When motorcycle riders and passengers collide with a vehicle, they may suffer serious injuries. Motorcycles are much smaller than the average car, meaning a collision with a car can damage a motorcycle beyond recognition. They also lack the same protections as cars in an accident, such as airbags. Consequently, motorcyclists and drivers alike must take extra precautions to avoid a dangerous motorcycle accident.
As a recent news article reported, two people died after a crash involving a car and two motorcycles in Derry, New Hampshire. The accident occurred when a group of motorcycles was traveling north, and a car entered the street from an intersection. The car then collided with two of the motorcycles. As a result of the accident, one motorcycle driver and his passenger tragically passed away. The other parties were transported to the hospital for their injuries, which were not life-threatening.
What Are the Causes of New Hampshire Motorcycle Accidents?
Motorcycle accidents may have a range of causes. First, a driver may fail to see a motorcyclist. Due to the comparative size of cars and trucks, a motorcycle may be blocked from a driver’s view. A distracted driver may also crash into a motorcyclist if they are not paying attention to the road. On the other hand, motorcyclists may cause a crash if they weave between lanes without a signal. Whether a person is driving a car or a motorcycle, the same types of behaviors can lead to an accident. Both drivers and motorcyclists should minimize distractions, avoid speeding, and keep their eyes on the road. Finally, a motorcycle accident may occur if the motorcycle has a defective part, such as faulty brakes. In this case, the motorcycle’s manufacturer may share some portion of fault for the crash.
How Can You Stay Safe in a New Hampshire Motorcycle Accident?
While motorcycle accidents are not always preventable, there are several steps motorcyclists can take to stay as safe as possible on the road. First, before even getting on the road, motorcyclists should make sure their motorcycle is safe to drive. According to the NHTSA, motorcyclists should check their tire pressure, hand and foot brakes, headlights, and fluid levels. They should also make sure their signal indicators are working properly and check for signs of oil or gas leaks. Once motorcyclists and their passengers are on the road, they should wear a helmet at all times. NHTSA recommends wearing a helmet that meets Department of Transportation safety standards. Additionally, motorcyclists and passengers should completely cover their legs and wear bright, reflective clothing to make themselves visible to other drivers. Finally, motorcyclists should follow all the same traffic laws as other drivers. These include speed limits, traffic lights, and lane markings. Motorcyclists should also maintain a comfortable following distance between themselves and other vehicles in the event of a sudden stop.
Have You Been Injured in a New Hampshire Motorcycle Accident?
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries or died in a New Hampshire motorcycle accident, contact Peter Thompson & Associates to discuss your case. Our attorneys possess years of experience representing clients in New Hampshire personal injury cases involving motorcycle accidents, car accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other accidents on the road. The personal injury attorneys on our team have the dedication and skills to help you put your best claim forward. To schedule a free consultation with a member of our team, contact us at 800-804-2004 or through our website.