Congress has introduced a resolution to combat the issue of motorcyclist profiling by law enforcement officers. House Resolution 255 is aimed at promoting awareness of motorcyclist profiling and encouraging collaboration and communication with the motorcycle community and law enforcement officials to prevent instances of profiling. The resolution also urges state law enforcement officials to include statement condemning motorcycle profiling in written law enforcement policies and training materials. The resolution was introduced on March 26 by Congressman Tim Walberg of Michigan and Congressman Michael C. Burgess of Texas, co-chairs of the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus. The caucus aims to improve public knowledge of motorcycle issues and promote safety on the roadways.
Spring has finally arrived in New Hampshire, which means motorcycle season is quickly approaching. Before you hit the road, it’s important to make sure that your motorcycle is in a safe operating condition. Motorcycles that are properly maintained are less likely to be involved in accidents. Be sure to check the following equipment on your bike before your first ride this spring.
Motorcycle accidents are stressful enough without having to worry how you will care for your family and pay for the medical bills that may be flooding in due to physical injuries because of the accident. Motorcycle accidents are expensive, in part due to the seriousness of the injuries sustained, but also because those injuries often require a long road to recovery.
Physical injuries are the types of injuries that immediately come to mind when people think about the occurrence of a motor vehicle accident. However, emotional injuries, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) also frequently occur and are often overlooked. It is important to examine the types of damages that are recoverable in motorcycle accident cases in New Hampshire.
Types of Damages Recovered in a New Hampshire Motorcycle Accident
While riding a motorcycle may be one of the most invigorating feelings, it is imperative that motorcyclists practice the utmost safety while driving, as there are a myriad of safety hazards that can surprise even the most experienced motorcyclist.
Hazardous Roadway Characteristics
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a statement concerning roadway characteristics which pose a hazard to motorcyclists. The following are listed in the MSF and NHTSA statement:
- Excessively high pavement ridges;
- Slick materials used to repair cracks and other road surface blemishes;
- Fluid spills;
- Roadway debris;
- Metal roadway surfaces;
- Roadside barriers; and
- Work-zone signage practices.