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 →
When we think of dangerous driving, our minds often go to fast cars zipping in and out of traffic, threatening the safety of everyone around them. While it’s true that the need for speed can indeed be hazardous, driving too slowly can be just as perilous.
Why People Drive Too Slowly
Distractions are one of the leading causes of slow driving. As humans, we like to think of ourselves as excellent multitaskers, able to drive and check our texts or emails at the same time. In Continue reading →
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.