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Warmer weather alert: Share the road with motorcyclists


Posted on behalf of Mark F. Griffin of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Mar 18, 2015 in Motorcycle Accidents

While Motorcycle Safety Awareness month is not officially until May, there are good chances the weather will be warm enough to ride in Connecticut well before then. For drivers, warmer temperatures mean more motorcyclists to be on the lookout for. 

When talking about motorcycle safety -- and avoiding a potentially life-altering or life-ending accident -- all drivers need to keep in mind that motorcycle riders have the same rights and privileges as those driving cars, trucks and SUVs. This means, just as a driver should be looking out for other vehicles and following traffic laws, these same drivers need to also be on the lookout for motorcyclists. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Association has a number of publications related to motorcycle safety. The goal is always to prevent an accident from happening. One of these publications is related to traffic safety facts. The most recent NHTSA data is related to 2012.

According to this publication, motorcycle deaths increased by 7 percent from 2011 to 2012. A total of 4,957 motorcyclists were killed. This means close to 5,000 people never made it home, and sadly, no one involved gets a second chance to do things differently.

In talking about motorcycle accidents, many are caused by another driver's negligence. Common issues include not checking for blind spots, a driver quickly slamming on the brakes or a driver turning in front of a motorcyclist.

When negligence leads to a crash though, the driver who caused the accident could end up being held financially responsible by either the injured motorcyclist or the surviving members of their family.