Late last month, an off-duty police officer was out riding his motorcycle with a friend when they were both struck by a vehicle that sped through a stop sign. The officer’s injuries were severe and he later died from them after being seen at Hartford Hospital. This incident is a sad reminder of how dangerous the streets can be and how a morning motorcycle ride can turn fatal quickly. In this particular instance the driver of the car was under the influence of drugs and alcohol which made the collision even more serious.
We see many New Haven motorcycle accidents that happen in the blink of an eye and often result in serious injury or fatality. It is important that when you are out riding your motorcycle that you take some precautionary steps to insure your safety and protect yourself against others who may be driving dangerously.
- Always wear a helmet. While there is no helmet law in Connecticut it is one of the best ways you can protect yourself from serious injury or death.
- Be alert. While it can be tempting to watch the world go by while riding your motorcycle you should do your best to not get distracted and stay alert.
- Follow all rules of the road. A motorcycle is a vehicle that shares the road with others and needs to obey all posted and non-posted signs always.
- Avoid distractions. Distracted driving is dangerous no matter what vehicle you are driving, but in particular a motorcycle can go out of control very quickly if you take your eyes off the road for any reason. Limit distractions entirely to stay safe.
It is too often a sad reminder of the dangers presented when vehicles are sharing the road. This most recent incident leaves a family without a father and a son. It is a reminder that staying safe on the roads is all of our responsibilities and if we want to avoid a New Haven motorcycle accident we need to be vigilant and take extra precautions.
Injuries from an accident with a motorcycle are often serious. If you’ve been injured or have lost a loved one due to an accident of this type you may want to contact our office where one of our experienced attorneys can review your case.