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Passengers often suffer the consequences in single car accidents

Many New Hampshire residents may forget that as passengers in a vehicle, they literally put their lives in the hands of the driver. It requires a certain amount of trust that the driver will follow the traffic laws, drive diligently and get their passengers to the destination safely. If that trust is violated, the passengers pay the price in serious injuries or even death in the car accidents that result.

Correctional officer claims duress in face of drug charges

People commit crimes for various reasons. Some may seek personal gain, and others may know no other way of life. However, sometimes a person engages in an illegal act because he or she believes there is no choice, especially if the accused feels the threat of bodily harm. One New Hampshire correctional officer who is facing drug charges says his conduct was due to duress.

More motorcycle accidents occur in the summer

Summer in New Hampshire is breathtaking. After long, often brutal winters, the rising temperatures and clearing skies bring people outdoors ready to shed their winter coats and enjoy the warmth of the sun. For motorcycle enthusiasts, summer often means tuning up the bike and hitting the road. However, despite all its beauty and allure, summer is also the time for an alarming increase in motorcycle accidents.

Felonies: Man charged with attempted murder in alleged attack

In New Hampshire and all other states, it is basic in our system of criminal law that an accused is protected by the presumption of innocence until and unless proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This applies to misdemeanors as well as felonies, and it is mandatory even where guilt may appear to be overwhelming. This is necessary to assure that everyone is treated fairly and not deprived of their freedom without substantial proof presented in a court of law.

Liability in car accidents is determined by who was negligent

Negligence in New Hampshire and other jurisdictions usually consists of actions that represent a breach of a legal duty owed to others under the circumstances. The duty exists and evolves through the statutory and case law in each state. The negligence, and the breach of the duty owed, is created by engaging in actions that fall below a recognized minimum required standard of care under the circumstances. With respect to car accidents, each new incident must be evaluated by its own facts to determine whether there is a duty owed, and if so, whether a participant's activities were in fact negligent.

Motorcycle accidents often include chain-reaction outcomes

The general rule in New Hampshire and elsewhere is that the tortfeasor, i.e., the wrongdoer, is monetarily liable for all damages that flow directly from his or her negligence. Motorcycle accidents often include bizarre or unforeseen events that may cloud the picture of which participants are in fact partly or fully at fault. That does not mean that the motorcyclist is always part of the cause of such accidents: sometimes the motorcycle operator is a totally innocent victim.

Fault in chain-reaction car accidents depends on circumstances

Chain-reaction crashes can sometimes present difficult problems of determining liability, or the percentage of liability, owed by each operator under New Hampshire law. In some car accidents involving chain-reactions, the first operator that causes the chain-reaction will be solely responsible for all ensuing injuries. Each mishap will depend on the facts of negligence occurring in the circumstances.

Common causes of motorcycle accidents

When you look at causes of motorcycle-car accidents, you see some commonalities with car-car accident causes. That is, factors such as speeding and driver inexperience can cause a crash no matter the vehicle being driven.

Drivers owe a duty to their passengers to prevent car accidents

New Hampshire law provides that one who suffers personal injury due to the negligence of another deserves to be compensated for those injuries by the careless tortfeasor. There must generally first be a legal duty owed by the careless person to the injured person to get the benefit of the rule. The rules of negligence generally govern the award of personal injury compensation to victims of car accidents.

Motorcycle accidents: More unpredictable than other vehicles

In New Hampshire and elsewhere, it may be said that motorcycle mishaps are just a bit more unpredictable and varied than other vehicular accidents. That may be due to the versatility and extra maneuverability of these smaller vehicles, which may allow for a greater variety of outcomes. Generally, the operator is in greater peril on the highway due to being fully exposed, which accounts for serious injuries and deaths in many motorcycle accidents.

Drug charges brought against 3 persons in store parking lot

The police in New Hampshire must be careful in the procedures they use whenever they attempt to search individuals in a public place and to search inside their vehicles. If there is probable cause to make a full search of a vehicle, that is one way to justify it. Another major way that the authorities obtain the right to make a search of person or property is by getting consent from the suspect. Many drug charges occur through the consent authority given by the suspect. 

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