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In New Hampshire you are not required to purchase liability auto insurance, but if you do you must also purchase Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage (“UM coverage”).  According to the Insurance Research Counsel, approximately 9.9% of drivers in New Hampshire do not have auto insurance. Therefore, if you are involved in an accident, there is a 1 in 7 chance the other driver is “uninsured”, which are not great odds if you are seriously injured.

With so many uninsured drivers on the road, we recommend taking a closer look at your policy. UM coverage can protect you if you are injured both as a driver or pedestrian, a passenger in another car, your passengers, and a driver operating your car with your permission.  Also UM coverage can also protect passengers when you drive someone else’s car with permission.

If you were involved in an accident caused by an uninsured motorist and you have over $1,000 in damage or personal injury and the uninsured motorist does not have the ability to pay compensation for injuries and damages sustained in that accident, New Hampshire may suspend the driver license and registration of the uninsured motorist until such compensation has been paid.  However, if you have proper auto insurance, then you are entitled to make a claim under the UM coverage portion of your auto policy.

Whether you’re ready for summer to be over or not, rest assured fall is here! Many will take to the New Hampshire roads for fall foliage driving tours leading them to some of the most scenic routes for breathtaking fall colors.  New Hampshire’s Kancamagus Scenic Byway, running through the White Mountain National Forest, is one of the most renowned for its autumn leaves, making it one of the top road trips during the fall leaf-viewing season.

But let’s remember, it’s also a time when road and weather conditions make getting there a little tougher. Following some of these fall driving safety tips will help keep you safe as you enjoy the cool crisp air and the beautiful colors of your fall leaf peeping tours.

While the changing colors of the foliage is certainly a site to see, when the leaves begin to fall, they can make the roads slick and obscure traffic lines, pavement markings, and hide potholes.  If it also rains, it can then make those wet leaves as dangerous as ice on the roads.  Remember also, that leaf-peeping drivers tend to drive much slower and make unpredictable stops to take in the fall beauty.  Therefore, if you are driving behind a car with out-of-state plates, be patient and give them extra space in case they stop short for a photo opportunity.

Aggressive driving can lead to catastrophic, even deadly accidents. If you have been injured in an accident caused by an aggressive driver, we can help. At Kenison Law Offices, our Manchester aggressive driving accident attorneys have the knowledge and experience to handle your case. We can negotiate on your behalf with insurance companies to try to get you the settlement you deserve without having to go to trial. However, if litigation becomes necessary, you can rest assured that we will vigorously advocate for you at trial.

A Laconia man was arrested earlier this month after he drove nearly twice the speed limit at 109 miles per hour in a 55-mph zone, almost hitting a New Hampshire State Police cruiser. The trooper pulled the driver over, and he was placed under arrest and charged with reckless driving.

Unfortunately, reckless driving is more common than you may think both in New Hampshire and across the United States. What is known as “aggressive driving” in many places is called “reckless driving” in New Hampshire. Reckless operation is defined in the state as any actions that could endanger the safety or lives of the public. Common examples of reckless driving include excessive speeding, cutting other drivers off, and following too closely.

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Rear-end accidents take place at an alarming rate. If you or someone close to you has been hurt in a rear-end crash caused by someone else’s negligence, we can assist you in determining your next steps. At Kenison Law Office, our Manchester car accident attorneys have the experience and knowledge to diligently handle your rear-end collision case. You can rest assured that we know how to hold accountable the driver who harmed you and can vigorously pursue any insurers that may be involved.

A rear-end accident takes place when one motor vehicle collides with the back of another motor vehicle. These accidents can range from low-speed fender benders to devastating high-speed collisions on the highway. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 40 percent of the six million crashes that take place in the nation each year are rear-end collisions. In fact, approximately 2,000 people die and 500,000 are injured annually in these types of accidents. Data from the NHTSA reveal that 87 percent of rear-end accidents occurred because the rear driver was distracted due to devices unrelated to driving the car, such as cell phones. Typical causes of rear-end collisions include:

  • Excessive speeding;

Auto Accidents and Cell PhonesThe statistics regarding auto accidents and cell phones are distressing. For example, more than a quarter of car accidents involve the use of a cell phone. Yet, drivers continue to talk on the phone, text their friends, check their email, and browse the Internet behind the wheel. These drivers are not only endangering their own lives, but also the lives of everyone else on or near the road. The attorneys of Kenison Law Office in Manchester, NH work to protect these victims and their families.

Facts Pertaining to Auto Accidents and Cell Phones

Talking on the phone while operating a vehicle is especially dangerous because it diverts drivers’ attention away from what is happening around them. Texting is even more dangerous because the driver is not only mentally absent, but also looking away from the road completely. Distracted driving, of which cell phone use is a major component, is the number one cause of accidents.

Car Accidents and SeniorsAs of 2015, more than 40 million of the drivers on America’s roads were seniors, or those over the age of 65. Unfortunately, the risk of being involved in a fatal car accident increases with age. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that more than 12 percent of the drivers involved in fatal accidents are seniors. This number is second only to teen drivers.

Attorney John B. Kenison, Jr. understands the risk of car accidents for seniors in Manchester, NH. His expertise in car accidents and personal injury law has given him the ability to represent accident victims and their families and secure compensation for their losses.

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Close up of an emergency response vehicle with a damaged vehicle after a speeding accident behind itCar accidents involving speeding are a problem throughout the United States, and a particular concern recently in New Hampshire, where traffic fatalities have been trending up between 2014 and 2016. While not all of these accidents involved speeding, speeding was the primary factor in many of them, while others involved combinations of speeding with other factors such as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Tragically, many of the people who are injured or killed in car accidents involving speeding are not the drivers who exceed our state’s speed limits, but innocent, law-abiding citizens who simply happen to be on the wrong road at the wrong time. In such cases, the victims of such accidents may be entitled to receive compensation for the losses and expenses they sustain as a result of their injuries if they decide to file a personal injury lawsuit in a New Hampshire civil court.

It is important to note that even those car accident cases that appear to be simple and straightforward on their face can become incredibly complex affairs when they proceed to trial, especially when powerful auto insurance companies become involved. That’s precisely why, if you or a member of your family has been injured in an auto accident caused by a speeding driver, you need representation from a skilled, experienced personal injury attorney such as John B. Kenison, Jr. When it comes to litigating claims involving car accidents and speeding, our Manchester, NH lawyer has the knowledge, resources, and pure tenacity to handle even the most complex and challenging cases successfully.

The saying goes that “a picture is worth a thousand words”.   This is very true, especially when you have been injured in an accident.  If you’ve been injured in a car accident, suffered a slip and fall accident, injured on a construction site, or even been bitten by a dog photographs can be very effective evidence in your personal injury case. Good pictures can help explain how the injury occurred and document your injuries,  strengthening your case.

You should take pictures of any visible injuries as well as the damage to the vehicles if you have been in an accident.  Try to include a picture of each vehicle’s license plate number as well.  It is also helpful to take “scene” pictures of the surrounding area, including any skid marks, street and traffic control signs as well as the streets and their layouts.  If you were injured in a fall, take pictures of where you fell and what caused you to fall while the condition still exists (such as snow and ice, or defective stairs).

It is also helpful to document your injuries, as well as your healing in pictures.  Bruising, wounds and scars are all important to document while the injuries are readily apparent, photographs showing any medical treatment such as sutures, casts, braces can all help tell your story to the insurance company or to a jury about what you experienced.  If you have trouble performing any activities of daily living discuss these with your attorney, perhaps a video will explain these difficulties better than the written word.   Good photographs can increase the value of a claim when it comes time to resolve your case.

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