Many people ride motorcycles to experience the agility, speed, and thrill
of riding in the open air. Furthermore, motorcycles are fuel efficient
and can be a great way to save money on gas.
However, accidents involving motorcycles are often fatal due to the lack
of protection a biker has compared to a driver or passenger in a motor
vehicle. Many motorcycle collisions can be avoided by extensive education
of the potential dangers while on the road and vigilant awareness of your
Whether you are a motorcyclist or a motorist, it is important to practice
the safe techniques below to prevent
What Could Drivers Do?
The following are safety tips for motorists to avoid accidentally striking
a motorcyclist on the road:
Consistent check your blind spots – Since motorcycles are much smaller in size compared to other motor
vehicles, it can be easy for them to enter your blind spots without your
knowledge. Keep your head on a swivel and always check your blind spots,
especially if you decide to make a turn or switch lanes.
Offer extra room for motorcyclists – If you find yourself behind a motorcycle, maintain a four-second cushion
in order to have enough time to react to unexpected situations and avoid
rear-ending a motorcyclist.
Use your turn signals – While it sounds like a basic driving technique, many drivers do not always
use their turn signals. Make motorcyclists aware of your intentions to
turn or switch lanes by using your turn signals.
Stay focused – Distractions can result in delayed reaction time, which can have fatal
consequences if a motorcyclist is around. In addition, do not drive while
What Could Motorcyclists Do?
Here are safety tips for motorcyclists to avoid being involved in a collision
with a motor vehicle:
Wear proper gear – Wearing a helmet is the best way to avoid catastrophic injury
or death. It is imperative to wear gear that is comfortable and doesn’t
impede your ability to maneuver your bike.
Remain visible – Wear brightly colored or reflective clothing so everyone around
can see you. Also, wearing a white helmet can make you more visible.
Ride defensively – Always yield to larger vehicles, even though you may have the right-of-way.
Avoid tailgating and leave enough room between you and the other vehicle.
Keep your motorcycle properly maintained – To avoid a malfunction, breakdown, or tire blowout while riding,
inspect your bike once a month and ensure that all of the parts are in
If you suffered an injury in a motorcycle accident in Connecticut,
request a free consultation with our Hartford personal injury attorney at
Zayas Law Firm today.