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Since the world began tracking COVID-19 cases, there have been nearly 168 million cases worldwide and more than 33 million cases in the United States. Although the long-term consequences of COVID-19 infection are still unfolding, some of the effects came into play as early as last summer, when experts predicted that as many as 1 in 3 patients could experience neurological after-effects of the disease.

Neurological Impact

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Beyond lung damage, this is perhaps the most concerning long-term effect. Although scientists are undecided on whether COVID-19 attacks the brain itself, the evidence clearly points to the ongoing potential results: increased fatigue, sleep disorders, gait challenges, loss of vision, and tingling/numbness in limbs. And, the prediction from last August has proven to be prescient and accurate by several longitudinal studies. “The survivors displayed a wide array of neurological symptoms: fatigue, from memory and attention issues to sleep disorders, myalgias followed by depression/anxiety, visual disturbances, tremors, and anosmia, the loss of the sense of smell.”

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After a car crash, depending on the severity of it, you may feel fine and decide you don’t need medical attention. No one will make you go to ER or Urgent Care (unless, of course, you are noticeably in need of it), so it is all up to you. But what happens if you don’t go and then a few days later, even weeks later, you start getting headaches or other aches and pains in the neck and shoulder area? How do you explain this new pain?

One answer: the car accident. But how do you now prove it?crash1-300x150

You didn’t go to the hospital, so what happen if your injuries are delayed after a car crash? Can you still be compensated for them if the accident was caused by another person? You better believe the insurance company for the other party will do all it can to argue that these new aches and pains have nothing to do with the accident. So, the first takeaway here is: always seek medical attention after an accident if you in any way struck your head or were jolted backwards, forwards, or sideways – even if you feel fine after the sudden shock of it.

What happens in New Hampshire if your injuries are delayed after a car crash?

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If you are injured in an auto accident in New Hampshire, of course, you are going to want the most compensation you can receive to cover the damages or replacement of your car, your medical injuries and treatment, and any pain and suffering that might last long after the accident has been cleared up. There are several factors that impact an auto claim with an insurance company, but first things first.car_crash_0-300x198

Moments After an Accident

Immediately after an auto accident, you should first try to assess your injuries and how severe they are. If you are able, you should also check the other driver and determine whether an ambulance needs to be called for either of you or any passengers. Do not make any statements about the accident itself, such as “This is all your fault,” etc., other than to say that you are calling for help.

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Distracted driving is a serious cause of auto accidents. It is estimated that in the United States, each day nine people die from car accidents caused by distracted drivers while another 1,000 persons are injured due to the same, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And those are just from accidents where the driver was known to have been distracted – it’s thought that these numbers are actually higher given the nature of distractions and the inability to confirm each case.

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Man being hit by car driven by young woman

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Whether you’re driving a few short blocks away from your New Hampshire home or you’re enjoying a scenic drive along one of NH’s many mountainous highways, there’s always the potential for an accident to happen.

Moreover, despite recent events, the number of auto accidents and associated injuries seems to be spiking.

The New Hampshire Office of Highway Safety found that the first half of 2020 featured a 70% increase in traffic-related fatalities compared to previous years. This doesn’t even touch on the number of life-changing injuries that can happen in conjunction with an auto accident. In the U.S. alone, nearly 3 million people experience auto accident injuries every year. 2 million of those people experience permanent effects as a result.

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It’s summertime and people are on the go for vacation or work. Oftentimes, night driving is preferred because it’s cooler and there’s less traffic. But nighttime brings inherent dangers to driving, and this worsens with the weather, like a sudden thunderstorm.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you drive in or through New Hampshire this summer at night.driving-with-headlights-300x200

Tip No. 1: Follow the rules of the road.

This may seem obvious – and it is – but for safe night driving, it is all the more imperative to follow the rules of the road. At night, you have limited sight distance. Use your headlights. Refrain from tailgating. Do not speed.

When you do not follow these and other rules of the road, you place yourself, your passengers, and other people at higher risk of an auto accident more so at night than during the day.

For example, driving too closely at night is more dangerous than during the day for many reasons. First, the driver of the other vehicle may become nervous with you so close at night and react in a negative way. Second, your headlights can affect the driver in front of you while he or she drives. Third, if anything happens, your vision is reduced, and you have less time to react in a preventative way.

Tip No. 2: Drive more defensively.

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The worse happens: a drunk driver strikes your vehicle and you and/or any of your passengers are injured because of it. The drunk driver is apprehended and taken into custody. You are taken to the hospital for personal injuries. What happens next?woman-in-shock-after-car-accident-300x200

For many people who are hit by a drunk driver and survive, they often think they can’t file a claim if the driver has been charged and is undergoing a criminal investigation. That is far from the truth. Here’s what you should know if you are in a car accident caused by a drunk driver and sustain injuries, particularly brain traumaspinal cord injuries, or multiple bone injuries common to drunk driving accidents.

Drunk Drivers are Drivers Nonetheless and May Have Auto Insurance

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Summer is usually time for construction, maintenance, or repairs on highways and interstates. It’s also time for road trips. The combination of the two can be deadly. So, when a car accident happens in a work zone, who is liable for it?

Who is liable for car accidents in work zones?

A car accident in a work zone is like any other car accident really: whoever was at fault is liable. Two prime suspects for liability include:

  1. the driver; and
  2. the construction company. work-zone--300x225

The At-Fault Driver

Many work zone accidents are the result of negligence, and examples of driver negligence include:

  • multi-car collision after the first car collides with construction equipment;
  • rear-end collision while cars are moving slowly or are stopped and are bumper to bumper;
  • collisions caused by distracted drivers who fail to see warning signs, construction workers, etc.

When a driver is at fault for the car accident, you can file a claim or lawsuit against his or her auto insurer as well as the driver directly, depending on the circumstances.

The At-Fault Construction Company

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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.merging-lane_change_accident-300x200

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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.passenger-300x159

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