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.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a
Connecticut motorcycle accident you can visit our website at
www.HCWLAW.com and download a free copy of our book on Connecticut motorcycle accidents.
This valuable free resource will tell you what you should be doing, what
you should not be doing, how you can get better medical care, how you
can get better quicker, how you can develop your lost wage claim, and
what you can do to help get more money for your Connecticut motorcycle
accident case. You can also call and speak with one of our Connecticut
motorcycle accident attorneys 888-244-5480 where you can get your questions
answered over the telephone or you can
schedule a free consultation we will be happy to meet with you to specifically advise you as to what
you should be doing.