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Irish green is about to cover all of New Hampshire next week, and it won’t be from spring time grass,  just yet. St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, is fast approaching and plans for state-wide festivities are in full gear. One of the largest parties this year will be at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Manchester on March 30thSt. Paddy's Day

Along with large parties and green beer comes increased police presence and an increase in the chances of being involved in an accident. In fact, there are thousands of people each year who are involved in car accidents related to alcohol. One third of all traffic fatalities are alcohol related, and many of those drivers have twice the legal limit in their systems at the time of the crash. Because of these sobering statistics, it is vital that anyone planning to paint the town green be safe and know their limits this St. Patricks day.

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 Thousands of snowplow accidents occur every year especially in states with heavy snowfall during the winter season! In the state of New Hampshire alone at least several hundred accidents take place during the snowy part of year. The most common accidents that occur involve snowplows. How do you know if you can obtain any compensation for injuries caused after being struck by a snow plow in NH? Snow Plowing Accident

You must determine fault for the accident. An experienced personal injury attorney can investigate the accident and help determine if the snowplow or operator is the cause of the collision. If the accident has been caused by the other driver, you are potentially eligible to receive compensation. This can cover medical expenses, lost wages, damages, pain and suffering, and numerous other damages that you need because of your injury. There are many reasons a person may be held responsible for a NH car accident and we have highlighted some of the most often causes below:

 Exhausted Driver

The driver was not paying attention and obeying the rules of the road because of sleep deprivation.This is usually caused by working and driving too many long hours at once.

Distracted Driving

There are many causes of inattention such as eating, smoking, texting, talking on cell phone, fiddling with music or GPS, and looking at maps.

Substance Abuse

There is never a good excuse to drive or operate any vehicle while intoxicated. This is especially true for alcohol and drug use. Please drive while sober!

Improper Maintenance Of Vehicle

All snow plows need regular check-ups and repairs annually in order to offer safe, efficient, and quality snow removal. Safety is of the utmost importance for both the plow operator and other motorists.

If you have been injured due a collision with a snow plow, retaining an experienced NH Injury Attorneys is your best bet to help you obtain fair compensation for your injuries. Let your lawyer handle everything including meeting all deadlines, filing all the necessary documents with the Court or insurance companies, and managing your medical expense file. An experienced NH injury firm will make things go smoothly and allow you to relax while recovering from the traumatic accident.

 Call a law firm in New Hampshire in order to review your case

 Many snowplows are owned by city offices like the NH Department of Transportation or other municipalities. These establishments have strict filing and notice time limits. These harsh deadlines can be frustrating and stressful if you do not immediately take action to have your injury case resolved. Let a professional legal team offer the support that will make it less troublesome.

 If you have sustained serious injuries after being struck by a snow plow in NH, contact the NH Injury Attorneys at Tenn And Tenn, PA. to discuss your claim and legal options.

 

 

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New Domestic Violence Law in New Hampshire as of January 2015 – Joshua’s Law

A new law has recently been passed in New Hampshire that will provide greater protection for those who are victims of domestic violence. This New Hampshire law also known as Joshua’s Law was named after a young victim that passed away due to an abusive father. This radical new law will allow domestic violence to be placed in a category all of its own. In the past, the state of NH charged people who commend domestic violence with assault. shutterstock_39879043

This change in the way domestic violence is categorized will allow the people who perpetrate these crimes to be better tracked. If someone in the future has one or more domestic violence charges on their record, a red flag is going to be sent out to both the police and the courts. This will keep them from falling into the cracks, and this also allows child protective services to better judge a home life situation.

Half of all homicides are direct results of domestic violence. Now with this law in place, the law enforcement will be better equipped to track those who are repeat offenders, and hopefully this will save lives. Getting repeat offenders off the streets is one of this bill’s main goals.

Domestic Violence Is a Serious Matter and You Will Need Professional Counsel

In the state of New Hampshire, domestic violence isn’t something that the courts or law enforcement take lightly. In fact, if police are called to a home regarding domestic violence they are bound by law to make an arrest. While domestic violence is terrible, both the victim and the accused have their legal rights.

When you have been charge with this damaging crime not only is your freedom at stake, but also your good name. Getting down to the facts is what you are going to need to protect your rights. By hiring a professional criminal defense lawyer that is experienced in domestic violence law, you will have someone that knows these specific laws standing by your side.

Restraining Orders

When a domestic violence case has been filed, a restraining order will almost always follow. This can break up families and cause major life changing disturbances to everyone that is involved. So having the right legal counsel just might help make the difference between staying in your home or having to move.

