Connecticut enjoyed some unseasonably warm weather this past weekend and many motorcycle riders returned to the roadways. Although motorcycle accidents do not tend to occur more frequently than other types of motor vehicle accidents, according to government statistics, the risk of a resulting fatality was 35 times more likely for a motorcyclist than for passengers of other motor vehicles.
Connecticut motorcycle accidents occur more frequently due to certain situations. Hence, all motorcycle riders must be aware of these situations so they can reduce the level of their risk of being involved in a fatal or severe motorcycle accident.
One of the most dangerous situations for a motorcyclist is a head-on collision. These accidents account for more than 50% of all motorcycle accident death cases. Interestingly, 95% of the time, these occur when a motor vehicle operator strikes the motorcycle operator from the front, and only 5% of the time, are these the result of rear-end collisions.
Another hazardous riding situation occurs when a motor vehicle operator makes a left-hand turn in front of a motorcyclist. These collisions account for more than 40% of all accidents involving a motorcycle and another motor vehicle. Generally, these accidents occur when a motorcyclist is proceeding through an intersection, is passing a motor vehicle, or is attempting to overtake a motor vehicle and is struck- or strikes- a motor vehicle turning in front of them.
Lane splitting is a hazardous maneuver that occurs when a motorcycle operator drives between two motor vehicles which would not be considered a valid lane of traffic. Sometimes these accidents occur because the motor vehicle operator does not expect a motorcycle to pass them in their own lane of traffic, or they are startled by the loud noise, which might result from a motorcycle splitting the lane and strike the motorcycle.
Motorcycle operators also need to be on the lookout for objects in the roadway, which could create a crashing hazard. These include potholes, branches, rocks, or other objects, animals running onto the roadway, or other hazards.
One of the most preventable ways of not being involved in a fatal motorcycle accident is not to drink and drive and not speed. The risk of being involved in a serious Connecticut motor vehicle accident or dying in a motorcycle accident goes up significantly when alcohol is involved or when the motorcyclist is speeding. Both of these things considerably reduce the time in which a motorcycle operator has to react to the potential hazard. For more information on drunk driving accidents, click here. If you or a loved one is dealing with substance abuse issues, call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or click here.
If you or someone you know has been injured or has died, as a result of a Connecticut motorcycle accident, then you need to seek immediate counsel from an experienced Connecticut motorcycle injury lawyer. Our Connecticut accident lawyers represent clients on a contingency fee basis and advance the costs for all accident-related expenses. In other words, you will not have any costs or expenses unless on until we recover money damages for you.
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