Connecticut motorcycle riders often feel passionate about being on the road in the open air, but this experience brings severe risks. According to the NHTSA, motorcyclists account for nearly thirty times as many fatalities and about four times as many injuries as occupants of other passenger vehicles. While these statistics are sobering, you can minimize many risks by taking preventative actions.
We fully appreciate and understand the risk/reward trade-off as Dr. Mike has been an avid rider for over three decades. Below, our experienced personal injury attorneys from The Doctor Lawyer Team offer seven essential safety tips for Connecticut motorcyclists.
As the motorcycle operator, you and any passenger should wear proper protective gear, including a Full-Face helmet for the best protection. Look for the European ECE 22.05 standard or the Snell Foundation standard since they provide more safety than the minimum USDOT approval standard.
When dressing for a motorcycle ride, prepare to counter any impact or abrasion resulting from a collision or accident. You and your passengers' protective gear should include:
Always inspect your motorcycle before you ride to ensure it is in working order to identify and address potential problems. Before you take your motorcycle for a ride, you must first:
You should be well-rested and alert, ready to anticipate and react with short notice to issues on the road. All participants should test communication such as helmet intercom systems. Ensure new motorcycle passengers follow essential motorcycle passenger basics and practice making turns at a slower pace in a parking lot before taking them on the road.
Wear bright and visible colors to make you more visible to drivers. Ensure your motorcycle has proper reflectors. Ride defensively, aiming to prevent any surprises as you communicate with drivers.
Avoid sudden movements like lane changes, especially at close range to other vehicles. Give the drivers around you more time to adjust by putting distance between your motorcycle and other vehicles.
There is almost nothing to protect you from other vehicles, the ground, or environmental objects. Remain consistently vigilant of hazards on the road, whether resulting from street disrepair, weather, animals, bicyclists, pedestrians, or other drivers.
Losing control of your motorcycle at any moment can lead to severe injury or death of yourself or others. You must know the implications of losing control while taking steps to limit dangerous obstacles. Anticipate and adjust to conditions you encounter in the street.
Be prepared. Whether you will be immediately addressing your injuries with a first aid kit or you are injured and unable to communicate with medical personnel, appropriate preparation can mean the difference between life and death.
Make an extra effort to communicate with other drivers; there should be no question whether they understand your next moves. Unexpected actions among motorcyclists pose dangers to riders and drivers of other vehicles that are generally not looking for motorcycles. Faster speeds or sharper turns translate to decreased reaction time and a decrease in control.
Beyond the minimum required education and licensing for motorcyclists in Connecticut, more advanced training options can make you a better and safer motorcycle operator. The Experienced Rider Course (ERC) is for riders with six months and 600 miles of experience. The Advanced Rider Course (ARC) develops better safety awareness skills such as perception of road hazards and crash avoidance. These and other courses can help you improve your knowledge and refresh your memory regarding best safety practices.
Despite your best efforts, avoiding an accident is not always possible. If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident in Connecticut and need a personal injury attorney, contact The Doctor Lawyer Team. Our veteran-owned personal injury law firm provides a unique combination of advanced medical and legal knowledge with backgrounds as a board-certified surgeon and a former judge who was previously a federal prosecutor. If you need a motorcycle attorney, contact us at (833) DLT-WINS; (833) 358-9467 or fill out our online form for a free case evaluation. We charge no fees unless we recover compensation for you. The Doctor Lawyer Team — Join the Winning Team
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