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Car accidents involving pedestrians during the holidays

As the holidays approach, there are many reasons to be out and about in New Hampshire. Some people go shopping, and others perform works of charity. Some are celebrating at parties, and others may simply like to walk in the cool, crisp weather. However, the approach of the holidays may also increase the likelihood of being involved in car accidents.

For one mother, the tradition of selling Christmas wreaths with her son's Boy Scout troop nearly ended in tragedy when a vehicle struck them as they were returning to their car. The 12-year-old boy was behind his mother when the vehicle, driven by a 48-year-old woman, hit him, injuring his elbow. The car then his hit mother and knocked her to the ground. She suffered injuries to her leg and elbow, as well as a chipped bone and a fractured jaw. She also struck her head on the pavement when she fell.

The driver of the car did not stop, but police located her a short time later. The damage on her car was consistent with the injuries suffered by the mother and child. The woman was arrested and charged with reckless behavior, leaving the scene of an accident and resisting arrest. She was also driving on a suspended license. New Hampshire police suspect she was intoxicated at the time.

While the mother admits she and her son could be dealing with a much greater tragedy, the injuries they suffered were due to the negligence of another driver. As such, the victims have every right to seek compensation for their medical bills and pain and suffering as well as any time the mother lost from work. It is also possible that their injuries may cause them aggravation and complications well into the future. By contacting an attorney with experience in car accidents and their injuries, they can be assured their rights will be protected.  

Source: newhampshire.com, "Mother, 12-year-old son recovering after being struck by hit-and-run driver", Jason Schreiber, Nov. 26, 2016

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