Many people enjoy the experience of riding motorcycles on the open road, while other people use motorcycles as their primary means of transportation, due to their convenience and cost-efficiency. Regardless of the reasons why people choose to ride motorcycles, they should be granted the same consideration as all other motorists. Sadly, however, many drivers fail to abide by the rules established for motorcyclists’ safety, and their careless behavior often causes motorcycle accidents. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident caused by another person’s reckless driving, you should speak with an attorney regarding your rights. The New Hampshire motorcycle accident lawyers at Stephen Law Group are accomplished at helping people harmed in collisions recover compensation for their injuries, and we will zealously pursue the full amount of damages available under the law.Common Causes of a Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycle accidents frequently occur when other motorists fail to provide motorcyclists with sufficient space. For example, motorcyclists are frequently struck from behind by drivers who are following them too closely or struck on the side by drivers who are attempting to pass them without adequate clearance. Accidents often occur when a driver attempts to turn left in front of a motorcyclist without the right of way and is subsequently struck by the motorcyclist. In some instances, a motorcycle accident may be caused by an unsafely designed road or a road that was not properly maintained. Accidents may also be caused by defects in the motorcycle.Elements of a Lawsuit Arising Out of a Motorcycle Accident
In most cases, motorcycle accidents are caused, at least in part, by the careless driving of the other motorist involved in the accident. As a result, a motorcycle accident attorney in New Hampshire usually will allege that the defendant was negligent. A plaintiff must prove each element of negligence to recover damages. In other words, the plaintiff must demonstrate a duty owed by the defendant, a breach of the duty, and harm proximately caused by the breach. This means that the plaintiff must produce evidence sufficient to show that it is more likely than not that the injury that he or she suffered would not have happened absent the breach.
It is not uncommon for a defendant in a case arising out of a motorcycle accident to allege that the plaintiff caused the accident and that the plaintiff therefore should not be awarded damages. In New Hampshire, however, a plaintiff will be barred from recovering damages only if his or her fault is greater than the fault of the defendant. If a plaintiff is determined to be partially at fault, any compensation granted to the plaintiff will be reduced in proportion to his or her fault. For example, if a plaintiff is awarded $100,000 and is deemed 20% at fault, his or her damages award will be reduced to $80,000.
Damages that a New Hampshire motorcycle accident attorney may be able to recover for a victim include the reasonable cost of medical treatment needed for injuries sustained in the accident, such as hospitalization, surgery, prescriptions, and therapy. A plaintiff may also be able to recover lost earnings if he or she could not work due to the injuries caused by the accident. A portion of a plaintiff’s damages award is typically meant to compensate for the pain, suffering, and trauma caused by the accident as well. Additionally, if a plaintiff was married when the accident happened, his or her spouse may be able to recover separate compensation.Speak with a Proficient Accident Attorney
Motorcycle accidents often cause severe injuries that are painful and can be costly to treat. If you suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident, you should speak with an attorney regarding the claims that you may be able to assert against the party who caused your accident. Serving victims throughout New Hampshire, the proficient motorcycle accident lawyers at Stephen Law Group possess the skills and resources needed to help you seek your desired outcome, and we will advocate tirelessly on your behalf. We also represent people in Massachusetts, and we have offices conveniently located throughout both states. You can reach us through our online form or at 877-663-1007 to schedule a meeting.