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Careless passing causes car accidents on 2-lane roads

New Hampshire has many two-lane roadways, with one lane going in one direction and the other lane going in the opposite direction. These roads are an invitation to disastrous car accidents whenever an operator decides to ignore the safe methods of passing cars in front of him or her. Recently, a woman suffered life-threatening injuries when an operator on State Route 12 tried to pass too many vehicles and could not avoid crashing into the victim's oncoming car, say the authorities.

New Hampshire State Police reported the accident and stated that the 28-year-old operator was trying to pass several vehicles when he crashed into the car driven by the New Ipswich woman. She had to be airlifted to a medical center to treat serious injuries. Her current condition is unknown.

Authorities arrested the man on charges of aggravated driving while intoxicated. If convicted, the injured woman will have an easier time of proving liability and negligence on the part of the operator. Although the man's criminal prosecution for drunk driving is totally separate and apart from any civil claim by the injured woman for monetary damages, his conviction may be allowed as evidence in the civil case to show that there was, at a minimum, negligence as a matter of law.

In New Hampshire and all states, when a driver pulls out into the passing lane on a two-lane, two directional road, he or she will likely be responsible for an accident that occurs relative to hitting an oncoming vehicle. At the least, it is negligence for the driver in such car accidents to disregard the length of roadway it would take to get back into the correct lane. Based on the known facts at this point, the injured woman is entitled to make a claim against the other driver for her personal injury damages. 

Source:, "Police: Driver Caused 3-Car Crash That Left Woman Badly Hurt", March 27, 2017

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