Those people here in Indiana who ride motorcycles may say that the sense of freedom they feel is what they enjoy the most. However, the open air and sense of freedom that a cycle may offer can also mean that riders are not as well-protected as those who drive in more-traditional, enclosed motor vehicles. The risks for a severe motorcycle accident that can hurt or even kill a rider are far greater than those faced by motorists in cars, trucks and the like.
Motorcycles do not have the same amount of stability that a traditional car does. If something happens that requires a quick response, the rider may be injured because it is more difficult to remain upright. The smaller size means they are not as visible on roadways and may be struck by other vehicles that do not see them — many accidents involving motorcycles happen when a car turns left into them as the motorcycle attempted to pass by. Deaths of motorcycle riders are rising, possibly because many people are now using them for basic transportation and not just leisure since the recession drove up gas prices.
Motorcycles are often designed with speed in mind, a capability that might encourage some riders to drive in a manner that is unsafe. Some companies are responding by installing antilock brake systems and even airbags to reduce crashes and minimize injury when they do occur. Even so, these measures are not foolproof, and both motorcycle riders and other motorists need to stay alert and aware to avoid tragedy.
Those in Indiana who are injured or families who have lost loved ones in a motorcycle accident may decide to file a civil claim. Doing so may result in financial restitution that could help to cover medical expenses, funeral costs and other bills that may result from such a collision. It may be the way for victims and their families to begin the healing process, both physical and mental.
Source: iihs.org, “Motorcycles Q&As“, , Sept. 28, 2014