New Hampshire Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Motorcycle accidents and injuries can be caused by a number of factors, including defective roadway designs, poor weather conditions, product defects (including prdefective tires or defective helmets), and the recklessness or negligence of other drivers.
Because motorcycles do not offer the physical protection that cars do, motorcycle riders are much more susceptible to injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), broken limbs, road rash, and other serious conditions. Tragically some motorcyclists fare much worse, losing their lives in motorcycle accidents. In New Hampshire and throughout the country, motorcycle laws are in place to prevent such injuries and deaths. Unfortunately, thousands of motorcycle accidents continue to occur each year.
Motorcycles are legal vehicles, and motorcyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as other drivers. Unfortunately, motorcycle accident victims often have to overcome the common bias or misbelief that an accident between a motorcycle and another motor vehicle is likely the fault of an inexperienced, careless, or reckless motorcyclist. A motorcycle accident attorney at our New Hampshire firm can help build a strong case for injured motorcyclists.
Our legal team will immediately investigate the physical evidence at the scene of the accident, interview witnesses, and document road maintenance, weather conditions, and other factors to determine the real cause of the collision. Every state has motorcycle laws in place to prevent accidents and protect motorcyclists. If you or someone you love is injured in a motorcycle accident, a lawyer at our firm can help you understand your rights and file a claim against the responsible parties.
Motorcycle Training in New Hampshire
The New Hampshire Motorcycle Training Program is offered by the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles with the objective of making your riding a safer and more enjoyable experience. These training courses are available to New Hampshire residents only and are designed to enhance your street survival skills by teaching the safe operation of a motorcycle. Whatever your age or experience, they have the training you need to ride safely.
Whenever you ride always wear your proper riding gear which includes a helmet (DOT approved or better), eye protection (face shield, goggles or shatter resistant full coverage glasses), long sleeved shirt or jacket, full fingered gloves, long pants (denim or leather), and over the ankle boots or sturdy shoes with non skid soles. You’ll be more comfortable, safer and ultimately enjoy riding even more. At night, be careful not to override your motorcycle’s headlight. And take extra care to be seen by other drivers by wearing reflective clothing and using reflective tape and decals.
In addition to the pre-ride inspection you should know how to do minor maintenance and service on your motorcycle, especially important on long rides and trips. Be sure to read your owner’s manual and follow the directions. When you brake, use both brakes together. Generally speaking, when conditions are good, the front brake accounts for as much as 2/3 of the bike’s stopping power. How much brake pressure to use depends on your abilities, your bike’s capabilities, and the environment. Slow down before going into a curve. Look through the curve and gently accelerate as you enter and drive through the curve. This gentle acceleration creates stability but cannot be accomplished without proper braking prior to entering the curve.
Mud, sand, water and other foreign debris on the road take special handling. Before reaching a slippery surface, slow down and avoid directional or speed changes as you ride through the hazard. Remember that the first few minutes of a rain storm are the most dangerous as the water mixes with the oil and fluids on the roadway. Avoid riding during this time, if possible. If you must ride try to ride in the tracks of the other vehicles in front of you as they force away the water and oils.
Standing on the pegs can help you keep control of your cycle when riding over obstacles or rough surfaces. Keep your knees and elbows bent, look past the hazard in the direction you want to go and maintain a steady speed. Always plan ahead – you never know what kind of problems may be coming up. Know what you’ll have to do if you suddenly skid, have a blowout, or loose clutch or throttle control.
Riding with a passenger makes balance and control of your bike a great challenge. Make sure your passenger is wearing all of the proper riding gear, knows where and how to sit, where to put their feet and hands and how to lean through turns. Tell them to look over your shoulder in the direction of the turn. Remember that the passenger is “your” responsibility and should be properly educated, prepared and ready to ride.
Never ride if you have consumed any drugs, prescription, or otherwise, or alcohol. Your best weapon on the bike, your judgment, becomes impaired and your ability to reaction time is slowed. When you carry loads, be sure to fasten them securely to the motorcycle and keep the heavier objects low and towards the center of gravity of the bike. Never secure loads where they will affect your steering, handling, or site of the road ahead.
Protecting Your Rights
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, it is essential to take certain steps in order to develop a strong claim. First, immediately seek medical assistance if you are injured in anyway. The police need to be called to the motorcycle accident scene and write a police report of the incident. It is important to exchange information with the other people involved, including names, phone numbers, addresses, license plate numbers, insurance company names and policy numbers. If it is safe, take pictures of the scene where the motorcycle accident occurred. Also, remember that anything you say after the motorcycle accident may be used against you in a future lawsuit, so only give facts that are accurate. Always obtain a copy of the police report, which are typically available 10 days after the incident. Don’t worry if the police report does not accurately reflect your recollection, your lawyer will advise you on this matter.
The Haymond Law Firm is one of the largest personal injury firms in the Northeast. We have a proven record of fighting for the rights of injury victims. We’ve achieved our record with hard work, dedication and determination. Each of our lawyers has years of courtroom experience, and access to a wide range of highly qualified experts.
Every case is important to us and we prepare them all for trial. Our obligation to you is to get you everything you deserve. That’s our promise.