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What you can do to stay safe while riding your motorcycle

Whether you ride a motorcycle for entertainment or simply as a form of transportation, navigating through traffic on Connecticut roadways can be dangerous. In 2013 alone, 54 people were killed in motorcycle accidents in Connecticut, which represents 14.4 percent of all motor vehicle accidents in the state, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A number of these fatal accidents were caused by distracted, drunk, drowsy and reckless motorists. Although you may not be able to control the actions of negligent motorists on the road, practicing safe riding habits can minimize your risk of becoming involved in a serious motorcycle accident.

Wearing a helmet is essential, and will protect you from receiving traumatic brain damage if you are involved in an accident. Also, it is crucial that you ride defensively and keep an eye out for motorists who may not see you in heavy traffic conditions. Avoid making quick lane changes and always use your turn signal. You may want to avoid riding your motorcycle in bad weather conditions. Keep in mind that rain, ice and snow can make it easier for your bike to skid. Furthermore, motorists are less likely to see motorcyclists who are out in these inclement weather conditions.

Make sure that your motorcycle is equipped with anti-lock brakes. ABS reduces the risk of motorcycle accidents by 31 percent when compared to motorcycles that don’t have this safety feature, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Anti-lock brakes help to keep motorcycle wheels from locking up, which could help prevent a serious fall.

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.

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