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Car accidents continue to take their toll in New Hampshire

Another serious one-car accident occurred in New Hampshire last week as two women were seriously injured when their vehicle crashed into a utility pole. The incident occurred in Brentwood at about 5:15 p.m., according to a police spokesperson. The cause of the accident was not reported, but the police stated that they are continuing to investigate. In many car accidents, the police cannot immediately report on the cause prior to the analysis of forensic evidence and blood reports.

Police indicated that they ordered toxicology tests in order to rule out any impairment. Police stated that they were not currently bringing charges against the 69-year-old driver. The driver and her 77-year-old female passenger, both from Haverhill, were taken to Exeter Hospital and hospitalized with severe injuries. The authorities did not disclose the nature of those injuries.

The crash was so violent that it uprooted the utility pole and scattered live power lines onto the roadway, causing a complete closure of traffic for some time. The accident occurred on Route 125 number 313 in Brentwood. It remains unknown at this time what may have caused the driver to lose control of her vehicle. It has also not been reported whether there were inclement weather conditions at the time.

In most instances, a one-car crash like this usually involves negligence by the operator. Pending further investigation, it is likely that the driver was careless in some respect prior to the crash. Usually, the finding of negligence against the driver will give the seriously injured passenger a valid claim for monetary damages against her driver. In car accidents with an elderly victim, damages for lost wages and earning capacity will be minimal. Medical expenses and pain and suffering will be covered as part of the driver's responsibility pursuant to New Hampshire law.

Source: eagletribune.com, "Police probe N.H. crash that severely injured two Haverhill women", Breanna Edelstein, Nov. 15, 2017

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