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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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Awareness Begins for New Law Banning Handheld Devices in New Hampshire

Handheld devices, most commonly cell phones, are simply a part of daily life for the majority of Americans. However, using them behind the wheel can be deadly. In fact, the problem of distracted driving due to handheld devices has become so prevalent that there are laws in place to ban their use while a car is in motion. In New Hampshire, texting while driving has been illegal for some time. But, using a handheld device to email, program a GPS, or for other uses will soon be illegal also. New Hampshire will effectively ban the use of handheld devices while driving starting July 2015. handheldbanimages

While the ban isn’t legal just yet, there is currently a public service campaign in effect to make drivers in the Granite State well aware of the law before it does take effect. There are electronic highway signs in use to spread the word. New Hampshire has also crafted a slogan to ensure awareness—“Hands Free, A Better Way to Be”. The law will also ban all minors from cell use behind the wheel, with the exception of an emergency.

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 Critics argue that Tasers and other high-voltage stunning devices can not only cause personal injury but also cardiac arrhythmia in susceptible subjects. The use of a Taser by police on human beings can cause a heart attack in minutes to even the healthiest of people. Death can occur by ventricular fibrillation, if not treated immediately which can lead to cardiac arrest. The death of a 31 year old medical school graduate is being investigated by Connecticut state police after a Taser incident led to his death. Lashono Gilbert died Saturday morning, a few hours after being arrested on the suspicion of carjacking. Police officers used a Taser on the man twice in an eight hour span. The police were forced to Taser him the first time for resisting arrest. He attacked officers a few hours later at the police station which led to a second use of a Taser on the man. police taser

 His body was being examined, sometime Sunday, by the chief medical examiner to determine the cause of death.

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It may be startling to know that Halloween is statistically the deadliest day for pedestrians being hit by cars. Nearly three times as many pedestrian deaths occur on this holiday as compared to any other day of the year. Of those deaths, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 19 percent of the pedestrian deaths involve alcohol. Halloween is on a Friday this year, which could increase the chances of a pedestrian accident. Because trick or treaters can’t always rely on motor vehicle drivers to abide by the rules of the road or take their safety into consideration, it is up to pedestrians to keep themselves safe while out trick or treating. Kids Halloween

Follow the Rules of The Road

When going out trick or treating, the safest way to avoid becoming an accident victim is to follow the rules of the road yourself. This means using crosswalks and sidewalks, while paying attention to stop lights and traffic. Also, travel in groups minimizes the chance of being hit as a vehicle driver is simply more apt to see a group rather than an individual. Children under 12 should always have an adult present, even with a group.

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The action of being pulled over by the police for any reason can be distressing and cause a driver to panic. When you know you are being pulled over by the police for suspicion of DUI, an overwhelming sense of fear may overtake you even if you know you have done nothing illegal. Regardless of whether or not being pulled over for DUI is justified or warranted under the New Hampshire law, there are a few basic points and behaviors to keep in mind as the situation unfold. These points can help minimize the time you have to deal with the police and possibly help minimize your chances of being charged with a DUI. DUI Stop

Things to Remember

  1. Behavior is everything. How you act toward the police officer from the second contact is made can play a huge role in how the situation unfolds. This means you should be courteous and polite even if you are personally upset or angry about being pulled over. Part of being polite is promptly having all documents in order and answering in a “yes sir” “no sir” manner. One basic rule of behavior is to remain composed and not make any sudden or threatening movements. This is for your legal protection as well as your personal safety.
  2. Being polite does not mean you have to surrender your rights. While remaining courteous at all times is a must, you do not have to do all that officer requests. This can include breathalyzer tests and field sobriety tests. Part of protecting your rights may entail refusing to answer questions related to your alleged alcohol consumption or destination. You can politely state that you know your rights and choose not to answer or perform any test. It is recommended that you give brief answers if you do chose to answer questions. If you have a clear issue with a field sobriety test, such as health concerns that will yield unfavorable results, you can certainly explain those issues and decline the test on those grounds. Remember, field sobriety tests are subjective and in no way an exact science.
  3. Be observant of the officer’s behavior and take notes of the facts of the situation. If you feel you were treated disrespectfully or unlawfully, it can be useful to write down the facts of the situation or the statements exchanged. Even if you feel the officer was as professional and respectful as possible, it is advised that you write down the basic facts of the incident such as: date, time, tests given, weather conditions, and if your rights were explained.
  4. Hire a DUI Lawyer. Lastly, if you have been charged with DUI, it is critically important to have a skilled and experienced criminal attorney evaluate the situation as soon as possible. Anyone pulled over has rights and protections under the law, regardless of the situation. Everyone also has the right to know the exact nature of any evidence that may be presented against them, including chemical or breath test The best way to gauge the potential outcome of a DUI charge is to have a DUI attorney outline these rights and protections, and to defend you.

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A man from Pittsfield, New Hampshire was killed  recently when his motorcycle crashed into another vehicle.  Police told WMUR, that the 54-year-old man was riding behind a vehicle on Suncook Valley Highway.  When the lead vehicle turned right an SUV pulled on the Highway from the side road and the motorcycle hit it.  Authorities said an off-duty firefighter attempted to perform CPR, but he died at the scene. caution

Although Labor Day has come and gone, there will still be hundreds of motorcycles on the roads as we move into fall.  There are some things to keep in mind both as a motorcyclist as well as a vehicle driver.

Bikers, remember to wear protective equipment.  This includes a helmet, eye protection, ear protection, jackets, gloves, riding pants, and boots.  In the event of a crash, these safety  items may not only help to protect your skin from significant road rash, they could save your life.

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