A motorcyclist recently died as a result of a three-vehicle car accident. The accident showcases how New Hampshire’s winter roads can contribute to motorcycle accidents. Rober Sirignano suffered severe injuries from the motorcycle crash and later died at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. Two other individuals received treatment for minor injuries. Motorcycle riders are more likely that passenger car riders to suffer injuries in accidents. Even those wearing protective gear such as helmets and protective clothing are at greater risk of death and injury in motorcycle crashes.
How Common are Motorcycle Accidents?
New Hampshire motorcycle accidents are more common than you might think. In 2017 alone, 5,172 motorcycle riders and passengers died as a result of motorcycle crashes. That year, motorcycle accidents accounted for 14% of all traffic deaths. Since 1997, fatalities amount of motorcycle passengers and riders has doubled.
What Causes New Hampshire Motorcycle Accidents?
In many cases, a non-motorcycle vehicle will violate the motorcyclists’ right of way. Interestingly, motorcyclists and their family members are more likely to recognize motorcycles on the road and less likely to get into accidents with them. According to a recent report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, several factors cause non-motorcyclists to violate the right-of-way of motorcyclists, such as:
- Not anticipating motorcyclists in day-to-day driving
- Not being able to see motorcyclists because they are smaller and more likely to be obscured
- It is more difficult for drivers to recognize motorcyclists as set apart from other vehicles
- Blind spots on passenger vehicles can hide or obscure a motorcycle rider
- Glare, snow, rain, and cargo can make it difficult to identify a motorcyclist
- Light patterns, other vehicles, roadside objects can make it impossible to see an oncoming motorcyclist
Who is Liable in a Motorcycle Accident?
Motorcyclists may be more difficult to spot on the road. However, passenger vehicle drivers still have a duty to exercise reasonable care when driving. When the driver of a car or truck driver negligently or recklessly, he or she is liable for any injuries caused by negligent driving. The key question to ask is, would a reasonable driver has caused an accident involving a motorcycle? If not, the driver who caused the motorcycle accident may be liable for the damages caused by the accident.
Unfortunately, motorcyclists often face severe injuries due to a lack of protection from the metal frame of a passenger vehicle. Many motorcycle accident victims suffer broken bones, soft tissue damage, bruises, scaring, and injuries to their hands and arms. Recovery from motorcycle injuries can be expensive and time-consuming.