Riding a motorcycle can be a thrilling experience, but unfortunately it is not without risk. Motorcycles do not provide the same amount of safety as cars, and when motorcycle drivers are involved in accidents with cars, their injuries are often severe, if not fatal. Many motorcycle accidents with cars are caused by the driver of the car failing to operate the car in a safe manner. Car-motorcycle collisions can be devastating, and trying to figure out how to pay for your medical bills may overwhelm you. If you sustained injuries in a motorcycle accident with a car, you might be able to recover damages for the harm suffered due to the accident. At Peter Thompson and Associates, our New Hampshire car accident lawyers have over 60 years of combined experience representing victims in car accident cases. Our aggressive advocacy has allowed us to maintain a high rate of success and a history of substantial verdicts.Causes of Car-Motorcycle Collisions and Common Injuries
Motorcycle accidents with cars often happen because the driver of the car is not paying attention and fails to notice the motorcyclist, or follows too closely to the motorcyclist and hits them from behind. The injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents with cars are often critical and may be life-threatening. Motorcyclists frequently sustain traumatic brain injuries in accidents, even if they are wearing helmets. Spinal cord injuries, fractures, lacerations, and contusions are common injuries as well.Proving Liability for a Motorcycle Collision With a Car
To recover damages after a motorcycle accident with a car, you must prove that another party is responsible for your harm. Generally, the party from whom damages are pursued is the driver of the car, and the theory of liability is negligence. To prove negligence in a New Hampshire court, a victim’s attorney must show that the driver of the car owed the victim a duty to drive in a safe and reasonable manner and that the duty was breached. Your attorney must also prove that the accident would not have happened if the duty was not breached, and the breach significantly contributed to the cause of the accident. In other words, the breach does not need to be the sole cause of the accident, but one of the main causes. Lastly, your attorney must show that the accident caused you to sustain damages.
In many cases involving car-motorcycle collisions, the driver of the car may attempt to avoid liability by arguing that the victim operated their motorcycle in an inappropriate manner, and it was their negligence that caused the accident. You may still be able to recover damages, even if your negligence contributed to the accident. New Hampshire is a modified comparative negligence state, which means that as long as your fault does not exceed 50%, you can recover damages.Recoverable Compensation
Motorcycle accidents with cars often result in extensive property damage and significant injuries, which can lead to substantial expenses. In many cases, you may be able to recover both economic and noneconomic damages. Noneconomic damages include damages for any pain and suffering caused by your injuries. Economic damages include the cost of any past and future medical treatment, the cost to repair or replace damaged property, and any lost wages or loss of earnings caused by the accident.Schedule a Free Consultation With a New Hampshire Attorney
Motorcycle accidents with cars usually result in grave injuries to the motorcycle rider, and they are often caused by someone else’s failure to drive safely. If you suffered harm due to a car-motorcycle collision that was caused by someone else’s negligence, it is in your best interest to consult an experienced attorney as soon as possible to discuss your potential options for recovering damages. The injury lawyers at Peter Thompson and Associates have the skills and experience to hold a driver liable and can work tirelessly to help you seek the compensation that you deserve. We have offices in Bedford, Nashua, Portsmouth, and Manchester, from which we represent injured individuals throughout New Hampshire. Contact us at 800.804.2004 or use our online form to set up a free consultation.