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 →
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 →
Another motorcycle riding season has arrived. Every day, thousands of motorcyclists will hit the open road for summer fun, packed with motorcycle rallies, bike races, bike nights, group rides and scenic tours. The Motorcycle Accident Lawyers at Tenn And Tenn, P.A. remind you to spend a few minutes to review your motorcycle insurance policy. Having ample motorcycle insurance coverage will help protect you and your passenger if you’re involved in a motorcycle accident.
As motorcycle insurance is not required in New Hampshire, many riders opt to go without coverage. Our Iron Horse Lawyers don’t recommend this course of action. Basic motorcycle insurance coverage is affordable and offers some protection in the event of a motorcycle crash. Liability insurance, uninsured motorist coverage, property damage and medical payments coverage are basic coverage options that every motorcyclist should have.
Minimum insurance coverage is better than no insurance coverage. But, minimum coverage will not be sufficient to protect your financial wellbeing in the long run. The NH minimum bodily injury limits are $25,000. Our NH personal Injury Attorneys recommend that you carry at least $100,000/$300,000. To protect yourself against Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists, you should maintain a minimum of $100,000 coverage per person, and $300,000 per occurrence. Medical insurance is available to cover the costs of your doctors and hospital bills. Consider carrying at least $10,000 of medical payments coverage.
The Motorcycle Accident Lawyers at Tenn And Tenn, P.A. in Manchester, New Hampshire take this opportunity to remind everyone that May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The month of May has been recognized nationally as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, in conjunction with the start of the motorcycle riding season. To encourage motorists and motorcyclists alike to “share the road.” Motorist awareness is a fundamental goal of The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Motorcycles have the same rights and privileges as any motor vehicle on the roadway. The NHTSA reminds all motorists to safely “share the road” with motorcycles and to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe.
Preventing Motorcycle Accidents This Month
As motorcycle accident lawyers, we see first hand the tragic results of motorcycle accidents and collisions and the injuries sustained to motorcyclists. Each year, motorcycle accidents cause severe injury and claim the lives of many New Hampshire and Massachusetts residents. Unfortunately, many of these motorcycle collisions are caused by inattentive drivers who fail to see motorcyclists.
A recent article about a proposed ban on so-called â€œhigh-risk motorcyclesâ€ in Quebec raises interesting questions about whether the United States would ever follow suit. Apparently, Quebec is looking to follow a French system which classifies motorcycles in seven tiers, taking age and experience into account. The proposed switch in system is supported by motorcycle accident statistics that show that so-called â€œhigh-performanceâ€ motorcycles are up to eight times more likely to crash than cars on the road.
Though the likelihood of the United States ever adopting such a system seems slim to none, it is interesting to consider the dangers of varying degrees of motorcycle speed and power. According to the Quebec insurance agency, â€œhigh-riskâ€ motorcycles include those which feature low, short handlebars, oversized frames, and streamlined designs that emphasize a crouched driving position. These include bikes by BMW, Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha, among others. These bikes are designed for performance and speed and usually operate at far higher CCs than other bikes.
Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents occur on bikes of all calibers. Take the case of a Tenn
Motorcycle operators and their passengers are exposed to great bodily harm every time they take to the open road. The common misconception is that motorcycle owners are reckless and pose a threat of harm to others. However, statistics reveal quite the opposite information, confirming that automobile drivers often cause the collisions that results in serious personal injury to, or the death of, the motorcyclist. Each year, thousands of motorcyclists lose their lives in collisions caused by negligent and careless drivers.
Motorcycle helmets, leather and armored jackets, chaps and riding boots offer little protection against some of the most serious injuries, including herniated discs, traumatic brain injury, neck injuries, spinal cord injuries, and broken bones. Substantial medical expenses and lost wages can cripple the finances of the family of a motorcycle accident victim.
In New Hampshire, a motorcycle driver or passenger who sustains an injury from a motorcycle accident must file suit within three (3) years from the day of the accident. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in New Hampshire, you may be awarded past and future lost wages, past and future medical expenses and damages for pain and suffering. In some situations, particularly where alcohol is involved by the at-fault driver, enhanced compensatory damages may be awarded.
A recent article about a proposed ban on so-called “high-risk motorcycles” in Quebec raises interesting questions about whether the United States would ever follow suit. Apparently, Quebec is looking to follow a French system which classifies motorcycles in seven tiers, taking age and experience into account. The proposed switch in system is supported by motorcycle accident statistics that show that so-called “high-performance” motorcycles are up to eight times more likely to crash than cars on the road.
Though the likelihood of the United States ever adopting such a system seems slim to none, it is interesting to consider the dangers of varying degrees of motorcycle speed and power. According to the Quebec insurance agency, “high-risk” motorcycles include those which feature low, short handlebars, oversized frames, and streamlined designs that emphasize a crouched driving position. These include bikes by BMW, Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha, among others. These bikes are designed for performance and speed and usually operate at far higher CCs than other bikes.
Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents occur on bikes of all calibers. Take the case of a Tenn