A Manchester teenager rear-ended a police officer on a motorcycle recently, according to an article in the Union-Leader. The officer was preparing to make a right-hand turn when he was struck from behind by the eighteen-year-old driver at the intersection of Hazelton Avenue and Faith Lane. The teenage driver was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs and appeared merely to have failed to pay attention to the traffic in front of him, resulting in the accident.
Both the officer on the motorcycle and the driver were evaluated for minor injuries at local hospitals. The officer was treated for minor injuries, including bruises and lacerations, and was then released.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 4,500 motorcycle and car collisions occur in the U.S. each year. Unfortunately, many of these are the result of drivers who don’t understand how to share the road safely with motorcycles, or who are simply not paying attention at a crucial moment.
To protect motorcycle riders and help prevent New Hampshire motorcycle accidents, remember that motorcycles can be more difficult to see than cars. Watch carefully for them while changing lanes or going through intersections. Also, leave plenty of room between your car and a motorcyclist ahead of you. Motorcycles are not as stable as cars, especially on wet pavement, and the motorcycle rider may need more time to stop or safely avoid a hazard than a car would.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident and you suspect a driver’s negligence may be to blame, please contact the experienced New Hampshire motorcycle accident attorneys at Tenn And Tenn, P.A. Our skilled legal team will review your case thoroughly and fight to hold negligent parties accountable for their actions. Call (888) 332-5855 today for a free consultation.