Now that the weather is warmer, people from all over the Granite State are rolling out their motorcycles and hitting the streets. Being that New Hampshire hosts the world-famous Bike Week in Laconia, riding motorcycles is deeply entrenched in our state culture. Even though riding a motorcycle can be a blast, it is important to remember that riding can be very dangerous if not done properly and with the right precautions. As reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012, motorcyclists accounted for 15% of traffic fatalities in the United States despite the fact that motorcycles made up only 3% of registered vehicles and .07 of all miles driven by Americans. Motorcyclists were 26 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a traffic accident.
In order to ride a motorcycle safely and avoid being injured or killed in a motorcycle crash, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation offers these helpful tips:
- Remember that motorists often have trouble seeing motorcycles and reacting in time.
- Make sure your headlight works and is on day and night.
- Use reflective strips or decals on your clothing and on your motorcycle.
- Be aware of the blind spots cars and trucks have.
- Flash your brake light when you are slowing down and before stopping.
- If a motorist doesn’t see you, don’t be afraid to use your horn.
Dress for safety:
- Wear a quality helmet and eye protection.
- Wear bright clothing and a light-colored helmet.
- Wear leather or other thick, protective clothing.
- Choose long sleeves and pants, over-the-ankle boots, and gloves.
- Remember – the only thing between you and the road is your protective gear.
Apply effective mental strategies:
- Constantly search the road for changing conditions. Use the Search, Evaluate,
Execute strategy (SEESM) to increase time and space safety margins.
- Give yourself space and time to respond to other motorists’ actions.
- Give other motorists time and space to respond to you.
- Use lane positioning to be seen; ride in the part of a lane where you are most visible.
- Watch for turning vehicles.
- Signal your next move in advance.
- Avoid weaving between lanes.
- Pretend you’re invisible, and ride extra defensively.
- Don’t ride when you are tired or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
- Know and follow the rules of the road, and stick to the speed limit.
Know your bike and how to use it:
- Get formal training and take refresher courses.
- Practice. Develop your riding techniques before going into heavy traffic. Know how to handle your bike in conditions such as wet or sandy roads, high winds, and uneven surfaces.
IF YOU ARE INJURED OR A LOVED ONE IS KILLED IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
Sometimes accidents cannot be avoided even if safe riding techniques are consistently used. If you have been injured in an accident or if a loved one has been injured or killed in an accident caused by another driver, it is important that you contact an attorney who can protect your rights and help you get the result that you need to put your life back together.
New Hampshire Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
The attorneys at Douglas, Leonard & Garvey P.C. are highly experienced with traffic accident litigation and will firmly and compassionately represent your interests. Call today for a free consultation at 603-224-1988 or complete our evaluation form.