July 16, 2012
A 29-year-old female motorcyclist was killed in an accident Sunday around 3:40 a.m. on I-10 near Norwalk, reports the Hartford Courant.
The Connecticut Motorcycle Accident occurred when another motorcyclist’s tire blew out. The 31-year-old driver of a 2003 Ford Taurus then struck the victim’s motorcycle from behind when she slammed on her breaks to avoid hitting the disabled bike in front of her. A Volvo sedan that was traveling in the westbound lanes of traffic then hit the victim’s motorcycle. The victim was ejected from her machine and died at the scene.
Investigators with the Connecticut State Police say they will continue to examine what contributing factors may have played a part in this accident.
An independent study conducted on motorcycle accidents found that vehicle failures, such as flat tires, account for 3 percent of all motorcycle accidents, but are often the most deadly because of the rider’s lack of control. The study found the best way for riders to avoid injuries in the event of an accident is to wear a helmet.
The Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyers with Carter Mario Injury Lawyers believe that helmets are part of safe riding, but do little to prevent accidents themselves. Statistics show a majority of those involved in accidents have no motorcycle endorsement on their licenses and are inexperienced riders. That is why the firm suggests all riders take a motorcycle safety course before hitting the road.