One of our favorite times to ride is during the fall. The scenery in Connecticut is stunning and on some of the long and winding roads that flow through the countryside of this beautiful state there are some spots that are unmatched throughout New England. The fall is a spectacular time to ride in Connecticut, but if you’re not careful you may struggle to avoid a New Haven motorcycle accident.
There are a lot of things you can do to make sure you are safe in case you get into an accident. We always recommend wearing a helmet whenever you ride because it is the best way to keep you free from serious injury in the event that you do get into an accident. Also, wearing the appropriate clothing can be a valuable tool in protecting yourself from getting injured seriously if you’re in an accident. These things should become standard operating procedure for you if you’re riding a motorcycle.
What can you do to prevent an accident from happening in the first place. Road conditions are different in the fall so the way you might ride in the spring and summer may be significantly different in the fall. It is important to understand how to ride in the fall, with specific road conditions, so you can avoid getting into an accident and getting yourself injured. The last thing you want is to put yourself in a situation where you need the protection of your helmet and the clothes you are wearing. Here are a few things you can do when you’re riding a motorcycle in the fall to avoid a crash.
1.) Increase your following time with vehicles in front of you. This is a good practice to get into, but specifically in the fall this is an important driving tactic to use. Following too closely to the car or motorcycle in front of you can leave you with a shorter reaction time and when conditions are unpredictable, like they are in the fall, you will want the most amount of time to assess a changing situation in front of you and adjust your driving accordingly.
2.) Make sure you signal in all situations. This is also a good practice to get into year round, but specifically in the fall when days are more likely to be overcast and visibility on roads may be lower, if you are not signaling your change in direction you may put yourself at risk of getting involved in an accident. Always using your turn signals and insuring that your brake lights are functioning properly can make you more visible and reduce the risk of getting into an accident.
3.) Slow down. It can be tempting, especially when you’re the only one on the road, to drive really fast to experience the true power of your bike, but doing this can put you in a situation where you are at severe risk of getting into an accident. Accidents that involve excessive speed are often the most severe and can cause the most significant injuries. Speed may be fun, but it can also be deadly. Slow down to keep yourself and others you are sharing the road with safe.
Another major concern in the fall is changing weather conditions. While these are unpredictable they can create conditions that will lead to a New Haven motorcycle accident and weather conditions can change quickly. If you’re riding your motorcycle and you see that the weather conditions are rapidly changing you may want to pull off the road and let the impending weather pass before you get back on your bike to ride.
If you find yourself injured from an accident you may need to speak with someone who has experience with your type of situation. Contact our office and one of our attorneys will review the circumstances of your accident and work with you to protect your long-term interests.