Warmer weather means more motorcycles on Connecticut roads. Unfortunately, our state does not have the best track record when it comes to motorcycle accidents and deaths. As riders reenter the roads for the Spring and Summer months, it’s vital to remember to share the road.

Why does the time of year matter?

The beginning of Spring is a critical time for motorcycle riders and other vehicle drivers alike. Everyone is getting reacquainted with having motorcycles back in traffic. On average, Connecticut experiences more than 50 motorcycle deaths every year. This number is higher than the national average. While 14% of nationwide traffic fatalities are motorcycle deaths, Connecticut’s rate is closer to 20%.

Why are there more motorcycle deaths in Connecticut?

Connecticut only has partial laws regarding helmet use, as opposed to more stringent requirements in other states. Only those 17 years and younger are required to wear a helmet. Due to the nature of a motorcycle, riders are more susceptible to serious injury as they lack the protection of car doors and airbags. Accidents that involve impaired riding due to alcohol cause roughly a quarter of motorcycle deaths nationwide. It’s important to practice motorcycle safety, which prohibits drinking while riding a motorcycle.

Still, accidents happen. And when they do, motorcycle riders can be seriously injured. If you or a loved one is involved in a life-changing accident, it might be possible to file a personal injury claim. A successful personal injury suit means recouping monetary damages, which can mitigate the effects such an accident would have on your life.