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Motorcycle accidents often involve improper left turns by cars

There are unfortunately some common patterns that mark the occurrence of accidents involving motorcycles in New Hampshire and nationwide. These common patterns in motorcycle accidents are often caused by the negligence of car and truck operators. They often fail to keep a close lookout for the more diminutive motorcycle vehicles that popularly dot the highways and roads of the state.

For example, a recent event occurred between a car and a motorcycle on Route 125 in Kingston at about 9 p.m. when the car attempted to make a left-hand turn onto Debra Road. The operator of the car failed to see the motorcycle coming in the other direction on Route 125, and the car traversed directly into the motorcycle's path, according to State Police reports. The 31-year-old motorcycle driver was ejected from his vehicle when the collision occurred.

State Police reported that the motorcycle driver sustained serious, life-threatening injuries. He was airlifted to a Boston hospital. The car driver was not injured and was cooperating, according to police. The police report that they do not believe that impairment was a factor. They did say, however, that speed and distraction could have been involved.

Motorcycle accidents in New Hampshire and elsewhere that involve cars or trucks making left turns such as this one are very common. It seems that operators find it difficult to see vehicles that are so low to the road, especially during night driving. The motorcycle driver in this case will have a possible claim against the car operator for that person's negligence in failing to see the motorcycle prior to the collision. When making a left turn, it is incumbent on every vehicle driver to use caution in making sure that there are no vehicles coming in the opposite direction.

Source:, "NH Motorcyclist Medflighted to Boston After Collision with Car", Sept. 22, 2017

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