Although financial assistance will not end the pain of this loss, it can help maintain financial stability during this difficult time.