With thousands of drivers on New Hampshire roads every day, car accidents are bound to happen. And even though auto safety technology is improving every year with sensors to tell you if another car is in your blind spot and automatic emergency braking systems, the number of car accidents that happen continues to rise steadily. According to a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and reported by Safer America, traffic accidents cost almost $900 billion every year. Continue reading →
Speeding kills. There’s no way to get around the possibility of an auto accident no matter how difficult it is for you as the driver to lighten your foot off the pedal. A 27-year old, Christopher Wadleigh of Hampton, unfortunately realized this in a recent fatal car accident in Candia. Continue reading →
When you get into your car and drive, you’re probably not thinking that before you arrive at your destination, a driver may hit you. After you’ve been hit, it would make sense that you’re dealing with shock, confusion, or other strong emotions. You probably aren’t asking yourself if the other driver was under the influence of marijuana, medicine, or other drugs. Continue reading →
Narrow roads can be found throughout all types of areas, whether you are in the city, the country, or a residential area. Each of these areas has specific challenges that arise and can increase the danger for vehicles sharing the road with the trucks, rigs, or other types of large vehicles.
Narrow Country Roads
Narrow country roads can be especially dangerous when large vehicles are using them as throughways. Many country roads are curved and winding, creating an even greater visibility challenge and causing maneuverability challenges for the driver of the large vehicle. Additionally, the road’s narrowness (and often, absence of a shoulder) might make it impossible for an oncoming vehicle to pass safely. If the country roads are gravel or dirt, this magnifies the danger of the situation, as traction becomes more of a challenge.
A few days ago a New Hampshire married couple, both 59 years old, was injured after a car driven by a 19-year old collided with their motorcycle in Casco. Adam White suffered non life-threatening injuries while his wife, a passenger on his motorcycle –suffered serious injuries and was flown to Central Main Medical Center. The driver of the car that collided with the Continue reading →
In July 2021, a four-vehicle collision (including a semi-trailer truck) shut down several lanes of traffic on I-93 in New Hampshire. Fortunately, none of the injuries were life-threatening, but the accident itself is an object lesson in the complexities of figuring out percentages of fault under New Hampshire’s tort laws. Multiple personal Continue reading →
As our cars’ safety and technological features increase in complexity every year, you may be concerned about how safe they are. It’s difficult to give up control of your speed, braking, and lane changes to a machine. We’re so trained to actively drive our cars that it can be disconcerting when your steering wheel thinks you’re trying to change lanes without signaling when you’re really passing through a construction zone with old, faded lane lines crossing through your path. At least three people have already died in driverless car crashes. As our automotive future “steers” us towards driverless cars, should we be concerned? And what happens when our car safety features don’t work the way they should?
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.
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.
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.
Think about your commute to and from work. How many intersections do you have to go through to get to your destination? According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), one-quarter of traffic fatalities in the United States happen in intersections, making them one of the most dangerous aspects of driving. Vehicles are not the only things passing through intersections; pedestrians and bicyclists also use intersections as they make their way to a destination.