Motorcycling is a popular and therapeutic activity for many people across the United States. Unfortunately, bikers are often portrayed as aggressive and unsafe motorists. However, many will attest to the importance of operating their bikes safely. New Hampshire motorcyclists who suffer injuries in an accident frequently face an uphill battle trying to recover damages. In combination with compelling arguments, these cases require an in-depth understanding of complex statutory and procedural rules.
According to the New Hampshire Department of Transportation and Centers for Disease Control, motorcyclists are over 25 times more likely to suffer a fatal injury than a car occupant. There are many causes for New Hampshire motorcycle accidents; however, a significant number of these occur because of a negligent car or truck driver. Motorists often fail to check their mirrors before switching lanes or exiting a highway. These failures put motorcyclists in a vulnerable and life-threatening position.
For example, recent news reports described the tragic death of a New Hampshire motorcyclist. An initial investigation revealed that a Prius driver was attempting to make a left turn in front of the motorcyclist approaching from the other direction. The woman slammed into the motorcyclist, causing him to suffer serious injuries. Bystanders attempted to render aid while awaiting emergency personnel; however, sadly, the biker later died from his injuries. Police indicated that the biker was wearing a helmet at the time of the incident.