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How Connecticut drivers can share the road with motorcycles

Most Connecticut motorists understand that automobiles and motorcycles are very different vehicles. There is no way that a car can be driven like a motorcycle and vice versa. But even with this difference, it's important to remember that motorcyclists are just like other drivers in that they are trying to get to their destinations safely. So here are a few basic tips on how motorists can safely share the road with motorcycles.

Motorists should give cyclists extra room and distance. This will give the motorcyclist the space they need to maneuver around any dangerous objects that may suddenly appear on the road. Many of these objects can be easy for a car to simply drive over or around, but they could be devastating for a motorcyclist.

Looking out for motorcycles while on the road is critical. Many drivers who have been involved in motorcycle accidents report that they did not see or recognize the motorcycle just before the crash. This failure to see motorcycles on the road is a major cause of motorcycle crashes. It's particularly important for drivers to look for motorcycles that are either stopped or going through intersections, since many crashes occur at these locations.

Drivers may have noticed that unlike a car, a motorcycle may operate in different areas of the lane. Motorcyclists do this to enhance their view of the road ahead. They may also do this to try and blunt the effects of a strong wind.

Motorcycle accidents can cause devastating injuries for the cyclist and any rider. A motorcyclist who has been injured in a crash with a negligent driver may want to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney in order to understand his or her legal options.

Source: www.ct.gov, "A common road", Accessed June 15, 2015

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