FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Over the Memorial Day weekend in Fort Wayne, there were two motorcycle crashes resulting in either serious injury or death. With riding season in full swing and bikers eager to hit the streets, it’s important to keep driving and riding safety in mind.
Jason Patton, assistant manager at Harley-Davidson of Fort Wayne has been riding for 15 years.
He knows what can happen in motorcycle crashes.
Patton said "I’ve seen people with broken bones, you know. Quite a few of my close customers have come in with some fairly severe injuries and a couple of them have passed away as well."
Sergeant Brian Walker with the Indiana State Police says car drivers paying attention to their surroundings is key.
"Distracted driving is the number one cause for most of our accidents or crashes," Walker said. "With motorcycles in particular, we have a lot of blind spots in all of our vehicles where just don’t tend to pick up those motorcycles coming up or passing, or when we’re changing lanes, getting over and we need to pay a lot more attention."
Patton and other riders are seeing what people are paying attention to while on their bikes.
"A lot of people paying attention to their cell phones. Not paying attention to really anything going on around them. You see people doing their hair. Even I’ve seen on the highway a lady using her laptop while cruising down the highway.," Patton explained.
For motorcycle riders, slowing your speed and giving yourself distance to both break and change lanes can help give drivers a better chance to see you. Sergeant Walker says dressing for the occasion could help if you’re in a crash.
"All the gear, all the time. Wearing protective legwear, protective jackets, full length. Protect their arms and legs. Protective shoe wear. They need to make themselves safer in what they’re wearing." Walker said.
Also, if you’re someone new to riding a motorcycle you’re encouraged to take a driving course to keep you safer while out on the road.
In the end, everyone wants to get where they need to go.
So, slow down, pay attention, and you could keep someone alive to ride another day.