When a drunk driver crosses the yellow line and crashes into oncoming traffic, that driver is clearly negligent and liable for injuries caused by the accident pursuant to New Hampshire law. In some car accidents, two or more drivers are considered negligent and the degree of causation attributed to each driver will be determined. However, in the foregoing DWI scenario, those who were driving in their own lane and in the proper direction cannot be assigned any degree of negligence.
In a recent accident, authorities charged a 60-year-old man with aggravated driving while intoxicated after he crossed the center line near his home on East Road in Hampstead. His pickup truck crashed into a car coming in the opposite direction. A 51-year-old woman was operating her vehicle when struck by the intruding pickup truck. She suffered serious injuries and was hospitalized. Her 13-year-old male passenger was also transported for medical attention but reportedly had injuries that were not considered life threatening.