The accident occurred just after 2:00 p.m. The man, 31 year-old Howard Lee Jones was driving his Kawasaki ZX 1000 along Kimberly Ave at the intersection of First Street, when he collided with the SUV, according to News 8. Police said Jones was thrown onto the hood of the vehicle after the collision.
New Haven police Officer David Hartman said Jones was “wearing a helmet, gloves and other appropriate riding gear.”
When emergency crews arrived they found Jones in “traumatic cardiac arrest.” He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police have identified the SUV driver as 34 year-old Adrienne De Barros of Cheshire.
The accident is still currently under investigation and police have not yet determined who may have been at fault. “At this point, we are in the process of collecting measurements and investigating the scene and involved vehicles.
Motorcycles are becoming increasingly popular in our society among older and younger motorist alike. There are more motorcyclists on the roads now than any other time. A motorcycle is not only a less expensive way to get around but they are also a great for recreating and joyriding. While the benefits of riding a motorcycle are numerous, they can also be dangerous for inexperienced riders and individuals who don’t wear the appropriate safety equipment, most importantly a helmet.
The state of Connecticut has only a partial helmet law, which only requires riders of a certain age to wear one. In states with partial helmet laws the rate of death or serious injury increases. In 2000, Florida loosened their helmet laws and motorcyclist fatalities increased by 55 percent. For drivers under age 21, the fatality rate increase by a staggering 188 percent, the CDC reported.
Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to serious injury or death when involved in a traffic collision. According to the Centers for Disease Control, motorcycle deaths have increased 50 percent since 2000. Motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to die in a collision than those riding in passenger vehicles, according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The most common injury for motorcycle riders is traumatic brain injury and though helmets can prevent some of these injuries, by 69 percent, they cannot prevent them all. The Center for Disease control estimates that medical treatment for traumatic brain injuries cost 13 times more that riders who don’t suffer a head injury.
More than half of all motorcycle accidents involve another vehicle. Of these, 42 percent are caused by a left turning vehicle hitting a motorcyclist going straight, passing the vehicle or attempting to overtake the vehicle. Many times, passenger vehicle drivers will fail to see a motorcyclist and can make risky driving maneuvers such as pulling out in front the motorcyclist and turning into a bike.
Less than half of motorcycle accidents are caused by the cycle driver. Typically, these accidents are caused by driver intoxication, speeding, disobeying traffic laws or riding in between two vehicles.
When a motorcyclist has been involved in a collision for which they are not responsible, they have legal avenues they can explore to recover their accident-related costs by retaining a Connecticut personal injury attorney. With help, the injured person can negotiate for a better settlement from an insurance company or initiate a civil lawsuit.