Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in New Hampshire
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Statistics regarding motorcycle accidents conclusively prove that motorcycle riders run an overwhelmingly high risk of suffering injuries during an accident. There is also a very high chance that these injuries will be severe or even catastrophic. As such, many riders require extensive medical attention after a crash, which can cause financial hardship in addition to physical and mental trauma.
Fortunately, when accidents are caused by other parties, riders have the legal right to file motorcycle accident claims to seek the financial recovery of any damages incurred. If you have been injured in a motorcycle collision due to the actions of someone else on the road, Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. wants to help you pursue the compensation you legally deserve.
Our legal team has handled many motorcycle accident cases throughout our 40 years of practice. We are fully prepared to represent victims of accidents involving sport bikes, intoxicated drivers, large trucks, single- and multiple-vehicle collisions, and more.
Contact our New Hampshire motorcycle accident attorneys online today. We can discuss your legal options in a free, confidential consultation.
Driver Negligence Often Leads to Motorcycle Accidents
Sometimes, the issue is that other drivers fail to yield the right of way to motorcyclists or are unwilling to share the road with them; other times, the root of the problem may not be reluctance on the part of the driver, like when road rage comes into the mix, but rather plain negligence. Either way, the result can be a devastating accident, such as a left-turn collision, collision following an unsafe lane change, or collision following a stop sign or traffic light violation.
Some examples of driver negligence and recklessness that often cause crashes include:
- Violating traffic laws
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Not bothering to check for motorcyclists
- Driving while distracted (e.g. texting or eating)
- Driving while under the influence of drugs/alcohol
- Changing lanes or turning without checking their blind spot
Filing a New Hampshire Motorcycle Accident Claim
Complications and Barriers to Justice
At Shaheen & Gordon, P.A., our lawyers are aware that motorcycle riders face unique difficulties on the path to justice, as insurance companies frequently contest claims that involve motorcycles. This is because motorcycle riders have been stereotyped as dangers on the road who only ever drive at high speeds, commit unsafe lane changes, and lane split. Insurance companies and adjusters routinely attempt to capitalize on these stereotypes to shift fault and liability away from their policyholders, therefore allowing them to pay as little as possible.
This is unacceptable; no motorcycle accident victim should be barred from obtaining compensation because of unfair stereotyping. Our lawyers can help you fight back against those who attempt to wrongly blame you for an accident. We have years of experience in negotiating with insurance agents and, often, our reputation as a nationally acclaimed law firm is enough to show them that you are to be taken seriously.
How Long After an Accident Do You Have to File a Claim?
New Hampshire claimants have three years from the date of the motorcycle accident to formally file a claim, per New Hampshire Statutes § 508:4. The same three-year deadline applies to motorcycle accident claims involving wrongful death, but in these cases, the clock starts running on the date of the death not the date of the accident.
Is My Motorcycle Injury Worth a Claim?
If you have suffered serious injury in an accident that was the fault of someone else, you may find that a legal claim is more than worth the trouble. Should you win your claim, you could be given the chance to settle any debts related to the accident, such as for lost wages or medical/hospital bills. You may also be able to recover damages that are considered non-economic, which include mental anguish, emotional distress, and pain and suffering, among others.
For reference, some injuries for which we have helped clients seek compensation include:
How Do I Establish Negligence for a Motorcycle Accident Claim?
To win your claim, you will have to prove that:
- The other party owed you a standard of care;
- They breached this standard by committing an act of negligence; and
- That this breach led to the accident and, therefore, your injury.
To prove these three factors, an attorney may need to reconstruct the accident, study medical records and accident reports, and investigate all vehicles involved for any defects. In some cases, the road or a guardrail may have been hazardous or faulty, either contributing to or exacerbating the severity of the crash. Thus, attorneys will conduct a full investigation of the scene of the crash and consult other professionals in the field when preparing your case.
New Hampshire Attorneys Serving Manchester, Dover, Concord, Nashua and Beyond
Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. has the specialized skills, unique experiences, and sound legal knowledge to handle all types of motorcycle accident claims. Whatever your case may bring, our legal team is ready to develop a unique strategy and personally tailored plan to give you a strong chance of securing the most favorable outcome possible.
We offer free initial case evaluations and encourage all injured motorcyclists to contact our motorcycle accident lawyers in New Hampshire as soon as possible after the collision.
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Settlement in Wrongful Death Lawsuit $2 Million
D. Michael Noonan represented the parents of Jacob Goulet, a teen who died after being swept away in a storm drain, in a wrongful death case against the city of Nashua.
Pedestrian Run Over by Tractor Trailer Truck $1.7 Million
Pedestrian injured by tractor trailer truck making illegal U-turn received a settlement of $1,700,000.00 as compensation.
Settlement for Second-Floor Fall Victim $1.5 Million
A young man was injured in fall from unsafe second-floor sliding door received a settlement of $1,500,000.00 as compensation.
Motorcycle Passenger Struck by Car & Injured $1.25 Million
Woman passenger on a motorcycle injured in a car crash received $1,250,000.00 as compensation.
Motorcyclist Killed in Collision With Automobile $1.25 Million
Family receives $1,250,000.00 in compensation in wrongful death claim.
Settlement of Estate of Worker Killed by Electrocution $1.225 Million
Settlement was pieced together from four defendants, following the electrocution of a lineman for a cable construction company.
Recovered for Woman Exposed to Dangerous Drug $1.05 Million
A woman was harmed by the use of a dangerous drug received a settlement of $1,050,000.00 as compensation.
Arbitration Award for Woman Injured in Motor Vehicle Accident $1 Million
Attorney D. Michael Noonan successfully arbitrated this case for a woman seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident including serious leg injury and a mild traumatic brain injury.
Pedestrian vs. Automobile $699 Thousand
Elderly pedestrian walking on the sidewalk when an elderly female driver loses control of her vehicle driving up onto the sidewalk striking the pedestrian causing serious injuries to both legs.
Automobile vs. Tractor Trailer $550 Thousand
Tractor-trailer driving down a rural hill, Plaintiff driving up the hill on the opposite side of the road, a collision occurs near the centerline during a snow storm causing serious injuries to the Plaintiff.
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