Roadside accidents often occur on the shoulder of a highway or other major road. Drivers often use the shoulder lane to pull over, but bikers and pedestrians may also utilize the lane to travel safely and avoid oncoming traffic. Because many people take advantage of this roadside space, drivers should make sure they do not collide with another vehicle or pedestrian before pulling over. Otherwise, a lack of attention could result in a severe roadside accident.
According to a news article, two people were injured after a roadside crash in Hooksett, New Hampshire. The accident occurred when a state trooper pulled over to assist a woman who suffered a single-vehicle crash near an entrance ramp on the highway. She and the state trooper were sitting in the state trooper’s vehicle when a driver struck the cruiser, causing significant damage to the back. The woman and the state trooper were transported to a hospital to receive treatment for their injuries. Police arrested the driver, who refused medical attention at the hospital, under suspicion of driving under the influence.
What Are the Causes of a New Hampshire Roadside Accident?
A roadside accident could have a number of causes. First, a driver may be operating their vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Driving while intoxicated is a dangerous activity with a high potential for serious injury or death. Intoxicated drivers lack the awareness and reflexes to fully control their vehicles, which may cause their vehicles to swerve off the road. When drivers consume drugs or alcohol and get behind the wheel, they place themselves and every other driver at risk of a roadside crash. Even if drivers have not consumed drugs or alcohol, they may cause a roadside crash after suffering from a lack of sleep.