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New Hampshire’s motto is “Live Free or Die.” This free-spirited proclivity is evident among New Hampshire’s motorcycle community. We love to ride on our open roads and take in the beautiful scenery that this State has to offer. In fact, we at Tenn And Tenn, PA enjoy our time out on the road, too, riding on our bikes. motorcycle-insurance-for-beginners-300x172

Restrictions on motorcyclists are few in New Hampshire, and this includes the absence of required motorcycle insurance. Unlike most other states, motorcyclists in New Hampshire are not required to carry an insurance policy. Your primary requirement is holding a motorcycle license or an endorsement of the same on your driver license.

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Motorcycles and rainy weather are not always the best combination, especially for inexperienced riders. We get a lot of rain this time of year, including the sudden and unexpected thunderstorm, so it is important to keep a few things in mind to help you stay safe on the road and prevent a motorcycle accident. Here are a few things you should know about rain and motorcycles.

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Keep handy at home a waterproof rain suit, gloves, and boots – all meant for riding in the rain. There are a lot of options, so make sure what you choose is comfortable and won’t restrict your movement while on your bike.

Wear your gear if you need to go somewhere and you know there is the chance of rain. Staying dry under the rain gear can aid in comfort and help you keep your mind on the road and your surroundings and not your soaked clothing.

Pay Extra Special Attention to Things to which You Already Need to be Paying Attention

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Spring has finally arrived in New Hampshire, which means motorcycle season is quickly approaching. Before you hit the road, it’s important to make sure that your motorcycle is in a safe operating condition. Motorcycles that are properly maintained are less likely to be involved in accidents. Be sure to check the following equipment on your bike before your first ride this spring.Motorcycle-Maintenance_iStock-300x149

Brakes

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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.TT_motolaw_gavel-300x119

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.

Types of Damages Recovered in a New Hampshire Motorcycle Accident

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Motorcycles are a true representation of freedom on the road. With the motorcycles rise in popularity has also come the rise in the number of motorcycle accidents. Accidents can be caused by hazardous road conditions, impaired driving, or negligent drivers. It is essential that motorcyclists understand their risks and rights before hitting the road.motorcyclecrash_001-300x196

Motorcycle Road Safety in New Hampshire

Earlier this year, the state of New Hampshire released the “New Hampshire Highway Safety Plan” in fulfillment of section 402 grant requirements of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In this plan, the state presented detailed statistics about New Hampshire motorcycle fatalities between the years of 2012-2016. They were broken by several different factors.

Unhelmeted Motorcycle Fatalities

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Riding a motorcycle down the open road can be invigorating. However, there are risks that come with riding a motorcycle and sharing the road with other vehicles. Dangerous road conditions and negligent drivers are some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in New Hampshire. In February 2018, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released the 2016 data on “Traffic Safety Facts” for Motorcycles. Some of the key findings about motorcycles on the road in 2016 are as follows:

  • There were 5,286 motorcyclist fatalities in 2016, a 5.1% increase from 2015;
  • Fatalities for motorcycle riders was nearly 28 times higher than passenger vehicle fatalities based on miles traveled;
  • 57% of motorcycle fatalities occurred in urban areas; and
  • 97% of motorcycle fatalities occurred under cloudy or clear conditions.statutelimitations3c6-2a2d22b30d9a-300x180

Filing a Personal Injury Claim After a Motorcycle Accident in New Hampshire

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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. bad-road-300x226

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.

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The month of May is frequently the first of the year that is warm enough for motorcycles to be out on the roads of New Hampshire on a regular basis. After being hidden in garages all winter, the sudden presence of motorcycles on the roads can come as a surprise. This can make it helpful for motorcyclists and car drivers to review some of the safety tips that can prevent a motorcycle accident. motorcycleawarenessad-300x158

Motorcyclists: Wear a Helmet

Motorcyclists are probably tired of hearing this safety tip. They are probably sick of hearing estimates by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that say helmets saved the lives of 1,772 bikers in 2015 alone.

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 Pelvic Trauma

Pelvic trauma is an injury that results from blunt force contact with your pelvic region, including your upper leg, hip, lap, and lower back.pelvic2-300x159

One of the most severe injuries that results from pelvic trauma is a fractured pelvis. However, there are lots of other forms of pelvic trauma, and many of them are just as severe as a fractured pelvis. They include:

  • Broken hip
  • Dislocated hip
  • Bladder injuries, including perforation
  • Nerve damage
  • Severed arteries
  • Injuries to the reproductive organs.

Many of these injuries can be complicated with other factors in ways that can quickly become life-threatening. For example, a bladder that has been pierced from an instance of pelvic trauma can leak urine into the surrounding organs in your abdomen, to devastating effect.

NH Motorcycle Accidents and Pelvic Trauma

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Out of the 50 states in the U.S., there are only three that do not legally require motorcyclists to wear a helmet. New Hampshire is one of those three.helmet-laws-300x185

The issue of whether to require motorcyclists to wear a helmet is polarizing, especially in a state whose motto is Live Free or Die. However, the facts and statistics all support making helmets mandatory. Nevertheless, lawmakers in our state have firmly and repeatedly refused to pass a bill that would require bikers to wear a helmet, like in the rest of the country.

Here is why.

Forcing Riders to Wear Helmets Infringes Freedom

The core of all of the arguments against a law requiring helmets on motorcyclists is that it infringes on their rights and freedoms. As adults, they should be able to choose whether to be safe and wear a helmet or “feel the open road” and go without one. Many people claim that, because their choice not to wear a helmet does not impact anyone else, the law should not dictate what they can or cannot do.

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