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Keep an eye out for motorcycles as we enter spring

Although the weather outside in Connecticut this week would seem to suggest otherwise, the clocks have been pushed forward, baseball is in full swing and spring is on the horizon. The inevitable warmer weather will undoubtedly invite more people outside, whether they are hiking, playing sports or firing up their motorcycles and hitting the streets.

It is important for everyone on the road to recognize the extra vulnerabilities that motorcyclists face while on the roads and take proactive measures to make certain they proceed with caution, so as to avoid an accident. Due to their smaller size, motorcycles are far more difficult to see on the roads. Add to that the months since car and truck drivers have seen any bikes on the road, and you have a potential recipe for disaster.

When an accident involving a motorcycle does occur, things can turn to tragedy in a heartbeat. Motorcyclists do not have the same protections as car drivers, such as airbags and seatbelts, and when an accident does occur, motorcyclists are not strapped inside a car for protection against other vehicles on the road, but are often flung from their bikes onto the asphalt, and sometimes into additional traffic.

It is not uncommon for motorcycle accident victims to suffer serious and potentially permanent disabilities such as spinal cord injuries, or even worse, death. If you or someone you love has been involved in a motorcycle accident, you may want to consider speaking with an experienced Connecticut legal professional to determine whether you are possibly eligible for compensation for your injuries or their wrongful death.

Source: findlaw.com, "Motorcycle Accidents: Overview," Accessed Mar. 14, 2017

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