In summer, many New Hampshire residents head outdoors to enjoy the beautiful weather and the longer days. If you’re going out for a walk or a bike ride, these six safety tips can help you avoid becoming the victim of a bicycle or pedestrian accident in New Hampshire:
- Stay visible. Wear bright or reflective clothing so that drivers can see you more easily. If biking or walking at dusk or after dark, always carry a light.
- Take care around parked cars. If you’re walking between parked cars, drivers may not see you until you step into their path. Bicyclists may be hit when the door on a parked car opens, so leave space when passing parked cars on a bicycle.
- Wear proper equipment. Bicyclists should wear a helmet and close-fitting clothing that won’t get caught in the bike’s wheels, pedals or chain. Pedestrians should choose sturdy shoes and clothing that protects them from the sun, especially if they plan to walk a long time.
- Stay hydrated. Both pedestrians and bicyclists can avoid dehydration and stay alert by drinking plenty of water. Drink water consistently – don’t wait until thirst kicks in.
- Keep your energy up. A snack containing protein and fiber, like an energy bar or trail mix, can help both pedestrians and bicyclists keep their energy up, which allows them to stay alert and be able to move more quickly to avoid potential accidents.
- Obey traffic rules. Pedestrians should cross at marked crosswalks whenever possible, and pay attention to signals that indicate when pedestrians may cross. Bicyclists must follow the same rules as drivers, including stopping at stop signs and red lights and traveling on the right-hand side of the road.
Keeping safety in mind can help you avoid many accidents, but it can’t make negligent or reckless drivers behave safely. If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident or pedestrian accident, the experienced New Hampshire pedestrian accident lawyers at Tenn And Tenn, P.A. may be able to help. Call us at (888) 332-5855 for a free case evaluation.