In a state like New Hampshire, where winter weather may strike in October and last until late April, it is not uncommon for motorcyclists to get the itch to hit the roads on a clear day that may pop out of nowhere. Snow one day, 60-degree weather the next – you never know what you’re going to get in New Hampshire. That is why it is important for motorists to be aware that on a relatively clear and sunny day in February, you might just spot a motorcycle or two.
It’s never too cold to be alert for motorcyclists
It is during these transitional and unpredictable months of late winter and early spring that both motorists and motorcyclists must be extra cautious on the roads. In addition to preparing for slippery surfaces, sudden melting, and freezing pavement, drivers must also be ready to share the roads with bicyclists, runners, and motorcyclists. If cold temperatures do not deter avid riders from safely hitting the pavement, it is only fair for motorists to also take extra precautions when sharing New Hampshire’s roads.
Motorists and motorcyclists alike should take a few moments during this early time in the year to brush up on safety tips regarding the rules of the road. It is also a great opportunity to remind the young and inexperienced drivers in your family to be aware of their surroundings at all times and to be cognizant of all other vehicles on the road – regardless of the weather.
Motorcycle accidents happen in all seasons
At Teale Law, we are all too aware that many New Hampshire motorcyclists suffer crashes every year at all times of the year. Many of these crashes result in serious personal injuries and even deaths. After reviewing the evidence in our clients’ cases, it is a sad reality that many of these accidents were preventable.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries or died in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, Attorney Teale is here to help you navigate the aftermath and fight for any compensation you may deserve. But, despite how much we value each and every one of our clients, the truth is we wish they never got into an accident in the first place.
That is why we took a moment to compile a list of some safety tips that may help you and your loved ones avoid a motorcycle crash.
Tips for Motorcyclists
- Although it seems like common sense, it cannot be stressed enough how important it is for motorcyclists to operate their bikes while free from distractions – including NOT riding while under the influence of alcohol and drugs. This includes over-the-counter or prescription drugs that may cause drowsiness, impair your vision, and diminish your reaction time. There is simply no excuse for operating a motorcycle while distracted or otherwise impaired.
- New Hampshire is the state where we all Live Free or Die. But, there is no arguing with the fact that wearing protective gear, especially a helmet, reduces the chances for serious injuries while operating your motorcycle. The stats back this up year after year.
- Motorcyclists must obey the rules of the road and be particularly cognizant of all surroundings. By following traffic laws and riding at safe and reasonable speeds given the conditions, you can prevent many potential crashes.
Eight Tips When Driving Around Motorcycles
- Do not drive your car while distracted in any way.
- Operate your vehicle with a clear head free from the impairment of alcohol and drugs.
- Put the phone down and pay attention. It can save your life and the lives of those on the road around you, including hard-to-see motorcyclists.
- Be aware of your surroundings and never assume it is too cold for motorcyclists to be on the road.
- Use your mirrors, conduct head checks, and use extra caution when changing lanes, particularly on the highway.
- Use your signals and take your time.
- Motorcycles are hard to see, especially in the evening, so be cognizant at all times.
- When driving next to or behind a motorcycle, be extra cautious and provide ample space between you and the motorcycle in front of or next to you.
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Attorney Charles Teale, is a skilled, reputable personal injury attorney who has significant experience representing clients who have suffered injuries in motorcycle crashes caused by someone else’s negligence.
Attorney Teale and his legal team work on a contingent-fee arrangement in personal injury cases. Therefore, you do not pay any attorneys fees or a retainer amount to Teale Law. Our firm will pay all costs associated with pursuing your claim, including costs for experts, investigations, and litigation. We recover our fees only if you successfully recover compensation for your damages and Teale Law will only recoup expenses paid if you collect money for your case.
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Teale Law serves clients throughout the State of New Hampshire, including the cities of Manchester, Concord, Nashua, and Portsmouth.