CT Motorcycle Accidents and How to Avoid Them

Posted by Richard P. Hastings | Sep 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

Connecticut motorcycle accidents happen far too frequently. In addition to being a Connecticut personal injury lawyer, I am also a motorcycle rider and I know all too well that riding a motorcycle can be quite dangerous. I just visited a new client in the hospital yesterday who was very seriously injured after a car made a left-hand turn right in front of him which did not allow him any options other than hitting the car and flying overs handlebars and landing on the road. As motorcycle riders, we tell other people that we are going to be very careful when we are riding but unfortunately most accidents will occur through the negligence or fault of another driver.

So what are some of the things that we can do to make ourselves safer and to avoid being seriously injured or even dying in a Connecticut motorcycle accident? Wearing the proper safety gear, which includes a helmet, bright or reflective clothing, steel-toed boots, and for those who want added protection, a reflective Kevlar jacket with body armor covering the elbows and shoulders as well as leather gloves. These items will make you more visible to other cars and they could literally end up saving your life if you are involved in a motorcycle accident.

If you are a new rider, it would make a great deal of sense to take a motorcycle safety class so you can learn how to protect yourself in the event of an accident or ideally how to avoid being involved in a motorcycle accident. It is also a good idea for even more seasoned riders to take a refresher class to brush up on techniques that can help you avoid an accident. One of the greatest causes of motorcycle accidents that are the fault of other drivers is a left-hand turn. In these types of motorcycle accidents, the driver of the other vehicle will either underestimate your speed or will misjudge the amount of room they have before they turn directly in front of your motorcycle providing you with little or no time to take any evasive action. It is a good idea to not only look in your lane of traffic ahead, but also to look in the other lane of traffic as well as any side streets that you may be approaching to see if there any vehicles that might be in a position to pull out in front of you.

If you expect to be involved in a motorcycle crash it has been suggested that the last thing you want to do is to lay your bike down. Instead, you should try to reduce your speed as quickly as possible before being involved in the collision. You will want to use both brakes, and keep your bike upright, while greatly reducing your speed to improve your chances of walking away from the accident or reducing the severity of your injuries. You should also try and develop a sixth sense about escape routes, places you want to avoid landing (like the oncoming lane of traffic or the woods) and do the best you can to obtain the best possible results.

If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, and it is safe to do so, you should remain where you landed and wait for some type of safety personnel or EMT to arrive at the scene to assess your condition before moving you. If you attempt to get up and move around, you might greatly increase your chances of making your injuries worse. You should also insist upon being taken by ambulance to the nearest hospital so that you can have your medical condition assessed and receive the proper care and treatment. If you have been involved in a Connecticut motorcycle accident it is very important to get the advice and counsel of an experienced Connecticut motorcycle accident attorney at the earliest possible convenience. You should not speak with the insurance company of the at fault party but rather if you are contacted by that company you should advise the adjuster that you have an attorney and you should not give any type of statement or information about the accident.

Our experienced Connecticut injury attorneys and accident lawyers handle these types of cases on a contingency fee basis and advance the costs to develop your case. Therefore, you will not have to come up with any money out of pocket to hire our firm's lawyers to represent you in your Connecticut motorcycle accident case. If there is no recovery, you will not owe any legal fees or costs. We take all of the financial risk so you can concentrate on what's most important is getting better as quickly as possible. You can visit our website at www.hcwlaw.com or you can call our toll-free number at 888-244-5480 and get your questions answered over the telephone or you can set up a free consultation where one of our Connecticut accident lawyers will be happy to answer your questions and specifically advise you as to what you need to be doing.

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Richard P. Hastings

Attorney Hastings concentrates his practice on personal injury and litigation. Devoted to helping those who have suffered some type of wrong, Richard P. Hastings concentrates his law practice on personal injury law.


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