In the event of an accident, motorcycle drivers have a significantly higher risk of life-threatening or fatal injuries than individuals in passenger cars, trucks, and SUVs. Because motorcycles are not equipped with protective features such as side and front airbags, seat belts, windshields, and most importantly a steel frame, riders are in a very vulnerable position when an accident does occur. This also means that motorcyclists are more susceptible to serious head and brain injuries and comas. In New Hampshire, helmets are only required for riders and passengers under the age of 18.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle crash, contact our highly skilled motorcycle accident lawyer at the Injury Law Center® today at (603) 883-4100.Types of Injuries Suffered in Motorcycle Accidents
After a motorcycle accident, future medical bills, loss of earning capacity, and other factors can significantly impact the rider's ability to provide for his / her family financially and may become a financial burden with the amount of medical care required because of the injuries.
Most riders suffer catastrophic injuries including:
- Severe head trauma
- Spinal cord injuries
- Painful burns
- Broken or fractured bones
- Crushed organs
- Internal bleeding
- Nerve damage
These injuries can be very permanent in nature and significantly impact the quality of life of the injured rider and their family. Given that the average age for most motorcycle fatalities falls in the late 30s, many have families to support, which means a permanent injury or fatality can have a significant impact on those left behind. In the event that the person who hit your motorcycle does not have adequate insurance, in order to protect yourself, it is recommended that motorcyclists purchase an insurance policy with a high limit of UIM/UM insurance.Motorcycle Safety New Hampshire
New Hampshire launched a Motorcycle Awareness and Safety Task Force when motorcycle fatalities in 2004 when motorcycle fatalities tripled to 27 up from 9 in 2003. May is Motorcycle Awareness month in New Hampshire preceding Motorcycle Week in Laconia, which is held each June.
According to the director of the DMV, there have been more than 30 motorcycle fatalities each year over the last five years in New Hampshire. The DMV offers a Motorcycle Rider Program in an effort to reduce crashes from inexperienced driving.
It is not required to wear a helmet in New Hampshire unless you are under the age of 18 (RSA 265:122). However, riders are required to wear protective eyewear such as glasses or goggles while the motorcycle is in motion (RSA 265:123) if they do not have a windshield attached to their vehicle.Injured in a Motorcycle Accident? Call (603) 883-4100
If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident in New Hampshire, the law is on your side. If you can prove that the other driver's negligent actions lead to your accident, you will be entitled to collect damages for your pain and suffering, emotional distress, lost wages, future lost wages, medical bills, rehabilitation expenses, and overall decreased quality of life.
Our personal injury attorneys have been handling motorcycle cases with success for years and are experienced in handling cases involving life-altering injuries, from paralysis to TBI. When you hire our firm, we exhaust all possible resources to prove the other party is at fault and to help you and your family to recover maximum compensation possible.
To set up a free consultation with a personal injury attorney who is truly invested in serving your needs, contact the Injury Law Center® at (603) 883-4100.