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Freedom to ride without a helmet? Think twice.

So, you like the feeling of freedom-you on your bike, the wind on your face. You don't have to wear helmet, but should you? After all, New Hampshire has no laws requiring helmet use. But even without a law forcing you to wear a helmet, think about what you have to lose if you do get hurt. 

Motorcycle accidents show greater injuries when helmets not worn

New Hampshire is a state that has a large number of motorcycle enthusiasts. It is also one of the few states in the country that has no legal requirement to wear a helmet. Cyclists often view the right to ride without head gear as an issue of personal freedom. However, the evidence from motorcycle accidents for the use of helmets to enhance safety to operators has recently increased substantially.

Cyclist deaths higher than other drivers in motorcycle accidents

The great pastime of motorcycle riding is a popular activity for many New Hampshire residents. Unfortunately, motorcycles are far more vulnerable to being involved in accidents and vehicular deaths both in the state and nationwide. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in vehicular accidents than those operating other kinds of vehicles. Motorcycle accidents result in injuries to motorcycle drivers six times more frequently than to the drivers of other vehicles in the accident.

Motorcycle accidents with unmanned cruisers occurring more often

In New Hampshire and elsewhere throughout the country, it is becoming a reality for vehicle operators to contend with driverless auto cruisers. The wave of artificial intelligence is bringing such issues into everyday life and the problems raised are not always easily resolved. In one recent incident in another state, authorities cited and booked a motorcycle driver who was in a collision with an unmanned, autonomous car. The public has always viewed motorcycle accidents with a degree of puzzlement, so that these new factors will serve to further muddy those waters.  

Cyclists injured in motorcycle accidents may recover damages

Operators of motorcycles tend to have bad luck when it comes to getting involved in vehicular accidents in New Hampshire. The state has a relatively high percentage of motorcycle operators in comparison to some of the more densely populated states. In addition, motorcycle accidents often occur without any fault on the part of the motorcyclist. Whenever a motorcycle operator is injured through the negligence of another driver, the injured person will have a claim for personal injury damages just as any other vehicle driver.

Motorcycle accidents will be reduced by following safety rules

Both the joys and dangers of riding motorcycles out on the open roads of New Hampshire are about equally important. Despite the feelings of euphoria that come from that sense of freedom and total release, there are unavoidable dangers that the motorcyclist must always keep in mind. Motorcycle accidents are on the rise, and the reasons are pretty well-known by this point.

Car drivers can reduce motorcycle accidents by using due care

Motorcycle drivers are plentiful in New Hampshire. Unfortunately, they often play a second-class role on the state's roads in the face of the larger, more controlling cars and trucks that dominate the driving terrain. Among motorcycle operators, there are some well-known wishes that they express regarding the driving practices of other vehicular drivers. If these desired rules were practiced, the number of motorcycle accidents would be reduced nationwide.

Motorcycle accidents often cause orthopedic injuries

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, they are the doctors mostly called upon for treating injuries suffered by bikers. Fractures to legs, feet, arms, wrists and spines are typical in victims of motorcycle accidents. They suggest motorcycle riders commit to traveling at safe speeds while they remain alert to spot road debris, slick roads and other unsafe driving conditions. Also, never riding a bike without safety gear and a helmet can also reduce the severity of injuries -- despite the fact that New Hampshire has no helmet laws.

Typical consequences of motorcycle accidents

Road accidents can cause serious injuries, regardless of the modes of transport of those involved. However, New Hampshire bikers might be most vulnerable because, unlike motorists, they are not in enclosed vehicles in which modern safety devices such as airbags, seat belts and crumple zones protect them. The only protection available to them is helmets and protective clothing. A significant number of motorcycle accidents lead to severe injuries or death, and some say bikers need more skills than automobile drivers.

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.

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