As you travel Connecticut roads on your motorcycle, you may encounter hazards that automobile drivers do not face. Our firm represents people injured while riding their motorcycle. 

Motorcyclist recommends strategies to help novice motorcyclists ride safely. Even experienced bikers may find useful reminders in these strategies. 

Observe and anticipate others’ actions 

Visually scan all around by checking your mirrors and blind spots. Quickly glancing over your shoulder can alert you to hazards. 

Plan ahead so you have an escape route. If traffic slows down, stay to the right or left of the car you are following. After you have stopped, keep your bike in gear and watch for approaching hazards in your mirrors. 

If you observe motorists and their mirrors, you may find clues that help predict other drivers’ behaviors so you can assess whether to accelerate, stop or veer out of a car’s path. You may anticipate the movement of a car turning left in front of you by watching the driver’s hands or car’s wheels. 

Embrace safety strategies 

Motorcycles can be hard to see, so wearing bright colors can help make you visible to cars. You may also use basic safe riding skills: 

  • Do not rush to be first through an intersection when the light turns green. 
  • Ride in gaps, and vary your speed to have extra maneuvering room and to avoid motorists’ blind spots. 
  • Minimize brake reach time by keeping one or two fingers on the brake lever and placing your right toe near your rear brake pedal. 
  • Shift positions in your lane to look ahead and maximize reaction time. 
  • Be aware of shiny pavement that may be slick from fuel, antifreeze or spilled oil. Watch for sand and gravel on the road. 

Motorcycle crashes may result in serious injuries or death. You may find information about the consequences of motorcycle accidents on our website.