It's easy to enjoy New Hampshire by motorcycle, and it's just as easy to avoid motorcycle crashes. The state's highway safety plan teaches us a lot about the causes and factors of serious accidents.
Is it getting safer to ride a motorcycle in New Hampshire?
In general, the answer is yes. Motorcycle accident fatalities have dropped since 2012. In a state with no restriction on riding without a helmet, deaths of riders without helmets has gone down markedly, dropping by two-thirds between 2012 and 2016. However, 60 percent of deaths did not involve a helmet.
What are the major risk factors for a motorcycle accident other than not wearing a helmet?
The age group between 55 and 64 years is statistically the highest for motorcycle fatalities in the Granite State, with people aged 45 to 54 close behind. Fatal crashes are most likely by far between 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., with many also occurring between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday and Friday are the first and second most common days for bike wrecks.
What can riders do to avoid crashes?
Although motorcycle accidents in New Hampshire have decreased only slightly, injuries and deaths are far less common. Protective gear like pads and jackets help reduce the chances of injury, and caution when riding at times of low visibility around other vehicles can prevent crashes in the first place.
What do I do if I have been in a motorcycle accident?
Safety is always the priority, followed by recording details at the scene. An attorney can help decide if claims for financial damages are called for after a serious or fatal bike crash.