A few days ago a New Hampshire married couple, both 59 years old, was injured after a car driven by a 19-year old collided with their motorcycle in Casco. Adam White suffered non life-threatening injuries while his wife, a passenger on his motorcycle –suffered serious injuries and was flown to Central Main Medical Center. The driver of the car that collided with the Continue reading →
As the weather warms, we know new motorcycle riders are anxious to get on the roads and test out their new bikes. Before you do, though, we have compiled some basic things you should know before you do. Continue reading →
Enjoying the “freedom of the road” on a motorcycle, unfortunately, does not come “free.” According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are 27 times as likely to be killed in a motorcycle or vehicle crash than car passengers. And even if you aren’t a motorcycle rider or you are one but have never been involved in a crash, society as a whole pays for over three-quarters of crash costs through insurance premiums, taxes, and congestion-related costs. In Continue reading →
Motorcycle accidents in New Hampshire are always a scary experience and can lead to significant injuries or fatalities. Regardless of whether or not you caused the accident or partially caused it, you need or could greatly benefit from an experienced motorcycle accident attorney in New Hampshire. There are several reasons for this, namely: bias toward motorcycles, lack of knowledge of motorcycles, and insurance companies who manipulate the latter two reasons – these things together or separate can create conditions where either an insurance adjuster or a jury can justify reducing or denying compensation.
Below is a brief discussion on why you should consider a trusted motorcycle attorney in New Hampshire if or when you get into an accident.
Stereotypes of Motorcyclists & Its Impact on New Hampshire Auto Accidents
If 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.
While 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 →
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.
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.
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.
Here’s how fault is determined in motorcycle accidents.
Figuring Out How the Accident Occurred in New Hampshire
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.
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.
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.