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Over the weekend a pistol, pepper spray, a pregnant woman, and two vehicles were all a part of a road rage incident that still has police trying to sort out what actually happened. The incident began in Brattleboro, Vermont where a pregnant woman states that a man in a Subaru Forester threw a bottle at her Honda Civic. The dispute spilled over into Hinsdale, New Hampshire where witnesses say the cars stopped and the drivers argued. At this point, the woman returned to her car and allegedly rammed her car into the man’s car.roadrageainPhoto-300x200

The driver of the Subaru got out of the car and began to walk toward the pregnant woman when she noticed a pistol at his hip. As far as police know, the man kept the pistol holstered. Nevertheless, upon approach, the pregnant woman noticed the man’s pistol and retrieved her pepper spray and sprayed the man in the face.

The man declined medical treatment at the scene, but the woman was taken to the hospital. She was treated and released. The police have yet to file charges as they are still trying to determine the facts of the situation.

Simple Assault in New Hampshire

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A dump truck driver was charged with driving while intoxicated in Stratham, New Hampshire when he crashed his truck. His rig plowed through guardrails and signs, as he was trying to navigate around Stratham Traffic Circle, causing the vehicle to tip over onto its side spilling a load of sand on the roadway. The truck sustained damage, but the driver was able to climb out of a window without injury. There were no injuries caused in this crash.dwi-arrest-1-300x225

DWI and Professional Licenses in New Hampshire

A DWI can have a monumental impact on a person’s life. Multiple penalties are possible, including steep fines, loss of your driver’s license, and jail time. Moreover, a DWI arrest can affect your livelihood by potentially putting your professional license, a license required for you to do your job, in jeopardy.

A professional license, for a teacher, doctor, lawyer, or even a commercial driver may all be revoked if convicted of a DWI. There are several different types of professional licenses and New Hampshire laws to govern each one. A few types of professional licenses are discussed below.

Physician and Nurse Professional License

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When injured in a car accident, the recovery process can take a large toll financially and emotionally on the victim and the victim’s family. Medical bills can quickly build up and the injury victim may not be able to work while recovering from the accident. The family may be wondering where will the money come from to pay for all the medical expenses.

Types of Medical Costs

Medical expenses can begin to accrue immediately following treatment in an auto accident. However, an accident victim may require multiple visits to the doctor or hospital following initial treatment. Depending on the severity of the injury involved, it is very possible that the victims will have to continue with follow-up or ongoing medical care, for months or years to come.medical-bills8684-300x200

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Earlier this month, the Brentwood, New Hampshire Fire Chief, Bill Campbell was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence. The arrest took place in Fremont after his pickup truck crossed the center line on Route 107. He hit another vehicle before ultimately striking a telephone pole and coming to a stop on the side of his vehicle.duiimages

Campbell, also employed as a full-time fire lieutenant in Nashua, has been placed on unpaid leave as fire chief in Brentwood and paid leave from the fire department in Nashua. Campbell waived arraignment and entered a not guilty plea in Brentwood Circuit Court.

Detecting a Drunk Driver in New Hampshire

There are three phases in the DUI/DWI detection process that New Hampshire law enforcement use in the determination of whether or not an individual should be arrested for driving while intoxicated:

  • Phase One – Vehicle in Motion;
  • Phase Two – Personal Contact; and
  • Phase Three – Pre ‐arrest Screening

When a traffic accident occurs, officers will then begin with the personal contact phase once they arrive on the scene of the accident. The officers will use “cues” during the personal contact to determine whether or not they should advance to the pre-arrest screening phase. When an accident has been caused by an individual who is suspected to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the accused individual may face an elevated DWI charge called an “Aggravated DWI.” “Aggravating factors include:

  • Driving at or above 30 miles per hour in excess of the posted speed limit;
  • Causing a motor vehicle accident that resulted in serious bodily injury to yourself or someone else (which can elevate the charge of aggravated DWI to a felony-level offense);
  • An attempt to flee or hide from the police;
  • Traveling with a passenger in the car whom is less than 16 years old; and
  • Operating a vehicle with an alcohol concentration of over .16.”

