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How to spot an aggressive driver

As you navigate the New Hampshire roadways alongside other motorists, you may run across people who are driving recklessly and aggressively. In fact, AAA reported that nearly 80 percent of motorists in the United States admit to aggressive driving at some point in their lives. Whether people are late to an important meeting or are simply experiencing a challenging day, they may get frustrated when faced with traffic and other drivers. Road rage can be hazardous to you and to other drivers on the road. Not only does reckless aggressive driving lead to motor vehicle accidents, but it can also lead to injuries and fatalities.

If you are able to identify the dangerous behaviors of aggressive drivers, you may be able to avoid becoming involved in a catastrophic accident. These signs include the following:

  • Following too close behind another vehicle
  • Speeding
  • Excessive lane changing and weaving in between vehicles
  • Constant horn honking, yelling expletives or using obscene gestures
  • Cutting off other vehicles
  • Hitting or bumping other vehicles

Can amputation have an emotional impact?

Being injured as a result of another person’s carelessness can be traumatic. This trauma is compounded when amputation results, which can be a factor in catastrophic car crashes and other accidents. Physiopedia explains the emotional component of amputation, which can take quite a toll on the person going through the experience.

When a loss of limb results from a traumatic injury, many people have problems coping. A person’s body image may be significantly impacted, especially among those with a real investment in their appearance before the accident. Some people also experience a feeling of sexual inadequacy when losing a limb. Also, adolescents and teens undergoing amputation often experience body dysmorphia.

How can I stop my teen from distracted driving?

Distracted driving is a serious issue in New Hampshire, especially for teens. As a result, many parents worry that their children will be involved in a crash, which can sometimes have devastating consequences. Geico offers the following tips, which help parents discuss distracted driving with their teens.

Don’t eat and drive

Facing a misdemeanor charge in New Hampshire

If police arrest you, the first thing you need to understand is the reason for the arrest and the specific crime the police are charging you with. While in some cases this may be clear, in other cases, you may not fully understand the reasoning behind the criminal charges brought against you.

In criminal cases, there are two types of crimes: misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanors are the less serious of the two types. There are several typical misdemeanor crimes New Hampshire residents face. If you face this type of charge, you should know some basics to get an overview of your options.

Taking steps for dog bite prevention

Dogs provide comfort, companionship and protection for businesses and families across New Hampshire. However, many dogs are not friendly towards strangers, even if you are not on “their property.” At The Law Offices of Stephen C. Brown & Associates, we often represent clients injured by a dog bite.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, dog bites can cause nerve damage and severe injury. If the wound becomes infected, you could be at risk for illness and potentially death. There are steps you can take if a dog approaches you and you do not wish to interact with it.

  • Remain calm
  • Do not make direct eye contact with the dog.
  • Do not make any sudden movements.
  • Keep the side of your body, not the front, facing the dog.
  • Wait for the dog to walk past you, or slowly back away.
  • Try to keep a jacket, purse or another item between you and the dog if it attacks.

Giving big rigs extra room can help you avoid a crash

New Hampshire roadways can be a maze of potholes, slick spots and no-shoulder curves. While these conditions can be challenging for any driver, they can have catastrophic results for big rig drivers who disregard safety measures.  At The Law Offices of Stephen C. Brown & Associates, our team has experience representing clients injured in a big truck crash due to reckless driving.

FMCAS reports that the Fatality Analysis Reporting System reveals that adverse road conditions cause approximately one-quarter of the nation’s speed-related tractor-trailer fatalities. Reduce the chance of being in an accident with a big rig by increasing the distance between you and the truck and reducing your speed.

Are online pranks illegal?

Many online influencers and entertainers perform pranks to appeal to their viewers. While some of these instances are considered to be in good fun, in other cases they may lead to injury, property damage, and even harsh legal reprisal. The New York Times explains when a prank crosses the line into a crime.

One case cited involved a group, who covered their faces and ran roughshod through a Long art gallery, all while shouting orders to abscond with valuable paintings. While there was no threat of an actual crime being committed, the court saw the situation differently. As a result of this prank, four of the men involved were issued jail sentences for inciting fear.

How can I get treatment for drug abuse?

If you’ve been charged with a drug crime in New Hampshire, chances are you have a long road ahead of you. In this case, drug treatment is often necessary to prevent further ill-effects, including problems with your work and ruined relationships with your loved ones. The National Institute on Drug Abuse offers the following insight so that people with substance abuse issues can get the help they need.

The first step is to understand just what makes for an effective drug treatment. There are a number of components that have been proven vital over the years, such as undergoing counseling or other types of behavioral therapy. In many cases, people suffering from drug addiction issues also have underlying mental health problems. Receiving treatment for these problems is crucial to ensure the person remains drug-free.

Falls can be fatal for older people

On paper, falls can sound innocuous. In reality, they can cause serious injuries, including broken bones and head injuries. In some cases they can even be fatal. Older people are at particular risk for being seriously injured in a slip-and-fall accident. This is because older people can lack the reflexes to catch themselves before they fall. And our bones can get more brittle as we age, increasing the likelihood that a fall will cause a fracture. For some, just the fear of falling can be enough to keep them from venturing out. This lack of activity can lead to weakness and lack of balance, making a fall even more likely.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that every year, 3 million older people go to the emergency room for a fall. They also report that every year, 300,000 older people are hospitalized for a fall. Some of these falls may be pure accidents. But some could have prevented. And falls that could have been prevented invite a lawsuit.

Winter increases risk of slip and fall accidents

Winters in New Hampshire can be brutal, with lots of snow, ice and freezing temperatures. These conditions also increase the chances of slips and falls which can result in serious injuries. When these accidents happen on a business's property, the owner may be liable for the damages, especially if there was negligence on his or her part.

According to FindLaw, a property owner may be at fault if a known problem was not corrected or precautions were not taken. In terms of snow and ice, owners are typically not responsible for regular build up due to weather. However, abnormal accumulation due to certain preventable conditions is their responsibility. For example, if there is a slant to the sidewalk leading to the front door that causes ice patches, the owner may be liable for any subsequent falls and injuries.

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