In 2022, over two dozen motorcyclists have died in New Hampshire accidents, a 61% increase from 2021. The causes of a motorcycle accident may be similar to other vehicle accidents, but their effects can be particularly devastating. According to the Insurance Information Institute, 68.71 motorcycles per every 100,000 were involved in fatal accidents in 2020. By contrast, only 13.79 cars per every 100,000 were involved in fatal crashes. Indeed, motorcycle accidents carry an unfortunately high fatality rate.
As a recent news article reported, a tragic New Hampshire motorcycle accident left one man dead and his wife in critical condition a week before their wedding. The couple was riding a motorcycle when it was struck by a vehicle making a left turn. The male victim was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. State police have not filed any charges in the crash, which presented no signs of excessive speeding or driving under the influence.
What Damages Are Available Following a New Hampshire Motorcycle Accident?
In New Hampshire, a motorcycle accident victim can sue for compensatory damages, which are intended to place the victim in the same position they were in before the accident. Compensatory damages can cover medical treatment for injuries resulting from the accident. If an accident leaves a victim with a permanent injury or medical condition, the victim can also seek damages to cover future medical expenses. Additionally, plaintiffs can seek to recover any damage to their vehicle resulting from the accident. They may also be able to recover lost earnings if the injuries impair their ability to work.