Gibson County – Wednesday night, May 30, at approximately 8:30 p.m., Indiana State Police responded to 9665 South C.R. 1075 West near Owensville after a motorcycle rider lost control and crashed.
Preliminary investigation revealed Justin Harris, 27, of Owensville, was riding his 1980 Yamaha motorcycle southbound on C.R. 1075 South at a high rate of speed. Harris lost control, drove into the ditch on the west side of the roadway causing the motorcycle to flip several times. Harris was thrown from the motorcycle and struck a nearby mailbox. Harris was taken to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville where he is being treated for fractures to his left arm and leg. The motorcycle was totaled.
• Justin Harris, 27, 9664 South C.R. 1075 West, Owensville, IN
Investigating Officer: Trooper Wes Kuykendall, Indiana State Police
Assisting Agency: Owensville Town Marshall’s Office
Source: Indiana State Police news release
The early warm weather of this spring has brought increased motorcycle traffic with Hoosiers riding for recreation and transportation. The Indiana State Police offer theses safe driving tips so that everyone can share Indiana roads safely.
Tips for passenger vehicles:
• Watch attentively for motorcycles. Check blinds spots before changing lanes and look twice at intersections before you turn or pull out into traffic. Use your turn signals when changing lanes.
• Anticipate hazards that may confront a motorcyclist like large pot holes, debris, or other hazardous road conditions. Allow at least two seconds of following distance between your vehicle and a motorcycle.
• Be cautious and observant when turning left. This is a primary cause of crashes between vehicles and motorcycles.
• Remember, motorcycles are entitled to operate in a full lane.
• Obey all traffic laws.
Tips for motorcycle riders:
• Wear protective equipment and clothing, especially a helmet with face shield.
• Make yourself visible by wearing bright clothing, using reflective tape and by using your motorcycle’s headlight. Always use turn signals when changing lanes and turning.
• Check your motorcycle before each ride, and do not ride if any equipment is not operating properly.
• Look for road hazards. Be especially cautious around intersections, alleys, driveways, and other areas where an animal, pedestrian, or vehicle might enter your path.
• Avoid riding in the blind spot of other vehicles.
• Ride defensively; always leave enough reaction time for unexpected movements from other vehicles.
• When operating a motorcycle during inclement weather, slow down and use extra caution. Avoid sudden changes in direction or speed.
• Never ride impaired.
• Never perform “wheelies” or other tricks.
Motorcycles are harder to see then other vehicles; consequently, many crashes occur because other motorists don’t see the motorcycle. All motorists should take the time for a second look before pulling into an intersection or making a turn. It only takes a second to save a life.
*Information courtesy of Indiana State Police