Motorcycle fatalities are higher in Connecticut than elsewhere

This article looks at why Connecticut has a higher fatality rate for motorcyclists than other states do.

Connecticut can be a particularly dangerous state to ride a motorcycle in and the 2018 riding season is already proving especially dangerous. The first week of May alone saw five motorcycle accidents in Connecticut, a state which already has a higher fatality rate for bikers than much of the rest of the country. While the fatality rate has actually gone down recently, safety gains have been slower in Connecticut than elsewhere and the state still lacks a mandatory helmet law.

Fatalities remain high

According to The Day, a recent report by the Governors Highway Safety Association found that nationwide there were 300 fewer motorcycle fatalities last year compared to 2016. That was a 5.6 percent drop in national motorcycle deaths. Overall, motorcyclists made up about 14 percent of all those killed in traffic accidents.

Connecticut also saw a drop in motorcycle deaths last year, but at a much slower pace. Motorcyclist fatalities fell by just two percent in the state from 2016 to 2017. Furthermore, motorcyclists account for 17.7 percent of all traffic deaths in the state, which is higher than the national average.

According to Fox 61 News, Connecticut averages about 50 motorcycle deaths each year. Also, while biker fatalities have dropped slightly in recent years, they have actually increased dramatically over the long term, with 2016 fatalities higher than they were in the mid-1990s.

Staying safe during riding season

The higher death rate for motorcyclists in Connecticut is likely at least partly due to the fact that the state does not have a mandatory helmet law. Without such a law, statistics have shown that just 48 percent of motorcyclists will actually wear a helmet. By not wearing a helmet, motorcyclists drastically increase their chances of being seriously injured or killed in an accident.

Both drivers and motorcyclists can take action to stay safe on the road. While Connecticut may not have a mandatory helmet law, bikers should still protect themselves by wearing a helmet. Wearing reflective clothing and refraining from drinking and speeding can also reduce the risk of an accident.

Drivers, meanwhile, should give motorcyclists plenty of space on the road. Likewise, it is especially important to check one's blind spots when turning or changing lanes since motorcyclists can be especially easy to miss.

Personal injury law

As the 2018 riding season gets into full swing, it is important for motorcyclists to be careful on the road and to realize that, if they are involved in a crash, they have somewhere they can turn to for help. A personal injury attorney can show injured motorcyclists what legal options they may have, which in some cases may include being able to pursue compensation for their ordeal.