FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

MotorEagles has put together some frequently asked questions regarding motorcycle safety, and some motorcycle accident questions with help from Elk & Elk Co. Ltd.

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What is MotorEagles?

MotorEagles is a motorcycle safety and public awareness campaign, sponsored by the motorcycle accident lawyers at Elk & Elk Co. Ltd. We want to be a resource for both riders and non-riders on how to safely share the road. Through education and outreach, we work to prevent motorcycle accidents.


Q:

What can MotorEagles do for me?

We offer a range of safety resources and advice for every level of motorcycle rider. Whether you are an experienced rider or a novice, we have information and links to resources to help you. Each month, we offer a newsletter with informative articles about safety, motorcycle gear or other issues of interest to motorcyclists.


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Should I wear a helmet?

Motorcycle helmet laws vary from state to state. Only 19 states require all riders to wear helmets, while others require the use of helmets only up to a specific age. So if you live in a state that does not require you to wear a helmet, the choice is up to you. At MotorEagles, we believe that all riders should wear helmets to protect themselves. Does wearing a helmet make a difference? From 2008 to 2010, 14,283 motorcyclists were killed in crashes, and 6,057 (42 percent) of them were not wearing a helmet. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration estimates that helmets saved 1,483 lives in 2009, and another 732 deaths could have been avoided if all riders had worn them.


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How can I ride defensively?

Because of their size and speed, motorcycles can be hard for other motorists to see. At MotorEagles, we have started the “Ride Safe. Ride Smart” campaign to encourage motorcyclists to do their part to keep themselves safe on the road. As part of the campaign, we urge riders to try to avoid other motorists’ blind spots, use turn signals, pay attention to the road and never ride while impaired.


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What do I need to do if I am in a motorcycle accident?

First, seek medical attention for anyone that is injured. Then, collect insurance information from all parties involved, as well as the names of any witnesses. You should write down the facts of the accident, including where the accident occurred, weather conditions at the time of the crash, and any other important details. Finally, call an experienced motorcycle accident attorney.


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