A domestic violence lawyer will get down to the details of what really happened and investigate the situation on a professional level. This type of professional guidance can help put things back together and get your life back. No matter if you are the accused or the accuser, having someone in your courner that knows the ropes is very important.

Facing a charge of domestic violence in NH? When your freedom is at stake, only a professional can help you. Contact an experienced  NH criminal attorney.

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Winter snow is beautiful in New Hampshire, however it can be very dangerous, and sometimes frightening for motorists caught in dangerous conditions out on the roadways. A motorist has to be particularly careful, because auto accidents often happen in poor weather situations. Accidents can be minor or can be severe causing you to total your car or cause serious bodily injury. There are all kinds of basic safety rules that help you when you’re faced with a difficult winter road emergency; and tons of information available online. The State of New Hampshire reminds drivers with NH winter weather advisories to limit road travel in times of heavy snow storms to allow the Department of Transportation to plow and treat the roadways.Winter Driving in New Hampshire

 Here are a few very important driving tips when dealing with severe winter weather:

 -Avoid driving when you’re particularly fatigued. Make sure you’re getting plenty of rest before and after winter weather tasks so you’re well rested to avoid driving risks.

– Never leave your car turned on, or warm up vehicle in an open garage- you risk carbon monoxide poisoning, a serious, silent odorless killer.

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A recent local news story concerning New Hampshire Motor Speedway general manager Jerry Gappens centers around NH’s public indecency and lewdness statute, RSA 645:1. As reported, Mr. Gappens was arrested last week and charged with lewdness after police allegedly spotted him engaged in sexual activity with a woman in the back seat of his Toyota Sequoya SUV. Detectives from the Manchester Police Street Crime Unit were monitoring illicit activities at around 5:45 p.m. near Lincoln and Manchester streets when they spotted a woman enter the passenger side of an SUV, which then drove toward Hanover Street, the police said. Manchester police officers followed the SUV into a parking lot where they say they “observed an act of lewdness take place in the vehicle.”Mr. Gappens, 53, along with Kendra Johnson, 19 was charged with a misdemeanor level offense. lewdness

Public Indecency and Lewdness in NH is defined as:

NH RSA 645:1 Indecent Exposure and Lewdness.  
    I. A person is guilty of a misdemeanor if such person fornicates, exposes his or her genitals, or performs any other act of gross lewdness under circumstances which he or she should know will likely cause affront or alarm. 
    II. A person is guilty of a class B felony if: 
       (a) Such person purposely performs any act of sexual penetration or sexual contact on himself or herself or another in the presence of a child who is less than 16 years of age. 
       (b) Such person purposely transmits to a child who is less than 16 years of age, or an individual whom the actor reasonably believes is a child who is less than 16 years of age, an image of himself or herself fornicating, exposing his or her genitals, or performing any other act of gross lewdness. 
       (c) Having previously been convicted of an offense under paragraph I, or of an offense that includes the same conduct under any other jurisdiction, the person subsequently commits an offense under paragraph I. 
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When it comes to drunk driving we all know the dangers. The police, local media, public service announcements, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and many other advocate groups have warned of the dangers of such behavior for years. But many of us don’t realize just how dangerous drowsy driving can be. In fact, drowsy driving is now being called just as dangerous as getting behind the wheel after having one too many drinks. This may seem like an exaggeration but the studies and statistics don’t lie. sleep driving_221972980

Fatal Accidents Due To Drowsy Driving Is On the Rise

In 2010 drowsy driving made up 16.5% of all fatal crashes in the United States. While this number might seem small, it is a significant cause of highway deaths. But in 2014, this number jumped to 21%. While we are not sure why these numbers have changed it has become a serious situation for all of us who share the same roadways. AAA has recently quoted the Traffic Safety’s Annual Traffic Safety Culture Index as reporting that 1 in 10 people have admitted to falling asleep at the wheel. While many of these people in the study had not been involved in fatal crashes, many have run off the road or gotten into minor fender benders. But things don’t go so well for others.

Surveys Prove That Many of Us Are Guilty of Drowsy Driving

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Health care providers are charged with the responsibility of making the most beneficial health care decisions for their patients. They have a responsibility to keep those patients safe and to keep others safe from their patients if they feel a patient may pose a danger to the public. When it comes to a person’s ability to drive safely and to avoid a potential car accident, a patient may pose a risk to himself or herself and the public in general. The new law in New Hampshire, HB 263, protects health care professionals from liability if they report a patient as medically unfit to drive. Accidents caused by elderly drivers

Law Takes Effect 1/1/2015

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Avoid an Auto Accident and DUI on New Year’s Eve 2014

New Year’s Eve is one of the most exciting and promise-filled nights of the year. Everyone lets go of the happenings of the last year and makes vibrant plans for the year ahead. For some, the festivities can quickly lead to both tragedy and trouble with the law. Accidents and DUI incidents can replace toasts and resolutions. But, with a few tips and pieces of advice, you can enjoy the party and ring in the New Year without seeing the lights of an ambulance or patrol car. Auto Accident on New Years Eve.

