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On Wednesday morning July 16, 2014 a collision occurred at the intersection of Route 101A and Continental Boulevard in Merrimack NH. A Nashua woman who was struck by a dump truck in the driver’s side of her SUV was killed.Merrimack-ax-716-jpg

Merrimack Police identified the SUV driver as Elizabeth McQuinn, 60, of 3 Briarcliff Drive, Nashua. The collision occurred at approximately 6 a.m. at the intersection of Route 101A and Continental Boulevard.

Merrimack Police said McQuinn was driving the Kia Sorento and attempting to make a left turn from McDonald’s to travel west on Route 101A when the vehicle was struck by the dump truck traveling east on Route 101A. The Merrimack Fire Department extricated McQuinn and pronounced her dead at the scene, according to police. Police identified the driver of the dump truck as Kyle Witty, 43, of Cornish.

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100 M.P.H.  is Reckless Driving in New Hampshire

Driving faster than 100 miles an hour is not only breaking the speed limit in New Hampshire, it is now classified as reckless driving.  And a driver pulled over going that fast will likely face a hefty fine and mandatory loss of license.100mph

The state house and senate recently passed SB 246 making driving a vehicle at a speed of 100 miles per hour or greater reckless driving.  It was a bill that the department of safety requested and went to the full house and senate tagged “ought to pass” with bipartisan support.

In NH, Reckless driving is much more serious than a standard speeding ticket.  A reckless driving fine is at least $500 and includes a 60-day license revocation.  Additionally, a second offense results in a $750 fine and a loss of license between 60 days and one (1) full year.  Because of the manner in which reckless driving is classified, a convicted driver receives six demerit points on their motor vehicle record.  These points stay on a driver’s record for five years.  Receiving demerit points can also result in higher automobile insurance rates.  It can also lead to being classified as a habitual offender, which could result in a jail sentence.

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Celebrating our country’s independence is a national pastime.  Baseball, backyard barbecues,  pool parties and spending time with friends and family.  This celebration is also often accompanied by lots of alcohol and fireworks-a combination that can lead to undesirable results. And, with the volume of traffic, an unfortunate number of drivers may be impaired.July 4th

 The 4th of July is a BIG BUST holiday for local and state law enforcement.  It is a  high point weekend for DUI’s and DWI’s committed by motorists all around the country.  According to the National Traffic and Highway Administration, approximately 51% of all deadly traffic accidents during July 4th weekends are alcohol-related.  The other 49% result from distracted driving and drug influence.

Starting today, police agencies all around New Hampshire will set up DWI roadblocks  to ensure that drivers are not impaired by alcohol or drugs.  Law enforcement will be on high alert by Friday evening and will continue with DWI patrols and saturation patrols through the weekend. Continue reading →

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NH Car Accidents and the Statute of Limitations

Each State has its Own Specific Laws

If you have been involved in an auto accident knowing the state laws regarding your case is important. Laws in each state are different and knowing the details of the laws that pertain to your accident claim is critically important.  Ignoring the law might just end up costing you your case. Time could be limited in your state, so filing your claim within the statute of limitations is important. car-accident-time-limits

 Statute of Limitation in the State of New Hampshire

 Filing a car accident lawsuit in New Hampshire must be done within a limited time frame. This “statute of limitations” runs out only 3 years after an auto accident has happened. As such, you have a limited amount of time to file your NH accident claims against the responsible party(s).  This time frame technically begins the day of the accident. To find more details about this law, it is listed under New Hampshire Revised Statutes 508:4.

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Believe it or not, what you post on Facebook is likely to stay online forever and what you post today can have an effect on you years down the road. The ubiquitous nature of social media has made it an unrivaled source of evidence that can be used against you in a criminal case. If you have been arrested for a crime and the postings on your social media sites are relevant to your alleged criminal activity, it can be brought up in a court case. and may assist the prosecution in obtaining a conviction. It would be wise to speak to an experienced criminal lawyer who is familiar with the laws on social media data and electronically stored information (ESI).  Facebook

A judge or a jury only has to take one look at damaging photos or post that you willingly made on Facebook to determine what kind of person they think you are. Even if this isn’t your everyday normal behavior, just one photo of you doing something unethical can land you in hot water. So why take the chance when it comes to posting negative things on the largest social network in the world?

 

Big brother just might be watching you.

