The Herald Bulletin

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March 31, 2014

Elwood city official injured in motorcycle accident

ANDERSON — Elwood's Street Department superintendent was seriously hurt in a motorcycle accident on Monday afternoon.

James D. Robertson, 54, of Elwood, was flown by helicopter from the scene of the rural accident to St. Vincent Hospital Indianapolis on 86th Street to be treated for his injuries.

According to Madison County Sheriff Ron Richardson, Robertson suffered road rash to the head and unknown internal injuries. Robertson's wife, 31-year-old Brandi Robertson, suffered a head injury and road rash to her left arm. She was transported by ambulance to Community Hospital Anderson.

According to Richardson, the accident happened about 4:05 p.m. in the 5700 block of West County Road 200 North. Robertson was driving a 2013 Harley Electra Glide east on 200 North when an empty barrel or trash container flew into the vehicle's path. Richardson said neither person was wearing a helmet.

Robertson is also a former Elwood Police Department officer.

Assisting at the scene were Frankton ambulance, Anderson Fire Department medics and Madison County Emergency Management Agency.

Richardson said he urges motorcyclists to take steps to protect themselves as weather becomes more ideal for riding.

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The warm weather of spring brings increased motorcycle traffic with Hoosiers riding for recreation and transportation. Nationally, motorcycle riders are involved in thousands of crashes resulting in disabling injuries and death. The Indiana State Police offers 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 generally poor road conditions. Allow at least 2 seconds of following distance between your vehicle and a motorcycle. • Be cautious when turning left. This is a primary cause of crashes between vehicles and motorcycles. • Share the road, motorcyclists 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; your motorcycle's headlight should be illuminated night and day. 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 other vehicles' blind spots. • Give yourself plenty of room. Never tailgate and leave enough time to react to 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.

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