New Hampshire's beautiful, tree-lined highways are attractive open roads that draw many motorcycle riders every year. From Route 101 by the beach, to Route 93 and the Kancamangus Highway, there are miles and miles of enjoyable stretches for motorcyclists to savor. Sadly, they are often the sites of tragic motorcycle accidents, many of which result in severe injury or death to riders and their passengers. While experienced motorcycle accident lawyers like those at Tenn And Tenn, P.A. can help you recover compensation for your injuries in the aftermath of an accident, the best thing is for New Hampshire riders to avoid injury in the first place. We have experienced motorcycle enthusiasts who are also successful litigators and who know every aspect of riding and what it takes to stay safe on the roads, as well as the legal aspects of your situation.
According to a 2012 report in the Union Leader, 24 motorcyclists died in New Hampshire accidents, an increase of double from the 12 in the previous year. Unfortunately, due to several factors, the outcomes of motorcycle accidents are often far worse for riders than for automobile drivers.
The most obvious reason is exposure of the motorcyclist to the elements. While car and truck drivers have the security of reinforced steel surrounding them on all sides, ready and able to absorb much of an impact, a motorcycle rider only has his or her personal protective equipment (helmet, leather clothes), if they are even utilizing those. Another significant differentiator is the sheer size of the vehicles involved. If two cars are involved in a collision, their passengers and drivers are at approximately equal risk of injury. However, when a car and a motorcycle are involved in an accident, the chances of the smaller motorcycle's riders experiencing serious injury become far greater. Quite simply, a motorcyclist is much more vulnerable to serious injury out on the roads than the driver of an automobile.
If you ride a motorcycle and are involved in an accident, you are at approximately 80 percent greater risk of sustaining one or more serious injuries compared to experiencing a crash while riding in a car. These injuries include the following:
- Brain injury such as concussion or fracture
- Leg and/or arm fractures
- Other broken or crushed bones
- Loss of limbs due to the accident or subsequent amputation
- Internal injuries
- Spinal column and spinal cord damage
Motorcyclists are always at risk for severe injury in a crash. While helmets significantly increase the chance of surviving a collision, they cannot always prevent traumatic brain injury (TBI) or other severe injuries such as nerve damage, personality changes, cognitive difficulties, and more. Quick treatment is thought to be the factor that most greatly influences a motorcyclist’s chances for recovery. However, no matter how much safety gear you wear or how quickly you seek treatment, chances are your life could hang in the balance after a motorcycle accident.
Motorcycle accident injuries can have longstanding effects above and beyond physical pain. Such injuries can result in acute and even permanent chronic pain and suffering, limited mobility and mental function and loss of the ability to earn a living. Families can be devastated to find that their family member’s personality or cognitive abilities have greatly changed. The ability to earn a living or perform normal job duties could be compromised. And the financial burden to provide for injuries that require ongoing medical treatment such as surgery, physical therapy, and rehabilitation can be overwhelming. Moreover, insurance companies sometimes try to limit their responsibility for claims, and the other driver may not accept the responsibility that they should bear for the accident. You need an experienced motorcyclist advocate to represent your side of the situation and to hold other parties accountable.
At Tenn and Tenn, P.A., our NH motorcycle lawyers are long-time riders. We understand the devastation a NH motorcycle accident injury can wreak on the victim and the victim’s family – and we help our clients pursue legal action against the people who caused or contributed to their injuries. Our reputation is one of aggressive representation, sensible strategy, and widespread success. Have you suffered from a motorcycle accident? Your time to file a legal claim is limited by the statutes of limitation. Contact us today for more information and a free case consultation. Contact an experienced NH motorcycle accident lawyer at Tenn And Tenn, P.A. immediately to help protect your rights. Our toll-free helpline is 1.888.511.1010. All telephone consultations are free of charge and completely confidential.