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The Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in New Hampshire

Kenison Law Office, PLLC Oct. 4, 2023

One of the most common forces behind motorcycle accidents today is negligence. That said, negligence on the road can take a variety of forms. You need to be able to identify what manner of negligence resulted in your accident if you ever want to take your case to civil court. Identifying this negligence can even make it easier for you to file an insurance claim.

How, though, do you go about determining what manner of negligence resulted in your motorcycle accident? This is easiest to do with the help of a personal injury attorney. Motorcycle accident attorneys want to help you get back on your feet after an accident. As such, we can help you identify what force resulted in your roadway losses.

Negligence and Motorcycle Accidents Go Hand in Hand

Of the many forms negligence can take, the most common to result in a motorcycle accident include the following:

Distracted Driving

The rise of the cell phone has made it easier than ever for drivers to become distracted on the road. Most states have distracted driving laws in place to discourage this behavior, but many drivers are still willing to take the risk. Unfortunately, drivers who take their eyes off the road can find themselves involved in deadly motorcycle accidents.

It’s not only cell phones that can distract the driver behind the wheel, though. Eating, talking, singing, and engaging with passengers can all merit dangerous distractions behind the wheel. This is not to say that drivers shouldn’t communicate while driving. Rather, all drivers must acknowledge the duty of care they always owe motorcyclists on the road.

Failure to abide by the duty of care can result in motorcycle accidents. It can also see those motorists held liable for a motorcyclist’s losses. 


Distraction is one thing. Deliberate recklessness is another. There are some drivers who may choose to weave, speed, and otherwise ignore the roadway signs meant to keep them and those around them safe. Drivers who engage in this negligent behavior can be held accountable for any accidents they cause in both civil and criminal court. 

Third-Party Negligence

It’s not only motorists who can cause a motorcyclist accident. If a construction crew fails to appropriately mark their work areas or if those employees fail to signal unexpected movements, they can be held liable for a motorcycle accident.

In the same vein, government representatives can also be held accountable for your roadway losses. It is, however, trickier to pin these parties down. If, for example, a road in New Hampshire hasn’t been repaired for a significant amount of time, the government parties responsible for funding that repair may be liable for your losses.

You have a limited amount of time to bring a case against a government party forward, however, and these parties benefit from qualified immunity. As such, you will need to communicate with a motorcycle accident attorney to determine what your rights in these cases may be. 

Stand Up to Negligent Parties After Your Motorcycle Accident

A motorcycle accident can be devastating to your personal and financial health. Don’t let these accidents get the best of you. Take steps to protect yourself on the road and keep an eye out for others. If you spot someone behaving negligently behind the wheel or on the side of the road, do your best to stay out of their way.

Should you find yourself contending with losses related to someone else’s negligence, let a motorcycle accident attorney in New Hampshire know. Our team at Kenison Law Office can stand with you as you take your case to court. Contact us or fill out our contact form to learn more about our services.