Motorcycles are increasingly prevalent on American roads, and unfortunately that means more motorcycle-related accidents each year. Correspondingly, hit and run motorcycle accidents are on the rise. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) cites hit and run motorcycle accidents to have grown up to fifteen percent over the last decade. In fact, over 700,000 car and motorcycle accidents every year are thought to be hit and runs.
Though states have done everything in their power to beef up anti-hit and run legislation, meting out harsh penalties for individuals who leave the scene of an accident without performing due diligence, hit and runs still do happen. In the best-case scenario, the motorcyclist or witnesses on the scene will remember details of the vehicle in question or have written down the license plate number. Whether or not you know many details, contact the police as soon as possible and identify all applicable witnesses. This can help in finding and prosecuting the individual who is responsible for the hit and run.
If the person who perpetrated the hit and run is found, they can be hit with stiff criminal penalties. Hit and run victims also have the option of filing for damages in civil court. A civil NH hit and run motorcycle accident lawsuit can be a way for the victim to claim financial compensation for his or her injuries and costs surrounding present and future medical care, ongoing mental health treatment, pain and suffering, and lost wages. This can be a great option for victims, since insurance settlements often fail to take the entire scope of the injury into consideration and can do little to offset the financial and emotional cost of a hit and run. Although not typically available in NH, Punitive Damages are to compensate the victim for the fact that the driver not only caused an accident, but also left the scene of the crime, which is considered morally reprehensible. Punitive damages serve the purpose of deterring people from doing something wrong, such as leaving the scene of an accident. A civil suit can help you get fully compensated, not only for your expenses related to the accident, but also the punitive damages that will help recompense you for the hit and run. Leaving the scene where an automobile hit a motorcyclist is even more shocking and morally reprehensible, because motorcyclists sustain more serious injuries in accidents than automobile drivers do. Therefore, hit and run motorcycle accidents more strongly warrant punitive damages to punish and deter such conduct. Having an attorney who specializes in motorcycle statistics and factors is important to your case.
At Tenn And Tenn, P.A., we understand how angry and stressed you may feel after a NH motorcycle hit and run accident. And we can help. Known as a premier personal injury law firm, our practice focuses on receiving compensation for our clients. Interested in learning more about our law firm, our track record, and our reputation for success? Think you have a valid hit and run motorcycle accident claim in New Hampshire? Contact us today for more information and a free case consultation. Contact an experienced New Hampshire motorcycle accident lawyer at Tenn And Tenn, P.A. immediately to help protect your rights. Our toll-free hotline is 1.888.511.1010. All telephone consultations are free of charge.