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Make motorcycle safety a priority in the off season


Posted on behalf of Mark F. Griffin of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Feb 24, 2015 in Motorcycle Accidents

Though most motorcyclists in the state of Connecticut have not been on their bikes for months, it is likely many are counting the days until they can pull them out again. While currently they cannot take to the roads for long rides, they can prepare for that first ride of the season by thinking about safety precautions they can take to be safe when that day does arrive.

The first thing is to look into taking a motorcycle safety course. Spring is right around the corner and entities throughout the state will likely soon be offering courses.

Next, motorcyclists can evaluate the condition of their safety equipment and if necessary, purchase replacements. In addition to wearing a helmet that meets the standards of the U.S. Department of Transportation, long sleeved shirts and pants that are either leather or armored can help to minimize the injuries suffered in an accident, should it occur. This is also the case with footwear that fits over the ankle and is closed-toed. Donning clothing that is reflective may actually help to prevent accidents.

Taking time to consider how you will handle certain situations should they arise is also a good thing to do when you are not able to actually get out and ride. Having a plan for how you will handle an animal, person or vehicle that appears in your path could be the difference between life and death.

When the day does arrive in which you can get out and take your first ride, make sure you tell someone where you plan on going. If you are riding in a group, let those you are with know if you have any medical conditions so that information can be communicated to first responders should an accident occur. In addition, be aware of both the weather and road conditions.

Motorcycle accidents can occur for a host of reasons. When the negligence of another person is to blame, a personal injury lawsuit may be appropriate.