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.
In addition to fatal injuries, many motorcyclists suffer a traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, spinal cord damage, herniated discs, neck and back injuries, organ damage, and lacerations. These injuries can cause a biker to experience significant physical and psychological trauma that may require lifelong medical treatment. Further, these accidents can affect a person’s livelihood, as they may not continue working. Health and automobile insurance coverage rarely covers the extent of damages these accidents cause. Many injury victims cannot sustain the costs of treatment without additional compensation. It is crucial that bikers consult with an attorney to discuss additional routes to recovering compensation.
In addition to negligent motorists, other parties may be responsible for the accident. Some accidents may result from dangerous roadways, defective motorcycle designs, faulty repairs, or other similar reasons. In these situations, an attorney can assist a victim in determining liability and apportioning fault.
Have You Suffered Injuries in a New Hampshire Motorcycle Accident?
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries or died in a New Hampshire motor vehicle accident, contact Peter Thompson & Associates for assistance. The attorneys at our office provide injury victims and their families with compassion, respect, and zealous advocacy. We understand the challenges and stigma that many injury victims fear when pursuing a claim for damages. However, we work to ensure that our clients are portrayed appropriately and effectively pursue the compensation they deserve. Our law firm handles New Hampshire accident cases stemming from car, truck, and motorcycle collisions, defective products, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and more. Contact our office at 800-804-2004 to schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney on our team.