New Hampshire is known for its quaint country roads and scenic drives, however many of these roads can be dangerous to drivers, and especially to pedestrians and bicyclists. The narrow, tree-lined roads that are so desirable for leisurely driving have not always been designed and maintained to maximize safety. A bicyclist traveling on Route 103 near Sunapee, NH was recently injured when he was hit by a car that veered into the breakdown lane near a curve in the road.
According to a local news report describing the crash, witnesses saw a man walking his bicycle on the side of Route 103 near Sunapee, when a vehicle approached from the rear and left the travel lane, striking the bicyclist and sending his body over a guardrail. Witnesses stopped to offer aid to the bicyclist, and authorities were called to the scene. According to the article, the bicyclist was treated at the scene and eventually airlifted to a local hospital by a medical helicopter.
Drivers who are traveling on narrow roads with limited visibility have a responsibility to use extra care when navigating corners and making other traffic maneuvers in order to prevent pedestrians and bicyclists from being injured on the roadside. A driver who fails to adjust their driving habits to road conditions could be held accountable in the event of an accident, even if they were otherwise following all of the traffic laws. If a bicyclist is traveling on the roadway or in the breakdown lane, it is the responsibility of a passing driver to ensure that they can safely execute the maneuver before starting to pass a cyclist. Any bicyclist or pedestrian who has been injured in a New Hampshire crash may have a claim for damages against the other drivers involved. The bodily injury liability auto insurance coverage that is mandatory for drivers in New Hampshire to have does cover injuries caused to bicyclists or pedestrians in accidents that are the fault of the policyholder. This means that any bicyclist or pedestrian who has been injured by an insured driver should be able to seek compensation by making a personal injury claim.