NH Motorcycle Accident Leads to Indictment of Maine Resident

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A driver from Maine who struck and killed a motorcyclist in New Hampshire has been indicted for negligent homicide. Motorcycle accident lawyer John Tenn says NH saw a dramatic increase in motorcycle deaths in 2012.

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But anytime a driver runs into a biker, or runs a motorcycle off the road, there should be a question of negligence.

Everyone knows that riding a motorcycle can be dangerous, and much of the danger comes from how vulnerable riders are to other cars. Thus, when motorcyclist Thomas Zapulla of Connecticut was struck by a car and killed in June 2012, the event was tragic – but sadly not uncommon. The driver of the car, Ashley Bailey, now stands indicted for negligent homicide according to the Morning Sentinel.

Bailey, 26, of Maine, was supposedly driving erratically and also stands accused of drinking and driving. Police allege that she veered into Zapulla's lane, striking him and several friends on Route 16.

John Tenn, an attorney whose practice focuses heavily on motorcycle accidents, says that NH has seen an unusual increase in fatal motorcycle collisions in 2012. "Fourteen motorcyclists died in 2011. By September 2012, that number had dramatically and sadly increased to 24 deaths,” said Tenn. According to NH statistics, NH motorcycle fatalities counted for nearly 1 of every 3 of the 77 motor vehicle fatalities in 2012.

Tenn has spent more than 20 years representing bikers who have been injured or killed in motorcycle accidents. Attorney John Tenn is an avid motorcyclist himself. As a biker, Tenn states that motorcyclists are very susceptible to crossover collisions – when an ongoing car crosses a median and clips the motorcyclist.

“One of the reasons [Bailey] was indicted is because alcohol was allegedly involved,” he said. “But anytime a driver runs into a biker, or runs a motorcycle off the road, there should be a question of negligence.”

Even if a criminal conviction does not result, Tenn emphasized that the motorcyclists can still pursue a personal injury claim for medical costs, damages and wrongful death.

“If you are struck by another driver, talk to a lawyer immediately,” he said. “You have a right to receive full compensation for your injuries and damages caused by someone else’s negligence.

About John Tenn:

John J. Tenn is a NH motorcycle attorney and co-founder of the Tenn And Tenn, P.A. law firm. He practices across many areas of law but focuses on motorcycles, negligence and injuries from vehicle accidents. He has successfully helped numerous injured bikers and helped found Iron Horse Lawyers, a group for attorneys who ride motorcycles. He can be reached at:

Tenn And Tenn, P.A.
16 High St., Suite 3
Manchester, NH 03101
(603) 624-0028

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