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Drivers or Motorcyclists: Who is to blame?

While a number of drivers in Connecticut and across the U.S. may keep on the lookout for you and other motorcyclists, there are many who do not. Although motorcyclists can be a fault for causing a serious accident, motorists are more likely to be at fault. In a study conducted by the Florida Department of Transportation, researchers found that the majority of motorcycle accidents are caused by negligent truckers and motorists. In some instances, these drivers may be distracted, intoxicated or fatigued while sharing the road with motorcyclists. Whatever the reason may be, motorists and truckers may make dangerous choices that could endanger your life, as well as the lives of other motorcyclists who are sharing the road with them.

After evaluating approximately 10 years of data collected on motorcycle accidents across Florida, researchers found that 60 percent of the accidents were caused by motorists and truckers rather than motorcyclists. According to the Sun Sentinel, some of these collisions were caused by vehicles that pulled out in front of motorcycles or failed to yield to motorcyclists’ right of way. This may be due, in part, to the motorcycles smaller size. The small profile can make it difficult for drivers to judge the distance and speed of an oncoming bike. Motorists may think that your motorcycle is farther away than it actually is as they pull out or make a turn in front of you. It is crucial that you understand how to react in these hazardous situations in order to protect yourself.

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

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