Completing a motorcycle safety course in Indiana can improve your skills and make you a safer, more competent rider. Ride Safe Indiana (RSI) offers an Entry Level Motorcycle Safety Course for beginners and an Advanced Skills Motorcycle Training Course for experienced riders at several locations throughout the state.
Our firm’s founder, Randall Sevenish, is the Lawyer Who Rides. As a motorcycle enthusiast himself, Sevenish knows both the thrills and dangers inherent in motorcycle riding. We encourage all motorcyclists to complete a training course to help ensure their safety and the safety of others on the roadway.
Motorcycle Safety Courses Offer Classroom and Practical Training
According to RSI, entry-level motorcycle safety courses offer riders five hours of classroom instruction and 10 hours of practical riding instruction in a controlled, off-street environment. Course participants can expect to learn about:
- Types of motorcycles
- Safety gear
- Layout and operation of basic motorcycle controls
- The dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Straight-line riding
- Emergency braking
- Risk awareness
The price and location of the course vary based on the instructor, and motorcycles are provided to participants free of charge. Riders who complete the course and pass a knowledge exam and riding-skill evaluation will receive a graduation document.
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Do You Have to Complete a Safety Courses to Obtain a Motorcycle License in Indiana?
Residents at least 16 years and 90 days of age must have a valid driver’s license and complete an RSI-approved motorcycle safety course in Indiana to obtain a motorcycle endorsement.
Residents 16 years and 270 days old with a valid driver’s license do not have to take a safety course. However, they must pass a written exam at their local branch of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) and a riding skills exam at an authorized RSI training location. The BMV will waive the written and skills exam if you have completed a safety course and present the bureau with your graduation document.
Completing a Motorcycle Safety Course Could Lower Your Insurance Rates
According to the BMV, all Indiana motorists, including motorcycle riders, must have liability insurance to pay for accidents they cause. The state requires coverage minimums of $25,000 for bodily injury/death to one person, $50,000 for bodily injury/death per accident, and $25,000 for property damages.
The cost of a liability insurance policy varies based on your age, driving record, your insurance provider’s rates, and other factors. However, some insurance companies offer a reduced rate to motorcycle riders who have completed a safety course.
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Hundreds of Motorcyclists Suffer Injuries on Indiana Roadways
Completing an Indiana motorcycle safety course can provide you with valuable skills to help you avoid a collision. However, even the most experienced and well-trained riders are not immune to accidents, especially those that others’ negligence cause.
According to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, motorcycle crashes resulted in more than 1,800 injuries and 112 fatalities in Indiana in 2019. Because motorcyclists do not have the protections of a vehicle cab, crash injuries can be severe and may include:
- Broken, fractured, or crushed bones
- Facial injuries
- Severe cuts, scrapes, and bruising (“road rash”)
- Shoulder, neck, and back injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
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Our Motorcycle Accident Attorney Can Pursue Compensation for Collision
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident, a personal injury attorney with our firm can help you recover compensation from the liable party. If your accident resulted from another driver’s negligent, wrongful, or reckless behavior, you may qualify for financial awards, including:
- Current and expected medical treatment, including emergency transportation and services, hospital and doctor bills, physical therapy, medications, medical equipment and devices, long-term nursing care, and any other reasonable and necessary medical needs
- Physical pain, emotional suffering, and mental anguish, including stress, depression, loss of mobility, loss of a bodily function, sleep disorders, chronic pain, anxiety, and loss of enjoyment of life
- Lost wages and earnings, including back pay, benefits, bonuses, tips, retirement contributions, and lost future earning capacity
- Property damages, including the cost of repairing or replacing your motorcycle, equipment, and damaged personal items
If your loved one sustained a fatal injury, we can assist with seeking wrongful death compensation. Financial recovery may include your loved one’s accident-related medical bills, funeral and burial costs, and lost income. In addition, surviving family members may qualify for awards for the loss of the deceased’s love, care, and guidance.
Do Not Wait Too Long to Take Action
According to IC § 34-11-2-4, you have two years from your accident to file a personal injury case in Indiana. Likewise, you have two years from your loved one’s passing to sue for wrongful death, according to IC § 34-23-1-1. If the statute of limitations runs out, the court will likely dismiss your case. An expired time limit can also hurt your chances of a successful insurance settlement.
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We can help you get started on your motorcycle accident case with a free consultation. Contact us today to learn more about how we can protect your rights and fight for fair compensation for your injuries and losses.