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Everyone on the road can work to prevent motorcycle accidents


Posted on behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Aug 13, 2014 in Motorcycle Accidents

After several months of weather that makes it possible for cars and motorcycles to share the road, many drivers of automobiles and motorcycles in the state of Connecticut have become accustomed to each other. Despite this level of comfort, accidents, sometimes resulting in the death of the motorcyclist, nonetheless continue to occur. To wit, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety indicates that when it comes to dying in a motor vehicle accident, motorcyclists are 30 times more likely than other drivers to meet this fate. Accordingly, it is worth revisiting tips all drivers can follow to try to keep these incidents to a minimum.

In many cases motorcycle accidents occur when the driver of a car fails to see the much smaller vehicle on the road. Specific situations that might prompt such an incident include where a car is changing lanes and runs a motorcycle off the road or when a vehicle turns into the path of a motorcycle while attempting to make a left turn.

Even when a motorcycle accident is not fatal it can result in serious injuries. These injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Paralysis

There are of course things that motorcyclists can do to protect themselves as well. The first thing is to be aware of the other vehicles on the road and what they are doing. Similarly, paying attention to hazards that might be on the road is a good idea. Only taking the motorcycle out in good weather is another way to reduce the risk of an accident occurring, as is riding the right bike in the correct manner.

Source: WFSB, “Motorcycle safety tips for riders and drivers,” Erin Connolly and Olivia Lank, July 19, 2014