By Jason R.L. Major – Concord New Hampshire Attorney

It’s finally starting to feel like spring in New Hampshire. The days are getting longer and temperatures are getting warmer. For a lot of us that means more opportunities for driving, and the opportunity to motorcycles.

Unfortunately, accidents involving motorcycles have been happening with more frequency in recent years. Being on a motorcycle is a more involving, and often more fun, way of seeing what our scenic state has to offer. However, that open air motoring has the obvious downside of making a rider more exposed, and therefore more vulnerable in any kind of accident. Even a “small” accident on a motorcycle frequently leads to serious injuries, including broken bones, skin lacerations (“road rash”) and head injuries. Therefore, motorcyclists must be even more attentive and aware of what is necessary to protect their safety and the safety of others.

The following are some quick tips borrowed from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation for Riding a Motorcycle Safely:I.  Be Visible – You’re much less likely to be hit if other drivers know where you are.

• Motorists often have trouble seeing motorcycles and reacting in time.

• Be aware of the blind spots cars and trucks have.

• If a motorist doesn’t see you, don’t be afraid to use your horn.

II. Dress for Safety – Experienced riders will tell you to “dress for the crash, not the ride!”

• Wear a quality helmet and eye protection.

• Choose long sleeves and pants (preferably leather), over-the-ankle boots and gloves.

• Remember – the only thing between you and the road is your protective gear.

III.   Apply Effective Mental Strategies – Hope for the best but assume the worst of other drivers and road conditions.

• Give other motorists space and time to respond to you.

• Watch for turning vehicles.

• Avoid weaving between lanes.

• Know and follow the rules of the road.

IV. Know your bike and how to use it.

• Get formal training and take refresher courses. The New Hampshire Department of Safety can provide information on courses available.

• Practice using your motorcycle before going into heavy traffic and be familiar with traveling on wet or sandy roads, high winds and uneven surfaces.

The attorneys at Douglas, Leonard & Garvey, P.C. have a lot of experience with motorcycle accidents. If you have been the victim of a motorcycle accident, you should consult an experienced personal injury lawyer such as one at Douglas, Leonard & Garvey, P.C. at 1-800-240-1988 or fill out our online contact form for a free case evaluation.