The weather in Connecticut is starting to warm up and motorcycle riders are looking forward to using the roadways more frequently. Unfortunately, as more and more people begin to their ride motorcycles, the number of accident cases in Connecticut will begin to rise as well. As a former motorcycle rider, and someone who is been hit by a car while riding, I know all too well about the dangers that confront motorcyclists. Below, I explain what you can do to prevent a motorcycle accident.
Motorcycle Safety Tips
There are a number of things that a motorcycle rider can do to help reduce the risk of being involved in a motorcycle accident. Performing a safety check and making sure your motorcycle is roadworthy before you ride is an important part of motorcycle safety. Whenever you go for a ride on your motorcycle, you should wear a helmet, protective clothing, and bright, reflective colors.
There are a couple of other things that a Connecticut motorcycle rider can do to limit their risk of being in an accident. Studies have shown that as many as 50% of all serious motorcycle accidents are caused because of the motorcycle operator being intoxicated or consuming alcohol. Naturally, a person should never drink if they are going to operate a motorcycle. Motorcycle riders should also drive defensively and always be on the lookout for potentially dangerous situations that might create an accident.
There are two situations motorcycle operators commonly encounter that are especially dangerous:
- Cars making left-hand turns in front of a motorcyclist
- The failure of the driver to yield the right-of-way to the motorcycle operator
In many instances, both of these accident situations can be avoided if the motorcycle operator is driving defensively and looking ahead in traffic to anticipate these conditions.
As a motorcyclist, you need to be aware of the fact that many car drivers who attempt to change lanes often do not see a motorcycle in their blind spot, so be on the lookout for this situation as well. If you are driving in a city location, it is common for a motor vehicle operator or passenger to open their door into an oncoming motorcyclist. If you ride your motorcycle in a busy city, you need to look ahead and anticipate this particular situation too.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a motorcycle accident in Connecticut that was caused by the fault of another person, you should consult with our legal team to find out what legal options are available for you. We provide Connecticut accident victims with free books written by us that will provide you with very valuable information. These books are available through our website.
Contact our team of Ridgefield motorcycle accident lawyers to set up your free case consultation today.