Stay safe on motorcycles this summer

Important safety tips for motorcyclists to help them prevent accidents.

There are serious motorcycle accidents that occur nearly every day in Connecticut. Motorcyclists know that the chance of a crash is a real possibility each time they take to area roadways. Taking the time to review a few basic safety tips can help prevent serious injuries from occurring.

When approaching busy intersections, other drivers may not see you approaching them on a motorcycle. Drivers may sometimes make a left turn across your lanes in front of you, and you need to be ready to make a sudden move if this happens. You cannot count on other drivers to be paying close attention or understand how to share the road with motorcyclists.

When traveling behind other vehicles, be sure to leave sufficient space between you and the vehicle in front of you. If you are following too closely, and the car makes a sudden stop, you may not have enough space to make the necessary adjustments to your motorcycle. It is easy to lose balance on a bike, and a sudden move could result in you being thrown from the vehicle at a high rate of speed.

Law enforcement agencies often increase patrols during the summer months to try to catch motorists who perform dangerous maneuvers around motorcyclists. While this can help cut down the number of accidents, be sure that you are paying complete attention to the road and other drivers each time you head out.

Unfortunately, even if you take the necessary precautions, an accident can still happen. Recently, a woman was killed in a New Haven motorcycle accident after a head-on collision with an SUV. Other motorcyclists were also involved in the crash after they were unable to avoid the accident scene. The woman was a passenger on the bike, and the other occupant also suffered serious injuries. The cause of the accident remains under investigation by authorities.

Should you find yourself injured in a motorcycle crash, know that you have options available to you. Speak to an experienced personal injury attorney to learn more about your next steps.

Your attorney will be able to review your case and help you decide how you wish to move forward. Your lawyer can also help you learn the extent of your injuries as well as the full value of your claims. This will help you protect yourself against aggressive insurance companies that are trying to get you to settle your claims for as little as possible.