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
Driving a motorcycle can be an exciting experience. The open road ahead of you, the wind billowing around you, it’s thrilling. But if you are pulled over for a suspected DUI, that freedom can be revoked quickly. Motorcycle riders across the state are more at risk for crashes than regular motor vehicle drivers. In fact, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation Continue reading →
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.
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.
Congress has introduced a resolution to combat the issue of motorcyclist profiling by law enforcement officers. House Resolution 255 is aimed at promoting awareness of motorcyclist profiling and encouraging collaboration and communication with the motorcycle community and law enforcement officials to prevent instances of profiling. The resolution also urges state law enforcement officials to include statement condemning motorcycle profiling in written law enforcement policies and training materials. The resolution was introduced on March 26 by Congressman Tim Walberg of Michigan and Congressman Michael C. Burgess of Texas, co-chairs of the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus. The caucus aims to improve public knowledge of motorcycle issues and promote safety on the roadways.
Motorcycle accidents are stressful enough without having to worry how you will care for your family and pay for the medical bills that may be flooding in due to physical injuries because of the accident. Motorcycle accidents are expensive, in part due to the seriousness of the injuries sustained, but also because those injuries often require a long road to recovery.
Physical injuries are the types of injuries that immediately come to mind when people think about the occurrence of a motor vehicle accident. However, emotional injuries, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) also frequently occur and are often overlooked. It is important to examine the types of damages that are recoverable in motorcycle accident cases in New Hampshire.