DECEMBER 2020 FEATURES


Robbie Maddison Teaches Kids to Ride

With The eFTR Jr – Indian Motorcycle

Robbie Madison and sons picture

As you may know, Indian Motorcycle recently announced the eFTR Jr, the company’s first electric youth offering, designed to cater to the next generation of riders.

The minibike is making a great gift this holiday season for parents with a love for motorcycling who are looking to hand it down. Among those is Professional Stunt Rider Robbie Maddison who is featured in Indian Motorcycle’s latest #HandItDown video sharing his passion for two wheels with his boys Kruz and Jagger.


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Pass The RPM Act Before The End Of The Year

Tell Congress To Support Our Right To Race!

The Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act (RPM Act, H.R. 5434 and S. 2602) has one more chance to pass both chambers of Congress before the end of the legislative session. Lawmakers must hear from supporters of the RPM Act before they decide which issues will be addressed in the final days of the year.

The bipartisan RPM Act would ensure that converting motor vehicles into competition-only vehicles remains legal. Street-legal motorcycles are considered motor vehicles under the federal Clean Air Act.

The RPM Act states that it was the clear intent of Congress when passing and amending the Clean Air Act that motor vehicles, including motorcycles, used solely for competition would be exempt from the Clean Air Act’s prohibitions against modifying emissions control devices.

The American Motorcyclist Association supports the bill and its protections for amateur and professional racing enthusiasts.

Tell your elected officials that you support the RPM Act by clicking the Take Action button below. 


7 Tips for Recovering Your Losses After a Motorcycle Accident

When you are involved in a motorcycle accident, securing just compensation for your losses can be an important part of the recovery process. From medical bills to lost wages, and from pain and suffering to post-traumatic stress, the costs of your injuries can add up quickly, and they can impact all aspects of your daily life.

Unfortunately, securing just compensation after a motorcycle accident is easier said than done. While the insurance companies are required to process your claim in good faith, they are not required to calculate your losses for you. Whether you have a liability claim against the driver who hit you or you need to seek coverage under your own policy, it is going to be up to you to make sure you receive the full compensation you deserve.

With this in mind, what should you do in the aftermath of a motorcycle accident?

1. Collect as Much Evidence and Information as Possible

To prove liability for your motorcycle accident, you need to have evidence. Photos from the accident scene, witness testimony, video footage, the damage to your motorcycle and riding gear, and your recollections can all potentially be useful in pursuing your claim for damages. With this in mind, you should be sure to keep anything you have that may be useful as evidence in your motorcycle accident claim, and you should take detailed notes to record your recollections as soon as possible.

2. Take Your Medical Needs Seriously

When recovering from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident, you need to take your medical care seriously. Follow your doctor’s advice or seek a second opinion if you deem it necessary, but do not merely ignore your medical needs.

3. Keep All Insurance, Medical and Employment Records Related to the Accident

As time goes on, you will receive various records related to your accident, injuries, and employment (if you miss time from work). Make it a habit to keep these records when you receive them, and store them all safely to give to your attorney.

4. Do Not Post about the Accident on Social Media

While it may be tempting to post about your accident on social media, you will want to refrain from doing so. Even if you think that what you are posting is harmless, there is a good chance that the insurance companies will find a way to use it against you.

5. Start a Daily “Pain Journal”

It can be a bit of a nuisance; but, to maximize your compensation for your non-financial losses (i.e., pain and suffering), you will want to start a daily “pain journal.” Each day, make a note of things like:

  • Your pain level when you wake up
  • Your pain level at various points throughout the day
  • Your doctor’s appointments and physical therapy sessions
  • Any exercises or other rehabilitation you do at home
  • Family activities and events you miss as a result of your pain or injuries

6. Prioritize Your Health and Recovery

Depending on the nature and severity of your injuries, the recovery process could take months, if not longer. While it will get tiresome, you need to continue to prioritize your health and your recovery. Keep seeing your doctor and physical therapist, keep resting at home and avoid doing anything that could delay your recovery and jeopardize your claim for financial compensation.

7. Do Not Settle Your Insurance Claim Too Soon 

Finally, when you have a claim for compensation following a motorcycle accident, you need to make sure that you do not settle your claim too soon. Once you settle, your claim is over, and the insurance companies will be well within their rights to deny payment of additional compensation. Be patient, do what is necessary to assert your legal rights effectively, and do not let the insurance companies dictate your claim’s outcome.

Article submitted by Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley PA