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Head-On Car Accidents Pose a Major Risk to New Hampshire Motorists

May 6, 2020

Head-on car accidents can wreak havoc on the lives of New Hampshire residents. Because of the angle and speed of the two vehicles, these accidents are often deadly, meaning drivers should always be on guard when driving on one-way streets and aware of the possibility that a car may cross the median.

A recent tragedy from last month illustrates the danger associated with these accidents. According to a local news report covering the incident, the at-fault driver, a 43-year-old woman in a 2017 Volvo, was driving north on I-495 southbound just after 8:30 p.m. on a Saturday night when she crashed headfirst into a 2018 Chevrolet driven by a 27-year-old man. Tragically, both drivers were pronounced dead on the scene. The Chevrolet’s passenger, an 83-year-old woman, was transported to the hospital immediately, where she remains in critical condition. The crash led to the highway being closed for about three hours as authorities investigated the scene and tried to reconstruct the accident to determine what happened. The incident remains under investigation today.

Tragic instances such as this one are a sobering reminder of how quickly life can change, and how one New Hampshire car accident can change people’s lives forever. Many people do not ever think that their lives will be uprooted by someone else’s careless mistake, and suddenly find themselves unsure what to do when they are injured in a car accident. Although nothing can undo the damage these accidents cause, New Hampshire law does provide accident victims an avenue for monetary relief: filing a civil negligence suit. These suits can be filed against a responsible driver when they, for instance, drive the wrong way on a highway.

In order to be successful, these suits must generally prove four things: (1) that the driver owed a duty of care; (2) that the driver breached this duty of care in some way; (3) that the driver’s breach was the actual and proximate cause of the plaintiff’s injury; and (4) that the plaintiff suffered real damages as a result. These four things may seem straightforward, but potential plaintiffs should beware—failure to prove even one of these aspects can result in the suit being dismissed. Because the stakes are so high, and because the process can become incredibly complicated with expert witnesses, conflicting testimony, and procedural hurdles, those injured in New Hampshire car accidents are advised to first discuss their case with an experienced personal injury attorney to maximize their suit’s chances of success.

Contact a New Hampshire Car Accident Lawyer

If you’ve recently been injured by another reckless driver, you may be wondering what the process is for holding them liable. The New Hampshire car accident lawyers at Peter Thompson & Associates are here to help you. We will work with you to schedule a free, no-risk consultation so you can discuss your case with one of our attorneys, ask your questions, and get an overview of what the process may look like. Our attorneys are compassionate and dedicated to earning you the full compensation you deserve, and if you don’t get paid, neither do we. To learn more, call us today at 1-800-804-2004.