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Tenn-accidents-during-pandemic-215x300In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, mandatory lockdowns resulted in many companies moving to remote work, resulting in fewer cars on the road. For months, highways and roads that had been stop-and-go during rush hour were now open and empty. With the decrease in activity, one would expect a decrease in automobile accidents. In fact, the opposite was true.

A National Safety Council report found that an estimated 42,060 individuals died in auto accidents during 2020—this represents an increase of 8% compared to 2019. Eight states had an increase of more than 17% (ranging from 18% to 33%) in the number of estimated deaths due to car crashes. Examined through another lens, if you compare national “traffic deaths to the number of miles driven, the rate of fatalities rose 24%.”

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Tenn-Motorcycle-injury-page-300x179While New Hampshire motorcycle enthusiasts may reap the benefits of enjoying the open road, there are definite dangers that affect motorcycles more than others. Being a motorcyclist is risky. It doesn’t help that the type of injuries that even a skilled, defensive motorcyclist can sustain tend to cause a disproportionate amount of damage, pain, and suffering compared to closed-vehicle accidents.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in 2018, the number of motorcyclist (or motorcycle passenger) deaths was almost 27 times the number of deaths in cars per mile traveled. This is partially because the Continue reading →

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Tenn-ATV-accidents-300x230What’s the most frequent cause of off-road accidents in NH? What injuries can you expect—and what do you need to do afterward?

Car and motorcycle accidents are completely overwhelming, no matter where they occur or what type of vehicle is involved. While you’re healing after your accident, you’re also expected to manage paperwork, delicate negotiations, care for yourself and your family, and more.

We’re here to help you with the clear information you need. Below, find the answers to the top four questions about off-road injuries and accidents in New Hampshire. Continue reading →

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Facing an arrest when you livTenn-small-town-dui-300x242e in a small town can be embarrassing on top of the fear you’ll face of the possible consequences of a conviction. When you’re facing a DWI or DUI arrest in a small town, you may also face damage to your personal and professional reputation. So, let’s examine the possible consequences of a DWI or DUI conviction in New Hampshire and what you can do to retain your good reputation.

DWI and DUI Penalties

In New Hampshire, both DWI and DUI are used interchangeably for driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. There are several penalty possibilities depending on whether this is your first offense and aggravating factors.

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New Hampshire—home of Mount Washington, which is known for its erratic weather—receives heavy amounts of snowfall, rain, and ice every year. On average, precipitation occurs 133 days per year. The average rainfall is 46 inches of rain (compared to the US average of 38 inches) and 68 inches of snow (28 inches for the US). And precipitation is not the only concern. Mount Washington, located in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains in Coös County, has recorded wind speeds of 231 mph (which held the worldwide record from 1933 to 1996). Although the rest of the state does not necessarily experience such extreme winds, the overall weather does present some unique concerns.Tenn-New-Hampshire-weather-300x228 Continue reading →

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Tenn-rideshare-300x199These days we think nothing of grabbing an Uber or hopping into a Lyft instead of a cab or driving ourselves. Rideshares have become a cost-effective part of our lives, with easy-to-use apps, cash-free payment, and the ability to leave driver feedback instantly. More than 36% of people used rideshares in 2018, and the two largest companies – Uber and Lyft – reported more than $17.7 billion in net revenue in 2019. Rideshare companies are popular among riders, but these companies raise some unique legal issues because they treat their drivers as contractors and state lawmakers haven’t figured out how to regulate them.

While rideshares are similar to taxi cabs, there are some important differences. Rideshare companies don’t own a fleet of cars. Rather, these companies act more as a platform to allow car owners to operate as a taxi in their private car. Moreover, rideshare platforms don’t fall under the same regulatory and licensing requirements that govern traditional taxi companies, leaving many grey areas concerning legal liability for accidents. Luckily, the New Hampshire legislature stepped into this regulation vacuum, passing legislation in 2016 to pass a law setting statewide rules for ridesharing.

Liability for Car Accidents

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As passengers in vehicles or on a motorcycle, you have rights if you are ever involved in an auto collision. It is particularly important to keep this in mind if you are the passenger of a motorcyclist and you are in an accident given the very likelihood you could sustain serious if not life-threatening injuries from the accident. What those rights are is the topic of this blog.Passenger-Large-1-300x200

Motorcycle passengers have the right to file a personal injury claim.

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False positives occur on DWI breathalyzer tests more often than you might think. Breathalyzer testing equipment always comes with its margin of error, and the test is administered by a person who is not infallible. A lesser-known potential cause of a false positive on a DWI test is the diet of the person being tested. For example, a keto diet, low carb diet, or intermittent fasting may cause false positives on DWI breathalyzer tests.Ketogenic-Diet-300x180

The Problem with Ketosis Breath

When we eat keto-based foods, such as nuts, berries, lean meat, fatty fish, and fresh greens, our bodies break them down into ketones, which have a chemical compound similar to isopropyl alcohol. This process is called ketosis, and the rate at which it occurs varies by person.

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Divorce is one of the most stressful experiences a couple or a family can have. But while getting through it can be a challenge, it’s important to remember why you made this decision. After all, there can be benefits to divorcing someone you didn’t like all that much anymore.

Better Mental and Physical HealthTenn-happy-after-divorce-278x300

Being in a toxic environment is never good for your mental or physical health. Divorce can give you the time and space to take care of yourself, join a gym, and find a therapist. You’ll also sleep better after ending the conflict and getting healthier inside and out. Leaving all that baggage behind can be freeing.

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If you’ve been arrested and charged with DWI, one of the biggest dilemmas you will likely face is whether to tell your employer about it–and if so, what you should say. Are you required to tell your boss about the DWI? Could you lose your job over it? The answers to these questions may depend on your situation and circumstances, so let’s dive a bit deeper.

When Are You Required to Disclose a DWI to Your Employer?Tenn-boss-249x300

To be clear, there is no law on the books that explicitly requires you to report a DWI to your current employer—and in fact, the law places some limits on what an employer may ask about your criminal record. However, there are a few exceptions in which you must disclose a DWI to your boss. For example:

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