 Doing something illegal and then posting a picture of the crime on Facebook is a sure way to land you in jail. Local authorities are getting wise to looking at the Internet and Facebook for subjective behavior. These agencies along with state and federal authorities often monitor Facebook, for acts of crime caught in a screen shot or a picture. Continue reading →

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Laconia Bike Week in New Hampshire has long been considered the oldest motorcycle rally in the world, with over 90 years of history to show for it. For decades, motorcycle enthusiasts and bikers have used Laconia Bike Week as a ride in rally to make new friends, while enjoying the various events and forms of entertainment, including live music, bike shows, tours, and contests. This year is no exception to the greatness; from June 14 to June 22, 2014 Bike Week in Laconia will celebrate 91 years as the country’s leading motorcycle rally. Laconia Bike Week

Tips on How to Avoid DWI’s and Motorcycles Crashes at Bike Week

Here are some tips on how to avoid DWI arrests and motorcycle crashes at Laconia Week:

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An early morning car crash on Interstate 293 in New Hampshire sent three people to area hospitals with injuries.  A Salem man is now facing DUI charges. buzzed driving

A car sped by a NH State Trooper at a high rate of speed. The Trooper pursued the vehicle and had the car in view when it crossed the center lane. The driver was stopped, field sobriety tests were administered, and the driver was subsequently arrested for DUI.

If this or a similar scenario happened to you or a loved one, you’re  probably trying to determine what options you have. Perhaps you submitted to a breath test, or had your blood alcohol content checked; or you maybe you refused the breath or blood tests and were charged with DUI anyway. And because you refused the chemical test, you face mandatory license suspensions because of the refusal. So, even though you may win the NH dui charge, you still may find your driving privileges suspended. If you find yourself charged with dui in NH, you will want to have an experienced DUI attorney by your side.

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The air is warm, the days are long, and bicycles are everywhere in New Hampshire.  Keeping a few things in mind when you take to the road on your two-wheeled adventure can make the difference between a good ride and a trip to the hospital.  Likewise, as an automobile driver, there are several thing to remember regarding the rules of the road – and just because you’re in a larger vehicle doesn’t mean you always have the right of way. bike safety

For Bicyclists

Bicycles are vehicles and have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists.  That means that you must ride in the same direction as traffic, yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk, and obey the rules of the road.  (In New Hampshire a crosswalk is defined as “that part of a highway at an intersection included within the connections of the lateral lines on opposite sides of the highway measured from the curbs, or in the absence of curbs from the edges of the traversable highway or any portion of a highway at an intersection or elsewhere distinctly indicated for pedestrian crossing by lines or other markings on the surface.”)  Bicyclists also need to use due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian anywhere – whether in a crosswalk or not.

Bicycles are expected to ride on the right side of the road with a few exceptions.  A bicycle would move over from the right side when it is passing another vehicle in the same direction, when something is in the right side of the road – including an opened door of a parked car, when the road is divided into three marked lanes, or if a street or roadway is marked one-way.

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Governor Maggie Hassan is expected to sign into a law a bill that would create “Joshua’s Law,” named after a  young boy who was shot and killed by his father at a Manchester visitation center last year.  The law does not change current law or enhance penalties, but rather it gathers all of the existing laws under one section of the state’s criminal code.  New Hampshire is currently one of only 15 states that does not have a separate classification for domestic violence.domestic violence

Gov. Hassan said in a news release shortly after the Senate passed the bill, “Passing Joshua’s Law to establish a crime of domestic violence is a common-sense step that will improve the safety of our families by helping law enforcement and prosecutors better identify and stop repeat abusers. The measure will also increase understanding of domestic violence and help victims access support and protections as early as possible.”

Currently someone who assaults or makes a threat toward a domestic partner or family member could face charges under one of 17 state statues – including simple assault, criminal threatening, or others.  The new law would allow law enforcement to charge an assailant with domestic violence, which would be treated different than assault by a stranger.  Deputy Attorney General Ann Rice has said this change would improve the accuracy of state records, which would lead to improved federal reporting.  Currently the state does not have a crime of domestic violence which leads to chronic abusers going unrecognized, according to some state officials.

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Many people view motorcycles as a dangerous form of transportation.  Statistics show the injuries resulting from motorcycle collisions are often far worse than those from automobile crashes.  As avid motorcyclists, we have compiled a list of suggestions to help fellow bikers stay safe.  Here are some common-sense suggestions that will help you avoid motorcycle accidents:

Think safety first: Enroll in a New Hampshire motorcycle training class and complete the training course provided by the NH DMV.  It is relatively inexpensive and provides great motorcycle riding instruction and safety tips.  In addition, it may also reduce your insurance premiums.  To be visible on the roadways, make sure you take advantage of all safety equipment available for motorcyclists, including brightly-colored clothing.  Bright colors make it easier for others to see you in low light.Motorcycle Safety

Left-turning vehicles: This is one of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents.  Habitually, drivers are usually on the lookout for other automobile drivers, not motorcyclists.  So it is up to you to be on the look-out for unexpected left turning vehicles.  Slow down when approaching an intersection and be prepared to take evasive action if necessary.  If a collision occurs and you sustain serious injuries, it’s advisable to speak with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney before giving any statements to insurance companies.

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