New Hampshire motorcyclists are at a heightened risk of being involved and suffering serious injuries in an accident. According to the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, there are over 1,000 motorcycle accidents every year. Additionally, research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests that motorcyclists are over 25 times more likely to die in an accident than car drivers or occupants. These startling statistics exemplify the serious consequences of a motorcycle accident.
For example, recently, a New Hampshire news report described a deadly motorcycle accident involving a delivery truck. According to police, a UPS truck driver was leaving a driveway when a motorcycle lost control of his bike and slammed into the truck. The motorcyclist did not suffer serious injuries, but his passenger died. Police are still conducting an investigation, but preliminary evidence suggests that speed may have been a contributing factor.
Although some motorcycle accidents involve a negligent biker, more collisions are the result of the other driver’s negligence. These accidents can result in severe injuries to motorcyclists. In fact, after an accident, many bikers suffer traumatic brain injuries, bone fractures, spinal cord injuries, neck injuries, and lacerations. Although New Hampshire law allows injured bikers to file claims against negligent parties, these motorcyclists often face difficulties when trying to recover.
Bikers tend to face preconceived judgments or biases against them. Juries and insurance adjusters often inappropriately reduce settlement amounts for motorcyclists, assuming that the biker was at least partially responsible for their injuries. As such, it is crucial that these injury victims consult with an attorney to ensure that they have a solid case that establishes that the other party was negligent.
Attorneys can help a motorcycle injury victim value their case and determine what a jury or insurance company may be willing to pay. Valuing a case includes determining how severe the accident was, how significant their injuries are, and the likelihood a jury is to find the at-fault party liable. Tangible, concrete losses such as medical bills and lost wages are easily measurable. However, it may be difficult to predict what a jury will award for subjective damages such as, pain and suffering. Attorneys are critical in ensuring that injury victims maximize their recovery by presenting their case in a way that accurately reflects the extent of their losses.
Have You Suffered Injuries in a New Hampshire Motorcycle Accident?
If you or someone you know suffered injuries in a New Hampshire motorcycle accident, the attorneys at Peter Thompson & Associates can help you recover compensation for your damages. The attorneys at our law firm have extensive experience handling these complex and challenging cases. We have recovered significant compensation for our clients, maximizing recovery for losses related to pain and suffering and loss of companionship and consortium. The lawyers at our office work in conjunction with our support team to ensure that our clients have access to the tools they need to succeed. Contact our office at 1-800-804-2004 to schedule a free consultation with a New Hampshire accident attorney on our legal team.