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Motorcycle Safety in Ridgefield

Tips from Skilled & Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

Motorcycle safety laws in Connecticut are fairly lax. There is no helmet requirement, unless the motorcyclist is 17 or younger, and the only eye protection laws are those established by nationally accepted standards put in place over 30 years ago; however, even with head to toe protection, motorcycle accidents often result in serious or fatal injuries for bikers. The best way to avoid injury is to avoid accidents. The best way to avoid accidents is through practicing motorcycle safety.

Basic Safety Guidelines

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation® offers these tips for biker safety:

  • Be visible – Ensure that your headlights work so that motorists can see you effectively day and night. The use of reflective strips can also make you more visible in oncoming traffic. They also encourage you to use your brake lights and know where blind spots may be in trucks and cars.
  • Dress for safety – Unlike cars, motorcyclists have little protection between them and the road. Wear reflective gear, a helmet and bright colored clothing or reflective strips. Wearing leather and long, protective gear can help, too.
  • Apply effective mental strategies – Make sure that you are always aware of your surroundings and look before crossing lanes, moving through an intersection and responding to motorists. Do not drink and drive and follow posted speed limit signs and rules of the road.
  • Know your bike and how to use it – Having proper training and licensing with the motorcycle you will be using is imperative to ensure that you are safe. Know the conditions and the road before riding.

As many a motorcyclist knows, even following these safety tips may not be enough to prevent a motorcycle accident. If you are involved in an accident, a Ridgefield motorcycle accident lawyer from our firm can help you fight to get the maximum compensation you deserve.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in or near Bloomfield, Bridgeport, Danbury, East Haven, Georgetown, Hamden, New Fairfield, Newtown, Ridgefield, or Stamford, Connecticut, please contact Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP to schedule a free consultation as soon as possible.

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