Dangerous Riding Practices
According to research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), those involved in motor vehicle collisions in the state of Connecticut are 30 times as likely to be killed while riding on a motorcycle. Motorcycle riding is a dangerous activity no matter where the rider chooses to venture. In fact, even the most careful motorcyclists are subject to injury in a crash due to the unpredictable nature of driving on Connecticut roads and highways.
Throughout the years, motorcycle riders have developed a reputation for being slightly reckless while operating their bikes on public roadways. Typically much smaller than a standard passenger vehicle, motorcycles are naturally risky. Regardless of the inherent hazards related to motorcycles, dangerous riding practices continually top the list of the greatest causes of fatal motorcycle collisions.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers has seen firsthand just how scary motorcycle collisions can be. When the dangerous riding practices of a motorcyclist cause a crash, the negligent actions of the motorcycle operator must be held accountable for their decisions. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle crash due to dangerous riding, Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers is here to help.
Complete the Free Case Review form on this page to get started today.
Dangerous Riding Practices
Connecticut motorists on two wheels are automatically in far greater danger than their four wheeled counterparts. As more and more drivers enter the roads and highways throughout the state, traffic congestion heightens the necessity of safe driving practices. Unfortunately, however, motorcyclists have a reputation for being reckless while operating their bikes, generally ignoring the rules of the road that passenger vehicles take seriously.
Injuries related to motorcycle accidents are typically catastrophic. With a lack of any protection from the bike, motorcycle riders are left at the mercy of the surrounding vehicles on the roadways. Therefore, any type of diversion from the proper riding habits creates a situation where a crash is likely to occur. Even those to adhere to all motorcycle safe riding practices are subject to a crash, which makes the necessity to avoid dangerous practices even more important. The following are some of the most dangerous riding practices seen on the roads today:
- Any type of stunt or trick on the roadways (wheelies, bar tricks, acrobatics, etc.)
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Multiple motorcyclists in one lane
- Changing lanes without using turning signals
- Ignoring Connecticut traffic laws
- Reckless driving
Those motorcycle riders who choose to exercise unsafe riding practices are susceptible to tire blowouts, losing control of the bike, falling off the bike, and causing damage to the structure of the bike. More often than not, the cause of the motorcycle crash was some form of driver error. Therefore, all Connecticut motorcycle riders must exercise extreme caution at all times.
To learn more about your legal options, fill out a Free Case Review form on this page.
Avoiding Common Riding Hazards
Crash-avoidance is amongst the most important topics that motorcyclists across the country must address. Unfortunately, far too many riders ignore these best practices and place themselves in a situation where they are vulnerable to crashes. First and foremost, licensed motorcycle riders must know all traffic laws, their responsibilities as riders, and their specific motorcycle controls as well as every element on the bike. Understanding how to handle your motorcycle in any situation is crucial to avoiding a potential collision.
Bikers must account for a number of various factors related to travel on Connecticut roads and highways. As always, an educated driver is a safe driver and all bikers must be well-educated in regard to laws, their bikes, and how to successfully and safely operate them. The most essential elements to avoid common riding hazards are as follows:
- Complete knowledge of traffic laws, rules, and regulations
- Proper motorcycle training
- Proper motorcycle gear (helmet, eye protection, pants, gloves, jacket, boots, high-visibility)
- Insurance requirements
- Full understanding of each facet of the bike and how to operate every control
- Reducing speeds during adverse weather (rain, snow, wind, debris)
Keeping these factors in mind will help to reduce the number of traffic collisions occurring each year on the roads of Connecticut and throughout the rest of the country. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. To learn more, contact us at your earliest convenience.
Contact an Experienced New Haven Personal Injury Attorney
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers takes pride in the role that we play throughout the Connecticut community. With offices located in New Haven, Bridgeport, and Hartford we have provided professional legal services to CT residents for many, many years. During this time, our skilled Hartford personal injury attorneys have gained a deep understanding of how to maintain success in the courtroom.
We work diligently to craft a case that breeds maximum compensation for our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash, you deserve compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and any other costs associated with the collision.
Complete a Free Case Review form above to learn more about your legal options.