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A Center Harbor man suffered injuries when his motorcycle was hit from behind on Route 4 recently, according to an article in the Sun-Journal.

Police are still investigating the crash, but they say that it appears the motorcyclist was slowing down near the intersection of Route 4 and Route 17 when he was hit from behind by a van driven by an elderly Sumner resident. The van pushed the motorcycle into the southbound lane, causing it to spin out of control. Its rider slid across the hood of the van and fell into the southbound lane, where he rolled as much as forty feet before coming to a stop, according to investigators.

The motorcyclist was taken to a local hospital, where he was recently said to be in good condition. He is expected to recover from his injuries. Investigators did not say whether or not the driver of the van was injured. The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, but it may have come off immediately after he was hit, according to police.

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Due to the increase in motorcycle-related injuries and deaths since the late 1990s, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is now pushing for laws that require riders to wear helmets in all fifty U.S. states, reports The Concord Monitor.

Although the number of other transportation accidents has gone down in the last decade, the number of accidents involving motorcycles has gone up, according to the NTSB. The number of transportation accidents overall has also gone up, as the increase in motorcycle accidents more than made up for the decrease in train, plane, and boat crashes.

According to the NTSB, the most common cause of death in a motorcycle accident is head injury. The NTSB estimates that thousands of lives could be saved if all fifty states required motorcycle riders to wear helmets. Compared to other countries, transportation fatality rate in the U.S. is quite high, in part because motorcycle riders may choose in most states whether or not to wear helmets. Currently, only 20 states in the U.S. require all riders to wear helmets. Several other states only require helmets for certain riders or in certain situations. New Hampshire, along with Iowa and Illinois, does not have a motorcycle helmet requirement.