May = Motorcycle Safety Month
This past May was Motorcycle Safety Month, but when it comes to riding motorcycles on Connecticut roads and highways, every month should be focused on safety. That’s because motorcycles, while exciting, can also be quite dangerous. Operators and passengers are incredibly exposed, leaving them vulnerable to severe injuries in the event of an accident.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2014, motorcyclist fatalities occurred 27 times more frequently than those in all other vehicles, and injuries occurred at 6 times the rate. The NHTSA also found that 43% of motorcycle operators in fatal crashes were impaired by alcohol intoxication.
Those numbers paint a stark picture. When it comes to operating motorcycles, safety needs to be a primary concern at all times. Many factors make motorcycles more dangerous, such as their smaller size and more limited visibility to other drivers on the road. Unsafe riding practices, such as downshifting and weaving, also can lead to more accidents. And there is often a lack of awareness among other drivers about how to safely share the road with motorcycles.
Motorcycle Safety Tips
Motorcycle safety can help prevent many accidents.
- Operators should not take their bikes on the road without being sure that everything is working properly. Defective parts or poorly maintained vehicles are often the cause of accidents.
- Inexperienced motorcyclists should always drive within their ability, avoiding heavy traffic or poor weather conditions when they aren’t ready for it.
- Riders should always wear proper protective gear. While adult riders are not required by Connecticut law to wear helmets, it’s still a good idea, as motorcyclists wearing helmets are 37% less likely to die in a crash.
- Operators should drive cautiously, especially in heavy traffic. Many accidents occur because the driver of a vehicle does not realize the motorcycle is there.
- Most importantly, as with all motor vehicles, avoid consuming alcohol or drugs before getting on a motorcycle.
Tragically, no amount of safety preparation can completely prevent accidents from occurring. Driver negligence can take many forms, such as reckless driving, fatigue, speeding, or driving under the influence. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a motorcycle accident caused by someone else, you need representation that understands motorcycles and can advocate on your behalf.
Bikers Who Know the Law
At Naizby Law, the majority of our legal team grew up riding motorcycles. We’ll aggressively seek total compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and any pain and suffering associated with your motorcycle accident. Contact us today at (203) 245-8500 to schedule a free consultation.
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