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When someone suffers an injury due to another party’s negligence, the victim reasonably assumes that the injuring party is responsible for the accident and resulting damages. But many states have comparative liability laws that take the victim’s liability into account and deduct compensation payments based on the amount of responsibility attributed to the injured person. Man-with-Motorcycle-Helmet-300x197

Helmet laws are one example of the effects of comparative liability. When helmet use is not required by law an injured person may not be held responsible for an accident. When helmet use is required, the injured person’s own negligence will play an important role in compensation determination.

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Motorcycle Accidents in NH on the Rise

Summer weather in New Hampshire brings motorcycle rides out in full force. With an abundance of spectacular scenery, NH offers motorcycle enthusiasts great destination rides.  Start a day in the White Mountains, travel through the Lakes Region and end your day at the Seacoast.  NH offers motorcyclists some wonderful adventures. Despite the joy and freedom associated with motorcycling,  there has been an increase in motorcycle accidents and fatalities in New Hampshire lately.  During the month of July alone there have been a handful of serious and or fatal accidents involving motorcycles. Such collisions have occurred throughout the state including Manchester, Nashua, Concord and other communities. share roadhutterstock_190724723

Nashua, NH for instance, was voted  Best City to Live in America which is quite a feat for any U.S. city.  It certainly deserves the title given its ideal bedroom community setting amidst dozens of shopping outlets, representing almost any American store chain, along with its vast array of  multicultural dining spots.

But Nashua, like any other American city, is also home to serious motorcycle collisions and auto accidents. And these collisions can be life changing for an injured accident victim, especially motorcycle rides and their passengers.

Common Types of Motorcycle Injuries

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New Hampshire Motorcycle Safety Laws

Driving a motorcycle on the open road can be an exhilarating experience.  But despite the freedom that accompanies motorcycling, riding a motorcycle also subjects the driver and passenger to numerous safety risks.  For one, a motorcycle is an open vehicle which can allow the rider(s) to be struck  directly on his or her body or be thrown off from impact due to a motor vehicle collision.  Also, motorcycle drivers are less protected  against the forces of nature like wind and rain, and this can affect their vision and judgment during driving.  motorcycleshutterstock_210306886

In line with addressing the safety risks of motorcycles and mopeds, each state has its own laws about licensing motorcycles and their drivers.  There are slight variations but the fact remains that the laws aim to protect motorcyclists, maximize their safety while on the road, and help prevent motorcycle accidents especially with other vehicles.

The following pertain to safety rules for drivers of motorcycles and mopeds under New Hampshire’s jurisdiction.

Driver Age and Licensing.  Motorcycle drivers aged 12 and up must have a driver’s/operator’s license and rider education certificate.  Those under age 14 must be accompanied by a licensed motorcyclist who is at least 18 years of age.
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Having been voted twice as Best Place to Live in America, Nashua, New Hampshire is a laid-back bedroom community in the southern part of the state.  It has an approximate population of 90,000 and is one of the largest cities in New Hampshire.

But while this place may seem idyllic especially for young families and retirees, Nashua has had its own share of tragic vehicular and motorcycle accidents stemming from reckless driving or DUI.  Like any other city in the United States, Nashua is also not exempt from cases of personal injury arising from work-related accidents, motorcycle collisions, and car accidents, among other injuries. Tenn_CHAD_tee1

Pursuing a Personal Injury Claim

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Laconia Motorcycle Week moves another year closer to the century mark with its 92nd annual celebration. Bikers who ride safe will hopefully return to bike week for many years to come. Laconia Bike Week
More than 400,000 riders will descend on this central New Hampshire town and lakes region beginning June 13 for the weeklong, world class rally. With a full slate of events, celebrations and parties, motorcyclists can easily get lost in the excitement and forget essential safety rules to avoid a motorcycle accident and or DUI arrests. A little bit of caution will keep you on your bike enjoying your ride.

Do some planning before heading out to parties and gatherings. Keep these tips in mind:

  • If you plan to drink, park your bike. Arrange transportation with a friend or plan to stay overnight at the party site. These plans are easier to make before you take that first drink.
  • Eat before you drink. Alcohol on an empty stomach is absorbed much faster, and you will get intoxicated much more quickly.
  • Limit what you drink and stop a few hours before you leave. You know your limits, so keep track of what you’re drinking and stop when you need to.
  • Focus more on the company than on drinking. You may only see these friends once a year at the rally, make the most of it.

