When we discuss motorcycle accidents on this blog, ordinarily we stick to accidents here in Indiana. Certainly, our state has more than enough motorcycle accidents of its own, without having to look elsewhere for stories. However, a recent incident in another state was so outrageous and tragic that it is worth serious consideration.
Seven people were killed and another three were injured when a pickup truck crashed into a group of motorcyclists in New Hampshire, police said. News reports described a chaotic scene after the crash, with bodies and motorcycles littered across the roadway and the grass alongside it. Bystanders rushed to the scene to try to help the victims. Witnesses said the pickup truck was in flames.
Many of the victims were veterans of the U.S. Marines who were part of a motorcycle club traveling to an event at an American Legion hall at the time of the crash. They were said to range in age from 42 to 62.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
Motorcyclists are more vulnerable to collisions than occupants of cars or trucks. Any brush with another vehicle can lead to catastrophic injuries or death for the motorcyclist. What's more, statistics show that when a car collides with a motorcycle, most of the time it is because the car driver violated the motorcyclist's right of way and hit the smaller vehicle.
The injured and their families face enormous medical costs, lost wages and other life-changing damages after a motorcycle accident. An attorney with experience in personal injury law can help the injured or their families to understand their options for recovering compensation when their damages are the result of another driver's negligence.