Don’t Drink and Drive

Roughly 42% of all traffic fatalities on New Year’s Eve are alcohol related. The most obvious way to avoid being one of those statistics is to not drink and drive. However, you can still enjoy the party and your favorite holiday cocktail by securing a designated driver well in advance. Another tip is to make plans to either stay where you are or to use public transportation. Many cab companies offer free rides home for New Year’s Eve partiers. If you do drink and have to drive, give yourself time to sober up and make sure you eat enough to minimize the impact of the alcohol. Drinking a glass of water in between alcoholic drinks also helps. Before you get behind the wheel, be sure your turn signals, brake lights, and headlights all work. This will reduce the chances of getting pulled over and will also help reduce the chance of another driver hitting you.

If you do get pulled over, a DUI isn’t always the outcome. If you remain polite, calm, and respectful, the officer may be inclined to give a warning. You should also avoid telling your life story and admitting how many drinks you might have had. Keep it simple and also be aware of your rights. You can decline to do a field sobriety test and tell the officer you wish to speak to an attorney before answering any questions.

New Year’s Accident Statistics

There are over 140 traffic deaths on New Year’s Eve in general and it is the second deadliest day on the road. For pedestrians, it is the deadliest night of the year. To decrease your chances of being involved in a car accident, you should be sure your car is functioning properly. If your brake lights or headlights aren’t working correctly, you are at risk of being hit by someone, drunk or sober. Also, remember that it is a heavily traveled night and many people may have been drinking. Take lesser known routes with minimal traffic and be alert. It is advised that you take weather into consideration also and take your time. Rushing to the party or trying to rush home on a dangerous road is a recipe for disaster.

If you are involved in an accident or have been charged with a DUI, don’t let the incident ruin 2015. Having a skilled and experienced attorney by your side for a personal injury case or for a DUI can help you put the incident behind you quicker and lessen the impact it can have on your new year.

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Takata Airbag Recall: What New Hampshire Vehicle Owners Need To Know

 Do you own a car that was made between the years of 2000-2008? Is it an Acura, BMW, Chrysler, Dodge/Ram, Ford, Honda, Infiniti, Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Pontiac, Saab, Subaru, or Toyota? If so your model may be eligible for a recall. Takata Airbag Recall

 Approximately 7.8 million vehicles are under the recall from 10 different automakers. This recall affects either the front driver’s air bag, passenger air bag or in some cases both front air bags. This is the case with a widely used Japanese made airbag, from a brand called Takata; who is coming under fire for releasing a faulty airbag. A few deaths and hundreds of injuries have been reported due to this air bag defect. If your vehicle has this type of air bag and you are involved in a car accident that is severe enough to deploy your cars air bag system and your vehicle has this type of system then you may suffer injury from the air bag itself, never mind the accident. These airbags have a critical flaw of propelling too violently and expelling dangerous shrapnel into the interior of the car, potentially injuring the people inside. Instead of using a controllable propellant, Takata employed ammonium nitrate, which reacts strongly to high amounts of moisture related to humidity- causing the airbags to malfunction dangerously.

 To check if your vehicle is on the recall list visit safecar.gov and enter your vehicle identification number located in the lower left hand corner (driver’s side) of your windshield or on your vehicle registration.

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 It is estimated that the roads of America will carry more than forty million Americans towards their loved ones and family members this Thanksgiving season. While this is shy of the count from last year, drivers must continue to heed caution as they take to the streets and venture off to celebrate with those that care for them, especially if in New Hampshire. The accident attorneys at Tenn And Tenn, P. A. in Manchester NH have provided several tips for motorists to follow: thanksgiving

1) If traveling long distances, motorists should double check their vehicle to assure it is ready for extended travel. Make sure your car is roadworthy and safe before beginning your Holiday travel. Having the car inspected by a certified auto technician may be the best advice, however personal inspections should include checking for proper tire pressure, making sure the gas tank is more than three quarters of the way full, ensuring that the car battery is fully functional, and testing the various lights and blinkers.

 2) Avoid driving for extended periods of time without taking a break. Driving can cause fatigue and result in diminished capacity to properly observe ones surroundings. Stop frequently to rest and regroup. Always avoid consuming alcohol before or during driving.

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