Motorcycle Accidents in CT, US Prompt Calls for Re-look at Helmet Laws

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On August 2, Route 30 in Vernon was closed for a time following a serious motorcycle accident.  Emergency officials told WFSB-TV that the motorcycle and a dump truck collided.  Three days later, police confirmed to WTNH-TV that Lifestar responded to a motorcycle accident on Route 202 in Litchfield, closing that road.  Police described the injuries as being serious.

 

On August 5, a Middletown motorcyclist was hospitalized after a traffic accident.  Middletown Police said “The motorcycle struck the struck the Pathfinder, the rider was ejected and he and the bike came to rest underneath a tow truck parked on the side of the road.”  In the latest incident, the injuries were said to be non-life threatening, the Middletown Press reported.

 

From the beginning of June through mid-July, however, motorcycles have been involved in three deaths in the Fairfield County according to the Greenwich Times — two in New Milford and one in Danbury – as well as several injuries. The paper reported that “the recent fatalities have thrown long-standing debates over Connecticut’s partial motorcycle helmet laws into a new light, prompting questions as to the efficacy of helmets and the future of statewide regulations requiring their use.”

 

 

 

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