The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that motorcycles accidents continue to rise throughout the country and in New Hampshire. Naturally, a rise in motorcyclists on the road has resulted in an increased rate of motorcycle accidents. Under New Hampshire law, motorcyclists who cause injuries to other motorists, passengers, or pedestrians, along with those who cause injuries to motorcyclists may be held liable for their negligence. Negligent parties may be responsible for injury victims’ medical bills, lost wages and benefits, property damage, and ongoing pain and suffering.
Cars and trucks are typically equipped with airbags, seat belts, and other safety features, but motorcycles do not have all of these safety features. The lack of protective features often causes motorcyclists to suffer serious injuries or death after an accident. CDC data reveals that statistics show that motorcyclists tend to sustain injuries to their legs, head, upper torso, and arms, despite using approved helmets and thick leather clothing. These injuries often coincide with traumatic brain injuries, concussions, and spinal cord injuries. Even with prompt treatment and aggressive therapy, many motorcyclists face life-long debilitating conditions that may impact their ability to work or maintain relationships.
Further, because of the nature of these accidents, police often encounter challenges when trying to recreate the scene of the accident and determine liability. In many cases, motorcycles and their riders are thrown into a position that makes it challenging to determine what caused the accident. Additionally, there is often a bias toward motorcyclists that can impact insurance payouts. However, a person’s choice of a vehicle does not reduce another person’s standard of care towards them, nor does it reduce a biker’s right to compensation.
An attorney can assist victims and their families in conducting a thorough investigation, interviewing witnesses, and reviewing medical records and evidence. The invaluable resources that a lawyer and their firm possess can drastically change the outcome of a case. It is essential that motorcycle accident victims contact an attorney to discuss their rights and remedies in these cases.
Recently, a New Hampshire news report described a tragic accident involving a motorcyclist and a car. Police, firefighters, and EMTs responded to the collision between the 35-year-old biker and 69-year old sedan driver. The car driver did not suffer injuries; however, the biker experienced severe head trauma and died at the scene of the accident. An initial investigation revealed that the biker collided with the car driver. However, police are asking eyewitnesses to come forward, as they continue their investigation of the accident.
Have You Suffered Injuries in a New Hampshire Motorcycle Accident?
If you or someone you know has suffered injuries in a New Hampshire motorcycle accident, contact the injury attorneys at Peter Thompson & Associates. The attorneys at our law firm understand the toll that these types of accidents can take on a person’s health, livelihood, and personal relationships. We work with our clients to address their concerns, quantify their losses, and recover damages on their behalves. Our clients have recovered substantial amounts of compensation against insurance companies and negligent motorists. Contact our office at 800-804-2004 to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced attorney at our law firm.