Often when we write about distracted driving we are talking about those who are driving a four wheeled vehicle, but the same principles and concerns arise for those who are riding motorcycles. While the fall is one of the best times to ride in the state, there are many more distractions to be aware of and to avoid so you do not get yourself into a New Have motorcycle accident.
Distractions when you’re riding your motorcycle may often only take your eyes off the road for a split second, but that split second could be the difference between getting into a serious accident and being injured or getting home safely after an exhilarating day of riding. Whether you are distracted for a split second or for multiple minutes the distractions that you face when on your bike should be avoided at all costs to keep you and any passenger you may have on your bike safe.
Some of the distractions that are common when people are riding motorcycles include;
1.) Cellphone. While it is less common among serious motorcyclists, riding your bike and looking at your cellphone can be a serious distraction and can lead to terrible outcomes. It is for this reason that you should always put your cellphone away somewhere that you cannot access it while riding. Even the most skilled and committed riders can be tempted to sneak a peak at the phone when it is out and available during a ride.
2.) Fall foliage. This distraction can be hard to avoid, but luckily it is not a permanent one, but one that you have to consider this time of year. Whether you’re out in the city or taking a ride through the hills of Litchfield County to enjoy some scenery you may find yourself distracted at times by the natural beauty that is all around us here in the state of Connecticut. It can be challenging to focus on the road when you are surrounded by all the colors, but it is also critical to your safety. If you want to leaf peep, pull over and snap some photos before you get back on the road.
3.) It can be fun to ride your bike with a passenger so that you can share the joys of riding with her/him, but a passenger on the back of your bike can also be a distraction for you as you ride. As tempting as it may be to talk with the person riding with you, it can be a serious distraction which can lead to dangerous situations. You should avoid communicating with that person until you come to a complete stop.
Distractions can present real dangers to drivers and motorcyclists alike. While a car may be more forgiving then a motorcycle, limiting distractions of any kind when you are operating a vehicle is the only way to keep yourself and your passengers safe. If you get distracted it can very easily lead to a New Haven motorcycle accident and cause you to be injured or worse.
Whatever your situation is, if you’ve been injured while riding your motorcycle you may need to speak with an attorney who has experience with situations like yours. Our experienced attorneys have dealt with all sorts of situations right here in New Haven and can work with you on your situation to help you protect your long-term interests.