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Tenn-motorcycle-accident-300x236If you’re a New Hampshire motorcyclist, you’re likely aware of just how dangerous and scary a motorcycle accident can be. According to the Insurance Information Institute, even skilled, defensive motorcyclists are at heightened risk of crashes—for several reasons.

They’re open vehicles. They’re smaller and less visible to other motorists on the road. They require a different and more precise mental and physical skill-set than other vehicles. Motorcyclists also tend to exhibit a higher vulnerability to adverse road conditions and poor weather than people in closed vehicles.

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Tenn-Motorcycle-injury-page-300x179While New Hampshire motorcycle enthusiasts may reap the benefits of enjoying the open road, there are definite dangers that affect motorcycles more than others. Being a motorcyclist is risky. It doesn’t help that the type of injuries that even a skilled, defensive motorcyclist can sustain tend to cause a disproportionate amount of damage, pain, and suffering compared to closed-vehicle accidents.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in 2018, the number of motorcyclist (or motorcycle passenger) deaths was almost 27 times the number of deaths in cars per mile traveled. This is partially because the Continue reading →

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration motorcyclists are 28 times as likely to be killed in a vehicle accident compared to passenger car drivers. In New Hampshire alone, 15 motorcyclists were killed in 2017. In the U.S., over 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in some sort of crash.motorcyclecrash_001-300x196

If you were involved in a motorcycle accident, you will want the full compensation you can get for your injuries, your medical treatment (immediate and ongoing), property damage, and pain and suffering. Or perhaps you lost someone you love in a motorcycle accident and you’re seeking relief from the medical debt left behind, not to mention relief from the pain of knowing that you’ll no longer have that person in your life.

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Motorcycle accidents can be caused by any number of things, from car drivers not paying attention to motorcycles to motorcyclists driving too fast for the road or environmental conditions. Auto accidents do not even have to be caused by one motorist or rider but can be caused by the combination of errors and negligence. Determining fault can get tricky. It is, however, necessary to determine fault if you want compensation.motorcycle-wreck-300x200

Here’s how fault is determined in motorcycle accidents.

Figuring Out How the Accident Occurred in New Hampshire

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Funerals have taken place for those who died in one of the worst New Hampshire motorcycle accidents in recent history.  Several motorcyclists are still being treated for their life-threatening injuries. It was June 21 in Randolph, New Hampshire, when Volodymyr Zhukovsky crossed the double-yellow line and collided with a group of bikers, which included marines and their spouses. randolph-4F852B5002BE-300x161

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Some of the dangers involved with riding a motorcycle may be clearer than others. Motorcyclists should, of course, be ever vigilant but they are unable to control every factor they may face while driving. Dangerous road conditions can creep up on a motorcycle driver in no time and it is an important part of motorcycle safety to review what types of hazardous roadways may be lurking. bad-road-300x226

Hazardous Roadways in New Hampshire

Some of the most dangerous roads in New Hampshire cannot be avoided or controlled by motorcyclists. Often, roadways that become hazardous to motorcyclists may be due to construction, neglect to upkeep roadways causing potholes, and even inclement weather can turn a roadway dangerous. The New Hampshire Department of Motor Vehicles motorcycle safety training utilizes the Motorcycle Safety Foundation “Motorcycle Operator Manual” for New Hampshire motorcycle training courses. The manual outlines some of the most prominent dangerous roadway conditions for motorcycle operators.

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Despite what some people say about motorcycles, different models from different makers handle differently. While there usually is not very much separating one bike from another, there are several outliers that even experienced bikers admit are radically different. Often, these models were the first to incorporate some brand new technology or mechanical development, but the design was less than perfect and led to more motorcycle accidents than expected.motorcycle-accident-lawyer-300x199

Here are some of the riskiest motorcycle models that you can find on the road today.

The 1999 Suzuki Hayabusa GSX1300R

The Hayabusa was built to be a racing bike, and the 1999 GSX1300R model came before legal regulations prohibited motorcycle companies from making bikes that could go too fast. The result was a motorcycle that could go 195 miles per hour right off the dealer’s lot.

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Out of the 50 states in the U.S., there are only three that do not legally require motorcyclists to wear a helmet. New Hampshire is one of those three.helmet-laws-300x185

The issue of whether to require motorcyclists to wear a helmet is polarizing, especially in a state whose motto is Live Free or Die. However, the facts and statistics all support making helmets mandatory. Nevertheless, lawmakers in our state have firmly and repeatedly refused to pass a bill that would require bikers to wear a helmet, like in the rest of the country.

Here is why.

Forcing Riders to Wear Helmets Infringes Freedom

The core of all of the arguments against a law requiring helmets on motorcyclists is that it infringes on their rights and freedoms. As adults, they should be able to choose whether to be safe and wear a helmet or “feel the open road” and go without one. Many people claim that, because their choice not to wear a helmet does not impact anyone else, the law should not dictate what they can or cannot do.

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It is an unfortunate fact of life that riding a motorcycle is not as safe as driving a car. In 2013, while motorcycle accidents accounted for only 4% of the people hurt on the roads of America, they accounted for 14% of traffic fatalities.motorcycleAAd-300x229

Thankfully, just like it is helping improve the safety of cars on the road, technology is also protecting motorcyclists as well. As these developments continue, riding a motorbike should get safer and safer as we move into the future.

Helmet Technology

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New Hampshire Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

There is a saying among bikers, “There are two types of riders; those who have crashed, and those who will.” As a motorcycle accident lawyer and longtime motorcycle rider, I understand the enjoyment — and the risks — that come with motorcycling. As is the case with all other auto accidents, it only takes a single moment for a lifetime of johntennmoto-300x138consequences to follow. For more than 25 years I have represented motorcyclists and have aggressively pursued justice on their behalf to obtain maximum compensation for their injuries. The road to recovering from a motorcycle crash, both physically and financially is challenging. Let me help you get back on the open road again – John Tenn

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