The rate of auto accidents in the United States is staggeringly high. There are too many drivers on the roads that have tendencies toward aggressive and distracted driving. However, the fact that car accidents are common does not mean that they are harmless. Auto accidents can be very costly, now and in the future. In the state of New Hampshire, victims of car accidents have legal options, but at what point exactly do you need an attorney to file a personal injury claim after a car accident?
Auto accidents can cause a multitude of injuries. Some of the injuries caused by car accidents may not be immediately apparent as they are injuries that you may not be able to see, but have more “silent” symptoms, so to speak. Often, the type of injury you suffer may depend on the severity of the accident in which you have been involved, but that is not always the case. A few examples of common injuries that you may suffer due to an auto accident are as follows:
- Brain injuries;
- Back injuries;
- Broken bones;
- Neck injuries; and
- Emotional distress.
Brain injuries are particularly dangerous because our brains play possibly the most vital role as our body’s control center. There is one very common brain injury caused by auto accidents—a concussion; however, when a brain injury such as a concussion occurs, there are some little-known signs that this brain injury has occurred of which we should all be aware.
Brain Injuries or Concussions After an Auto Accident
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.
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.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim After a Motorcycle Accident in New Hampshire
Pedestrian accidents can be among the most severe types of personal injuries that you can suffer. Getting hit by a car -– even a car that was only traveling very slowly -– can lead to significant injuries because pedestrians are utterly without protection and cars are massive. Even the smallest vehicle on the roads today can weigh more than 2,500 pounds, while bigger ones like SUVs can be as heavy as 7,000. The force of all of this weight makes getting hit by one of these vehicles rarely a trivial affair.
Getting compensated for the injuries that you suffer in a pedestrian accident is crucial to ensure you make a full recovery and get back on your feet. The personal injury attorneys at the Manchester, New Hampshire office of Tenn And Tenn, PA can help.
Pedestrian Accidents Happen Constantly
New Hampshire’s attempt to cut down on distracted driving car accidents led to the passage of a “hands-free” law that prohibits using any hand-held device while driving. These include cellphones, GPS devices, and tablets.
The law, codified at N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 265:79-c, went into effect in July 2015, and made New Hampshire the 15th state to have one. Violating it came with a $100 fine for a first offense. The fine increased to $250 fine for a second offense within 24 months, and then a $500 fine for a third offense.
But has the law worked? The results are inconclusive.
Police: Steep Decline in Fatal Crashes Due to Hands-Free Law
According to the police, the law is working wonders on the roads of our state. In an interview with New Hampshire Public Radio, Matt Shapiro, a major in the New Hampshire State Police, claimed that there was “clear evidence” that the law was working.
Two people suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries when they were involved in a car accident with a moose. The incident highlights how dangerous a crash with a wild animal can be.
Car Hits Moose: Two Hurt
The incident happened on May 26, 2018, in Campton, New Hampshire.
The driver and a passenger of a Mini Cooper were traveling northbound on Interstate 93 when a moose appeared in front of them on the roadway. The driver was not able to avoid hitting the moose head-on, and ended up driving into the trees on the side of the highway after the collision.
While the driver was able to walk away from the crash, the passenger was trapped inside the vehicle. People who stopped to help after the crash were able to pry the roof far enough to get the passenger out of the car.
In New Hampshire, springtime is upon us and the last Nor’easter seems to have passed. Now that we are into May, though, spring is finally here. While the warmer temperatures and longer days are the best parts of the season, yard work and home maintenance also need to be squeezed in as well. Putting these chores off can increase the chances that you get hit with something worse than a blizzard—premises liability.
The Strain of Winter Damages Your Property
In New Hampshire, winter is long and grueling. Snow sits for weeks on the ground, untouched, seeping into whatever it is sitting on and damaging it over long periods of time. If untreated before the snow starts falling, or uncared for once it begins, outside fixtures can depreciate, bend, weaken, and soften to the point where they can break without much notice.
If you are the one who gets hurt by these unknown dangers, it can lead to a debilitating injury. If it is someone else who gets hurt, though, it can very easily be you who is made to pay for the costs of their recovery.
Hazards on Your Property Can Lead to Premises Liability
Dangerous conditions on your property can cause someone else to slip or trip and fall and get hurt. Potholes, weak stairs, rotted floorboards, slippery walkways, and crumbling railings can all lead to someone getting seriously hurt if the danger is not apparent and they do not notice the hazard.
A car accident in Epsom, New Hampshire proved to be a deadly one with one of the drivers perishing from the injuries. Three others were rushed to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The incident highlights how the legal doctrine of negligence per se can work in a car crash case. Continue reading →
Winter Weather Hazards
It’s always cold the beginning of the New Year in New Hampshire, but recent history has proven it to be brutal. New Hampshire confronts unique issues with the weather because it can get substantially more frigid than the rest of the country. Slick roads, snow shoveling and the potential for frostbite are an everpresent danger during the winter.
- Drive safely in snow and avoid driving when road conditions are particularly inhospitable and visibility is low.
- Be mindful of the potential for frostbite if shoveling snow or outside for any other purpose, and take regular breaks to ensure your body temperature does not drop too low.