Riding a motorcycle in Connecticut can be an enjoyable way to see the beautiful countryside. However, it takes a different set of physical and mental skills to operate a motorcycle than driving a passenger car or other four-wheeled vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported 5,286 people died in motorcycle crashes in 2016, an increase of 5.6% over 2015. It was the second year in a row that cyclist fatalities rose and the most since 2008.

Know the most common risks during your ride

It may not be possible to avoid every accident when riding a motorcycle, but keeping your attention focused on the road can help you spot potential threats. These include:

  • Approaching traffic: Always practice defensive driving and be prepared for a distracted driver heading in your direction.
  • Cars waiting to make a turn: Intersections are one of the most dangerous parts of the road as some drivers will make left turns in front of you.
  • Panic braking: Your front brake has 70% of your stopping power but hitting the front brake too hard can send you careening off your bike.
  • Debris on roadway: Sticks, dirt and roadkill in your path can easily cause a crash, but gravel can be the most dangerous obstacle.
  • Speed through corners: Taking a turn at high speed is exhilarating, but even experienced riders run the risk of a crash by taking a corner too fast.
  • Cars changing lanes: Despite new technology such as blind-spot monitors, last-second lane changes by drivers not paying attention cause many crashes.
  • Cars behind you: Motorcyclists are at risk even when stopped at an intersection as you can be rear-ended by a careless driver, and the risk is higher during stop-and-go traffic.

Protect yourself from harm

Motorcyclists also face potential risks caused by poor weather conditions, car doors opening along city streets and drunk drivers. If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash caused by someone else’s negligence, an experienced personal injury attorney here in Connecticut can help you recover the compensation you deserve.