Most Connecticut motorcyclists try to be safety conscious, but they still face risks on the road. At any moment, another vehicle could cut them off or sideswipe them, causing an accident. If that other vehicle happens to be a large truck, the results could be catastrophic. However, there are things motorcycle riders can do to prevent collisions with trucks.
How to avoid motorcycle-truck accidents
According to the National Safety Council, motorcycles make up just 3% of all registered motor vehicles in the U.S., but they account for around 14% of all traffic deaths. This is because motorcycles provide almost no protection to riders during a crash. Unlike a car, bikes don’t have seat belts, air bags or a protective metal frame to absorb the impact of a collision. So, if a truck hits a bike, the truck will win.
Therefore, it’s important for motorcycle riders to do all they can to avoid bike versus truck accidents. They can do this by:
- Ensuring their motorcycle is regularly inspected and maintained
- Obeying all traffic rules, including speed limits
- Wearing bright-colored clothing
- Avoiding rides during bad weather
- Not riding when fatigued, drowsy or ill
- Taking a motorcycle safety course
What to do after a crash
No matter how careful a motorcyclist is, accidents can still happen. To reduce the risk of serious injuries, riders should always wear the correct safety gear, including a helmet. In 2020, 42% of all motorcycle accident fatalities weren’t wearing helmets, according to the NSC.
Motorcycle riders involved in truck accidents should seek immediate medical attention. If possible, they should also take photos of all vehicles involved and collect contact information from the truck driver and witnesses.