Slew of Connecticut Motorcycle Crashes Stresses Importance of Safety

Slew of Connecticut Motorcycle Crashes Stresses Importance of Safety

The number of motorcycle accidents and the temperature both rise with it.

“I’ve had so many close calls,” said Mark Haddad, representing Manchester Honda KTM Husqvarna.

For 59 years, Haddad has been a motorcycle rider. As he starts riding his to work again, he said he’s had “to ride the side of paranoid.”

“Being respectful of what you ride, you don’t have the luxury of steel and restraints and airbags, so we have to be more cautious,” he said.

The same advice is provided to truck and car drivers by the Connecticut State Police. Over the weekend, there were two fatal motorcycle collisions, one in Wolcott and one in South Windsor.

“Fatal accidents or serious-injuries accidents are very intensive investigations, and there’s a lot that goes into that,” Evan Goddard, a trooper, said. “We make an effort to get in touch with anyone who called 911 to report seeing an accident.”

Legally speaking, you must dial 911 if you see a crash.

State police advise motorists to give motorcycles more room when driving. Additionally, they remind motorists to look in their blind spots before lane changes.

Goddard claimed that while the majority of motorcycle riders are safe, there are some who allegedly race through traffic and cross lines, endangering everyone.

“Out of nowhere, he interrupts your song or music or whatever you’re listening to, and it rips by you, and it’s very dangerous, so just taking that extra second and having patience while you’re driving is the biggest thing for everybody this summer,” Goddard said.

Haddad’s term for the perilous motorcycle riders.

“We call those ‘riding statistics,'” he said. “It’s only a matter of time before they are caught up in the absurdity of the guy riding up, doing wheelies, and standing up while riding down I-91.”


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