The month of May has been proclaimed Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month in the state of Indiana by Governor Mike Pence, who is partnering with ABATE in urging motorists to check twice in looking for the motorcyclists with whom they share the road.
Studies show that in two-thirds of multiple-vehicle accidents involving motorcycles, the driver of the other vehicle violated the motorcyclists’ right-of-way, causing the collision. Multiple-vehicle crashes account for approximately 75 percent of all motorcycle accidents, and in light of that, the governor and ABATE are urging cooperation between all road users for successful traffic management and roadway safety.
Because 92 percent of accident-involved riders are self-taught and have no formal training, ABATE of Indiana is offering motorcycle rider courses to supply riders with the skills and strategies to prepare them for riding on the roads and deal with hazards in order to avoid accidents. More than 100,000 people have benefited from these classes, of which ABATE is the largest provider in the state.
More than 200,000 motorcycles were registered in Indiana in 2008, 2009, and 2010, with fatalities declining in 2009 and 2010. However, the state has introduced no substantial changes in laws pertaining to motorcycles, indicating rider education and motorcycle awareness campaigns as being responsible for the reduction of crashes in Indiana.
If we intend to maintain this trend of fewer accidents, the continued efforts of Hoosiers are necessary. Remember to “Save a Life – Be Aware – Motorcycles Are Everywhere.”