Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

It’s Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and the New Hampshire motorcycle accident attorneys at Van Dorn, Curtiss & Rousseau would like to remind everyone on the road to reflect on and change those behaviors that can cause injury or death. Motorcyclists bear a large responsibility when riding to protect themselves against injury by:

  • Wearing a helmet
  • Using safety gear such as boots, gloves, and leather jackets
  • Never drinking and driving
  • Following the speed limit and all traffic regulations
  • Remaining alert and aware of other driver’s actions

These issues are the responsibility of motorcycle riders and can help prevent injury when an accident occurs. They cannot, however, always prevent an accident from occurring in the first place.

Sharing the Road

The leading cause of motorcycle accidents in New Hampshire and Vermont is drivers of cars and trucks failing to ceded the right of way. Side-swipes and cut-offs are all too common on our roadways, and oftentimes they occur because drivers fail to fully check for motorcyclists before beginning a maneuver.

This Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, please take time to review your own driving behavior and commit to making the road safer for motorcyclists and their passengers by:

  • Looking twice before changing lanes
  • Signaling your intent
  • Giving a 3-4 car gap in between your front bumper and a motorcyclist in front of you
  • Acknowledging the right of way
  • Being courteous to and aware of everyone with whom you share the road

These simple steps can help prevent an accident and may even save a life.

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