For many reasons, highway accidents can turn into major inconveniences for those involved. The repercussions can be minor or major, but they are always disruptive for drivers, passengers, and pedestrians in the vicinity of a collision.
Over the week of Thanksgiving, a highway accident in New Hampshire altered dozens of travelers’ plans. According to a local news report, a truck on the highway crashed into a smaller car just past one of the exit’s on-ramps. The driver of the car was injured, and when first responders arrived at the scene, they immediately took him to the hospital to be treated. To allow investigators to look into exactly what had happened, authorities closed several lanes of the highway for approximately half an hour, causing a backup on what is already a busy travel week. The accident happened in the middle of the afternoon, and so far, no foul play or alcohol use has been suspected.
As the holidays approach, keeping an eye on the state of the highways will be important in maintaining a sense of road safety. Especially as many travelers continue to show hesitancy about airplane travel due to the lingering effects of COVID-19, families will be driving to each other’s homes in order to be together. As traffic ramps up, especially in December and January, driving safely and carefully will be more important than ever.
One of the biggest threats to a safe car ride is distracted driving. Texting while driving, for example, is a seemingly insignificant action that can carry detrimental effects. Reading a text message takes a driver’s eyes off the road for 5 seconds – when traveling at 60 miles per hour, these 5 seconds amount to approximately one-tenth of a mile. Reckless driving over one-tenth of a mile can ultimately make or break a driver’s safety on the road.
Unfortunately, in our practice, we meet with a myriad of clients whose accidents could have been avoided if one person had made one small decision differently. In order to avoid finding yourself in a similar situation, the best advice we can give over the holidays is to drive cautiously and keep your eyes on the road. The combination of distracted driving, tired driving, and driving under the influence causes countless accidents every year – accidents that sometimes take a person’s life. To keep yourself accountable on the road, bring along a passenger when possible so that the two of you can switch seats when one of you is unable to continue driving.
Have You Fallen Victim to a Car Accident in New Hampshire?
At Peter Thompson & Associates, we are well-practiced in working with clients who have found themselves in unfortunate and frustrating situations. If you have been injured in a car accident in New Hampshire, know that you have options and you can pursue compensation for the harm you have suffered. Especially as the roads get busier through the end of the year, it is important for you to know your options, know your rights, and know who has your back. For a free and confidential consultation with a member of our team, give us a call today at 800-804-2004.