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Car accidents: Focused attention required to pursue civil claims

New Hampshire laws provide for several serious criminal violations when a fatal car accident is caused by an impaired driver. Single-vehicle car accidents resulting in serious injury and/or death to passengers provide for the payment of civil compensatory damages to those passengers impacted by the driver's negligence or gross negligence. A single-vehicle accident occurred recently in Claremont in which one passenger died and two were seriously injured.

The Claremont police, assisted in the matter by the New Hampshire State Police, have charged the 36-year-old female driver with felony aggravated driving while intoxicated and with felony negligent homicide. In most states, the driver who causes a death due to impaired driving will be guilty of homicide and, if convicted, will usually serve at least a specified  mandatory minimum sentence in prison. In this case, police have not released the specific details of the accident, but it has been reported that a Jeep Grand Cherokee was found on its roof with extensive damage and three persons inside.

Another passenger had been ejected and thrown into the Sugar River. That 32-year-old woman later died. Responders had to remove the other occupants from the rubble of the vehicle and transported them to a local hospital. The two passengers are being treated for serious injuries, according to police reports.

Authorities blamed speed and the driver's impairment as causes of the accident. They indicated additional charges under shire law may be filed. It is necessary for victims of car accidents, or their families where necessary, to process injury and death claims for civil damages against the driver as soon as possible after the tragic occurrence. The best way to assure that all legal rights are being served and protected, and maximum recoveries are being pursued, is to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the event.

Source:, "Driver faces charges after fatal Claremont crash", Meghan Pierce, April 23, 2016

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