It’s Bike Week in Laconia, which means summer is here in New Hampshire
and more drivers and motorcyclists are sharing our roads.
During this time of year, it’s important for riders and local residents
to remember the rules of the road, and to make safety a priority at all
times. Motorcyclists face many challenges when riding, which is why it
is so crucial that drivers of passenger cars and other vehicles make the
effort to stay aware of their surroundings and drive safely. Additionally,
motorcycle riders have the obligation to ride according to the law, and
to always stay vigilant.
Unfortunately, thousands of motorcycle riders are injured each year in
traffic crashes, and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA), close to 5,000 riders are injured each year. Many
of these accidents could have been prevented.
To help you stay safe when sharing the road, our New Hampshire
personal injury lawyers at Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. have compiled a list of some important
safety tips for motorists and motorcyclists. If you or someone you love
has been injured in a
motorcycle wreck, our team is readily available to
review your case for free!
Tips for Motorists
- Don’t drive distracted! Avoid using your phone, texting, and other
dangerous distractions that could cause you to overlook a motorcyclist.
- Motorcycles can be easily overseen, so be vigilant! Use your rear-view
and side-view mirrors properly and be aware of blind spots before making
any driving moves. Always use signals to alert riders and motorists of
your intent to turn or change lanes.
- Share the road, but not the lane – motorcyclists need room to maneuver
safely. Allow a motorcyclist a full lane’s width and provide ample
room when passing riders.
- Allow for more distance – roughly three to four seconds – when
following a motorcyclist. This will provide enough time for riders to
safely stop or maneuver if needed.
Tips for Motorcyclists
- Ride sober and distraction-free! Statistics show impairment on alcohol
or drugs plays a factor in a significant percentage of motorcycle accidents,
especially during rallies and motorcycle weeks, where celebration is part
of the fun. Drink responsibly or plan a ride.
- Wear protective gear! Wearing a helmet and wearing gear that increases
your visibility can make all the difference. The NHTSA estimates that
helmets continually save the lives of thousands of riders each year.
- Obey the rules of the road. Always follow traffic laws to ensure you and
others around you are safe. Ride in the middle of lanes, travel at safe
speeds, and be sure to use hand and turn signals before making any turns
or lane changes.