Drinking alcohol isn’t limited to nighttime gatherings and parties. Bike Week festivities feature many beer tents among the food stalls, motorcycle displays and merchandise tents. You can easily lose track of just how many stops at the beer tent you have made. Make a mental note of how much you drink throughout the day, and stop a few hours before it’s time to pack up and head back to the hotel or camp site. Stop and listen to some music at the Big Entertainment Tent outside Laconia Roadhouse or pick up some free coffee at the White Church.

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Well it’s that time of year in New Hampshire where motorcycle enthusiasts take to the roads. New Hampshire is one of the most motorcycle friendly states around. With events like Laconia’s Motorcycle Week occurring every year, it could hardly be anything else. But what are New Hampshire’s laws concerning motorcycles? What do you need to know to travel safely? Well, here is a quick overview of the legal ins and outs of riding your bike in New Hampshire, split into sections for on-road riding and off-road riding:motorcycleshutterstock_22235944

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  • New Hampshire does accept motorcycle endorsements from other states, so there are no hoops to jump through to ride. However, the state does not accept RiderEd completion cards from other states, so keep that in mind. Rider education is available for any qualified applicant, but it can be waived with a skills test.
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A man from Pittsfield, New Hampshire was killed  recently when his motorcycle crashed into another vehicle.  Police told WMUR, that the 54-year-old man was riding behind a vehicle on Suncook Valley Highway.  When the lead vehicle turned right an SUV pulled on the Highway from the side road and the motorcycle hit it.  Authorities said an off-duty firefighter attempted to perform CPR, but he died at the scene. caution

Although Labor Day has come and gone, there will still be hundreds of motorcycles on the roads as we move into fall.  There are some things to keep in mind both as a motorcyclist as well as a vehicle driver.

Bikers, remember to wear protective equipment.  This includes a helmet, eye protection, ear protection, jackets, gloves, riding pants, and boots.  In the event of a crash, these safety  items may not only help to protect your skin from significant road rash, they could save your life.

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Laconia Bike Week in New Hampshire has long been considered the oldest motorcycle rally in the world, with over 90 years of history to show for it. For decades, motorcycle enthusiasts and bikers have used Laconia Bike Week as a ride in rally to make new friends, while enjoying the various events and forms of entertainment, including live music, bike shows, tours, and contests. This year is no exception to the greatness; from June 14 to June 22, 2014 Bike Week in Laconia will celebrate 91 years as the country’s leading motorcycle rally. Laconia Bike Week

Tips on How to Avoid DWI’s and Motorcycles Crashes at Bike Week

Here are some tips on how to avoid DWI arrests and motorcycle crashes at Laconia Week:

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Many people view motorcycles as a dangerous form of transportation.  Statistics show the injuries resulting from motorcycle collisions are often far worse than those from automobile crashes.  As avid motorcyclists, we have compiled a list of suggestions to help fellow bikers stay safe.  Here are some common-sense suggestions that will help you avoid motorcycle accidents:

Think safety first: Enroll in a New Hampshire motorcycle training class and complete the training course provided by the NH DMV.  It is relatively inexpensive and provides great motorcycle riding instruction and safety tips.  In addition, it may also reduce your insurance premiums.  To be visible on the roadways, make sure you take advantage of all safety equipment available for motorcyclists, including brightly-colored clothing.  Bright colors make it easier for others to see you in low light.Motorcycle Safety

Left-turning vehicles: This is one of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents.  Habitually, drivers are usually on the lookout for other automobile drivers, not motorcyclists.  So it is up to you to be on the look-out for unexpected left turning vehicles.  Slow down when approaching an intersection and be prepared to take evasive action if necessary.  If a collision occurs and you sustain serious injuries, it’s advisable to speak with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney before giving any statements to insurance companies.

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According to local news sources, on Monday, April 21, 2014 a 60 year old Hampton, NH resident sustained serious injuries following a motorcycle crash on Route 125 in Kingston, NH.  The motorcyclist, Frank Shedd, was airlifted to Brigham & Women’s Hospital with head injuries and multiple broken bones.

Emergency personnel responded around 2:30 p.m. after the motorcyclist, who was traveling southbound struck a northbound 2001 Ford F-150, driven by Jeffrey Dalton, 20, of Groveland, Mass., near Swings & Things.

The crash was severe and a helicopter from Dartmouth Hitchcock Advanced Response Team (DHART) was requested to transport the Shedd, to Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, Mass.