Immediate and Long-Term Penalties of a DWI Conviction

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A Manchester man was recently arrested in the parking lot of a Hooksett grocery store for aggravated DUI. Employees at the grocery store called police to report a man unconscious behind the wheel with the car still running. The man woke up when police reached into the vehicle to turn off the engine. The automobile was full of empty alcohol containers and police stated that the vehicle, and the man, had a very heavy alcohol odor.dui-1-300x200

Police asked the man to submit to standard field sobriety tests to which the man complied. Afterward, the man was arrested for aggravated DUI. Hooksett police reported that the man had a 0.22 blood alcohol content.

Aggravated DUI in New Hampshire

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Motorcycles are a true representation of freedom on the road. With the motorcycles rise in popularity has also come the rise in the number of motorcycle accidents. Accidents can be caused by hazardous road conditions, impaired driving, or negligent drivers. It is essential that motorcyclists understand their risks and rights before hitting the road.motorcyclecrash_001-300x196

Motorcycle Road Safety in New Hampshire

Earlier this year, the state of New Hampshire released the “New Hampshire Highway Safety Plan” in fulfillment of section 402 grant requirements of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In this plan, the state presented detailed statistics about New Hampshire motorcycle fatalities between the years of 2012-2016. They were broken by several different factors.

Unhelmeted Motorcycle Fatalities

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While riding a motorcycle may be one of the most invigorating feelings, it is imperative that motorcyclists practice the utmost safety while driving, as there are a myriad of safety hazards that can surprise even the most experienced motorcyclist.Motorcycle-500x334-300x200

Hazardous Roadway Characteristics

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a statement concerning roadway characteristics which pose a hazard to motorcyclists. The following are listed in the MSF and NHTSA statement:

  • Excessively high pavement ridges;
  • Potholes;
  • Slick materials used to repair cracks and other road surface blemishes;
  • Fluid spills;
  • Roadway debris;
  • Metal roadway surfaces;
  • Roadside barriers; and
  • Work-zone signage practices.

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Being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) in New Hampshire can have many steep potential penalties. Perhaps higher penalties than the accused DWI driver ever expected. Like any criminal charge, the penalties will speak to the severity of the situation, a regular DWI charge will, of course, be a lesser charge than an Aggravated DWI especially if one or more children under the age of 16 are present in the vehicle when arrested. If you also have the unfortunate circumstance to be going through a custody battle at the time of your arrest your chances at obtaining custody may diminish.DWI-with-child-300x150

Aggravated DWI in New Hampshire

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Riding a motorcycle down the open road can be invigorating. However, there are risks that come with riding a motorcycle and sharing the road with other vehicles. Dangerous road conditions and negligent drivers are some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in New Hampshire. In February 2018, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released the 2016 data on “Traffic Safety Facts” for Motorcycles. Some of the key findings about motorcycles on the road in 2016 are as follows:

  • There were 5,286 motorcyclist fatalities in 2016, a 5.1% increase from 2015;
  • Fatalities for motorcycle riders was nearly 28 times higher than passenger vehicle fatalities based on miles traveled;
  • 57% of motorcycle fatalities occurred in urban areas; and
  • 97% of motorcycle fatalities occurred under cloudy or clear conditions.statutelimitations3c6-2a2d22b30d9a-300x180

Filing a Personal Injury Claim After a Motorcycle Accident in New Hampshire

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Hudson law enforcement say that a Nashua, New Hampshire man has been arrested for drunk driving charges after he rear-ended another vehicle at a high rate of speed. Police were called to Lowell Road, in Hudson, around 5:30 p.m. in response to a two-car accident. A 2018 Toyota Camry rear-ended a 2018 Subaru Impreza as it was traveling as it was heading north on Lowell Road at a high rate of speed.dwi-arrest-300x225

Both the driver and the passenger in the Subaru were transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital to treat minor injuries. The driver of the Toyota was arrested at the scene for driving while intoxicated.

Driving While Intoxicated in New Hampshire