Connecticut motorcycle riders know all too well the dangers of riding on our roadways. As a Connecticut motorcycle owner I have personally witnessed the situations that give rise to the potential for a motorcycle accident which include but are not limited to the following:
- Distracted or inattentive drivers
- People violating basic motor vehicle laws such as failing to stop at a stop sign, speeding or making improper turns
- People who drink and drive or drive recklessly
- Dangerous or defective roadways
There are a number of things that you can do as a motorcycle rider to help reduce your risk of being involved in a Connecticut motorcycle accident. It is a very good idea, especially if you are a new motorcycle rider to take a basic rider course where you can learn the basics of motorcycle riding as well as practice the lessons you learn in class. If you are a seasoned rider consider taking a refresher course so we can go over safety tips and techniques. You should also wear the proper safety gear which will help to reduce your risk of a serious injury if you are involved in a Connecticut motorcycle crash. Wearing a helmet, jacket, gloves and brightly colored or reflective clothing will help protect you and make you more visible to others out on the roadway.
Because when you ride a motorcycle you are much more exposed to experiencing a serious physical injury or even dying, it is very important that you strictly follow the rules of the road. Never, drink and drive. You should follow the posted speed limit and obey all other motor vehicle laws. If you engage in any of this potentially reckless conduct, while operating a motorcycle, you can greatly increase the risk of your being involved in an accident.
One of the most common causes of a motorcycle accident is having a car, truck or other motor vehicle suddenly turn in front of you. These accidents can occur because of this distracted driving-which is becoming an epidemic- speeding, inattentiveness, or the other driver just lacking the experience needed to avoid such a collision. As a motorcycle operator it is incumbent upon you to be ever mindful of the dangers that are present on our roadways and to always keep an eye out for other cars might create some great risk of an accident. In other words, to ALWAYS drive defensively!
You should understand as a motorcycle rider that there are a number of situations where a heightened risk of an accident might occur. These situations could involve intersections, driveways, parking lots or intersecting roadways. You should understand that there is always the threat that you could be involved in an accident and you should be prepared to take evasive action. When stopping in traffic, leave enough room between your motorcycle and the vehicle in front of you so that if you see someone behind you who appears to be in a position where they will not be up to stop in time you can move to the side of the vehicle in front of you without being stuck from behind.
Some safety experts have indicated that your best chance to survive a motor vehicle collision comes from reducing your speed as much as possible prior to impact. One of the best ways that you can do this is by following the posted speed limit and by reducing your speed when situations warrant. If you are going to be involved in a collision, a number of reports indicate that the last thing you should do is lay your bike down because of the increased risk of great physical injury. If you properly educate yourself, wear protective and reflective clothing, be ever mindful of your circumstances and surroundings, watch for other motor vehicles who might be engaging in potentially dangerous driving activities, be on high alert for other cars or vehicles that might create the potential for an accident, watch for defects or problems with the roadway and practice driving in parking lots or other safe areas where you can get and develop skills then you can certainly reduce the risk of being involved in a Connecticut motorcycle accident.