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Motorcycle Crashes On The Rise In Indiana

The number of motorcycle and moped crashes has increased 5 percent since last year.

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Motorcycle and moped crashes in Indiana higher than last year.

Preliminary statistics show an increase in motorcycle crashes in Indiana this year.

There have been more than 3,700 motorcycle and moped crashes so far this year according to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. That’s five percent more than all motorcycle and moped crashes in 2011.

Jay Jackson is the state Executive Director for American Bikers Aimed Toward Education. He says that could be because the mild winter weather allowed motorcyclists to ride earlier in the year. But he also says the motorcyclists can’t be solely blamed for the increase.

“In the single vehicle motorcycle crashes, we question what happened and it appears as though, likely some error was made by the motorcycle rider,” he says. ”In multiple vehicle crashes, more often than not it is the cause of the other vehicle, the motorist, that has violated the right-away of the motorcyclist.”

Junior and President of the Indiana University Riding Club, Alex Jerden was recently in a motorcycle accident in Bloomington. He names three things that he thinks contributed to his crash.

“One there are a lot of people that just aren’t from here, that don’t know the roads. Two, the roads are constantly in construction this year is something that I’ve noticed.  There’s road construction everywhere. As soon as they finish one, they start on another,” he says. “My third reason, as a result of that [construction] I feel like a lot of people can get confused taking detours and routes that they don’t use on a daily basis.”

Jackson and Jerden agree both motorcyclists and motorists could be better educated about sharing the road. They say that could help reduce accidents in the future.

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