Articles Tagged with Distracted driving

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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.handheldAR-150629933-300x194

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.

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Memorial Day Travel Tips for New Hampshire – Avoid Auto Accidents

Memorial Day is the day which we remember all the men and woman who died serving our great country, and for that we are grateful. This day also signifies the unofficial  start of summer, celebrations that last late into the night, and vacations. It also begins the “100 Deadliest Days” of the year according to the NHTSA. More than 33 million Americans are expected to hit the road during Memorial Day weekend with plans to travel at least 50 miles from home by car. As a result, it is definitely time to review auto accident and travel safety tips to improve your chances of having a happy and safe holiday weekend. Memorial Day

Buckle up!

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You’re driving along and think of something you forgot to tell your spouse.  Or perhaps your phone beeps with an email alert.  Maybe you just need to tell a co-worker that you are running late.

Is it worth it sending that text?  NO its not! Texting-While-Driving

We have all seen the headlines and the news reports. “The young woman, Maggie, was texting at the time her car crashed into the guardrail.”  Or, “Man arrested for causing fatal crash; was texting seconds before the accident.”  Despite all the headlines, horror stories and laws prohibiting texting and driving, many folks simply think nothing will happen to them, and continue to text and drive.

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ACCIDENTS CAUSED BY TEXTING WHILE DRIVING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

Texting while driving in NH is against the law and for good reason.  Texting involves manual, visual, and cognitive distraction simultaneously. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds.  At 55 mph, that’s the equivalent of driving the length of an entire football field, blindfolded.

The NH personal injury lawyers at Tenn And Tenn, P.A. have represented many personal injury victims who have been injured by motorists who were distracted while driving and texting, rather than watching the roadway.