Merging auto accidents are accidents that occur when one car swipes another vehicle either from the side or sometimes from the back while merging into another lane. Merging onto another road or into another lane is something that happens on a regular and daily basis, so these accidents happen rather frequently. They can result in property damage, bodily injuries, and/or fatalities. It depends on the circumstances of the accident, but of course, speed always plays an important role in how severe or not an accident is.
Imagine you have just moved to our beautiful Manchester, New Hampshire, and a friend comes to visit you in your new surroundings. You decide to take your friend on a scenic drive along the Amoskeag Millyard Scenic and Cultural Byway to show off your new town’s historic landmarks and boutiques, when suddenly you’re involved in a car accident, a serious one, and your friend is injured.
Experiencing a car accident is always traumatizing, even when the damage is minimal and the injuries appear insignificant. When it’s the latter case, most people are inclined to share car insurance information and then be on their way. But sometimes, even in minor collisions, it may be important to see a doctor directly after the accident, and here are a few reasons why.
Sometimes You May Not Know You Have an Injury Initially
Think about your commute to and from work. How many intersections do you have to go through to get to your destination? According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), one-quarter of traffic fatalities in the United States happen in intersections, making them one of the most dangerous aspects of driving. Vehicles are not the only things passing through intersections; pedestrians and bicyclists also use intersections as they make their way to a destination.
We’ve all probably had this experience. You are out and about driving on a Granite State road, when suddenly there’s another vehicle behind you, and the driver of that vehicle is driving aggressively and following way too close for your comfort. Maybe they are in a hurry and impatient because you, the safety-first driver, are driving the speed limit. Or maybe they are just a jerk and they like intimidating other drivers while they are in their almost-monster-sized truck. You gently tap your brakes a few times to indicate that they need to back off, but this only makes them follow even closer. A quick glance into your rear-view mirror and you see that the driver is either waving their arms in frustration or giving you “the bird.”
Simple incidents like this can quickly escalate into serious provocations with harmful outcomes. In April 2019, two men driving along Route 4 in Grafton, New Hampshire got into some kind of altercation as they drove, which ended in a minor collision. Both men then got out of their cars and continued their argument, when finally one man pulled out a handgun and shot the other in the stomach. The man who was shot survived, and the trigger puller was charged with first-degree assault. An investigation into the gunman showed he has a history of road rage, including seven separate other road rage aggressions–four of which happened along the same Route 4 just weeks before he shot his victim.
Road Rage and How to Avoid It
In New Hampshire, the law and the courts expect parents to make decisions that are always in the best interests of their children, regardless of what the parents may think of one another. If you’re divorcing and have children here in the Granite State, you and your ex will be expected to come up with a parenting plan that will address many aspects, including but not limited to the following:
- Decision-making responsibility
- Residential responsibility (formerly known as custody)
- Transportation and exchanging of children
- Dispute resolution.
In this blog we will cover each of these topics, but you should contact a trusted and experienced family attorney to learn about the other details of a parenting plan you will need to address.
Benefits of Co-Parenting in New Hampshire
When insurance isn’t enough to cover compensatory damages, what do you do? This is a common concern for so many personal injury victims of serious accidents, whether caused by a car, truck, motorcycle, bike, or pedestrian.
Serious injuries, like brain injuries or spinal cord injuries, usually translate into the need for serious compensation, which would cover all your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, among many other expenses and cost – both economic and non-economic.
Here’s an overview of the minimum insurance requirements in New Hampshire, which would be the least in compensation you can expect, and a brief discussion of your possible options if the at-fault party’s insurance does not fully cover your costs.
Minimum Insurance Requirements in New Hampshire
Living in New Hampshire has a lot of benefits: breath-taking scenery, a sparsely populated state, and an unobtrusive government. Most New Hampshirites are fiercely proud of the “Live free or die” motto and are deeply invested in it, which is probably the reason why New Hampshire has some unique laws.
Even though driving while talking on a cell phone was finally banned in 2015, New Hampshire still does not require car passengers to wear a seatbelt or motorcyclists to wear a helmet. And drivers in New Hampshire are not required to purchase auto insurance if they have the financial means to cover medical bills or property damage caused by an accident.
Uninsured Drivers in New Hampshire
As of October 8, 2019, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports over 1,200 lung injury cases associated with the use of e-cigarettes or vaping. Twenty-six people, from twenty-one different states, have died because they used e-cigarettes or vaping products. All this and the manufacturers of these products continue to profit seemingly without restraint.
As the leaves are beginning to turn colors here in the Granite State, you might think about taking a drive through some of New Hampshire’s more scenic areas to enjoy the highlights of autumn. Driving along scenic highways can be beautiful, but it can also be dangerous if an animal suddenly darts out in front of your car, causing you to either swerve and crash into a tree or hitting the animal altogether. If you hit an animal on a New Hampshire road or highway, who is responsible for the damage to your car and any injuries you suffered from the accident?