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Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Mar 11, 2013 in Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle enthusiasts and riders from across the country head down south during this week in order to take part in Bike Week. The event draws many people from states like Connecticut where roads are not quite safe enough for motorcycle riding, and motorcyclists enjoy the opportunity to get out on the open road in states with warmer weather.

But with the influx of motorcycles on the road during Bike Week comes an increased chance that riders will be involved in a serious motorcycle accident. Crashes during this event come as a harsh reminder of the dangers that motorcyclists face on the road every day. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident contact one of our experienced New Haven motorcycle accident attorneys today for a free, no obligation consultation. 

Recently, two riders from Connecticut were involved in a serious accident during Bike Week. Both men were riding their Harley Davidson motorcycles on the highway when the crash occurred. A truck driver was backing his truck into a private driveway and was blocking the northbound lane in which both bikers were traveling. The two riders tried to avoid the truck obstructing their lane, but they could not.

The first rider clipped the front of the truck and was injured, but the second rider was unable to swerve out of the way of the truck and was killed when he hit the side of the truck. There were no reports of injuries to the truck driver.

Motorcyclists are very vulnerable on the roads. Bikes do not offer the same type of protection that passenger vehicles and trucks have, so often times a crash with a car or truck can end up causing catastrophic or fatal injuries for a rider. This is why it is crucial that motorists take care to observe motorcyclists and share the road with them in a responsible and safe manner. When drivers are negligent, victims of a motorcycle accident have the right to hold the driver accountable for any resulting damages and injuries.

Source: StAugustine.com, "Bike Week claims first fatality locally," Sheldon Gardner, March 9, 2013