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?
Divorce is a difficult process and the lives of those involved is often in a state of upheaval. The process only becomes more stressful when dealing with the division of property and financial assets. Unfortunately, divorce proceedings can be very lengthy. When there are significant assets involved it is essential to have an attorney that is experienced in handling divorces involving high assets.
While you may want to believe the best about your soon-to-be-ex-spouse, divorce often brings out the worst in people and may cause them to do something extreme—like hide assets. At Tenn And Tenn, P.A. we know what to look for and understand the difficulty of such a life changing situation. We handle all of the details of your divorce, with the utmost of discretion and care, to ensure an equitable outcome in your case.
Is a Financial Affidavit Required in New Hampshire?
When you are arrested for a DUI/DWI in the State of New Hampshire you have requirements that must be performed after your initial arrest. After being arrested, you typically required to do a blood or breath test, typically at a police station without any right to speak with a DUI attorney. At that point, after being charged with a DUI in New Hampshire, you face two battles:
- Criminal prosecution in state court; and
- The potential administrative suspension of your driver’s license.
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
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.
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
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 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.