A tragic New Hampshire motor vehicle accident happened at the end of June. Seven motorcycle bikers died after a pickup truck towing a flatbed trailer collided with them. All of the motorcycle accident victims who perished were from New Hampshire and were part of JarHeads, a motorcycle club for Marines and their spouses.
Two of the victims who died were a married couple from Massachusetts. When the truck crashed into the motorcycles, it caused severe damage. After the crash happened, the truck caught on fire, making it difficult to rescue the injured motorcyclists. In addition to the seven victims who died as a result of the crash, two other motorcyclists suffered injuries.
Semi-Trucks and Trucks with Trailer Beds More Dangerous Than Passenger Cars
The New Hampshire truck accident mentioned above caused severe devastation. It also showed how one truck could cause death and severe injury to many motorcyclists. The large size of semi-trucks and trucks with flatbeds makes them difficult to stop quickly. When they drive outside of their lanes, the length of the truck body can wipe out many other drivers in an accident.
If you have suffered an injury as a result of a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation. In New Hampshire, semi-truck drivers are required to receive special operating licenses called Commercial Drivers Licenses (CLD). If the driver who caused the motor vehicle accident did not have the proper licensing, he or she acted in violation of New Hampshire’s driving laws.
Due to the massive size of trucks, simple left-hand turns or highway merges can cause accidents. If the truck driver is negligent in any way, the consequences can be deadly. Large semi-trucks are also typically carrying heavier loads and are more unstable than typical passenger cars. The likelihood of semi-trucks causing severe injuries and even death in an accident is higher than with passenger cars.
Have You Received an Injury from a Truck Accident in New Hampshire?
In New Hampshire, those injured by someone else’s negligence have a claim for compensation in personal injury law. To bring a successful personal injury lawsuit, a plaintiff must demonstrate that the defendant owed him or her a duty of reasonable care under the circumstances. In New Hampshire, motor vehicle drivers always owe other drivers and pedestrians a duty of reasonable care under the circumstances. They must drive in a reasonably safe way to avoid injuring another driver.
If a driver drives negligently or recklessly, he or she breaches that duty of care. If the injured person can demonstrate that the other driver’s negligent driving caused the injuries, he or she may be entitled to compensation in the form of damages. In other words, if you suffered an injury in a motor vehicle accident caused by another negligent driver, you likely have a valid personal injury claim.
Proving all of the essential elements of a New Hampshire personal injury claim is not easy. The experienced Manchester car accident attorneys at Ward Law can help you fight for your right to compensation. Contact us today to schedule your legal consultation or to ask us how we can help you after your motor vehicle accident.