It should come as no surprise that driving under the influence can have detrimental, even deadly, consequences for drivers and pedestrians on the roads. One seemingly minor decision to get in a car after consuming alcohol can have ripple effects, and we often meet with clients who are not aware of their options after sustaining injuries in accidents of this kind.
Earlier this month, four cars in New Hampshire were recently subject to a horrible, alcohol-related collision that left at least one driver injured. According to local news report, the crash ensued after a driver began going the wrong way on the highway one evening. Apparently, the car entered the highway going southbound on a northbound road, and he kept going the wrong direction even as he noticed incoming traffic heading his way. The driver quickly collided with a smaller car, and his car continued going for a short distance before it halted in the middle of the highway.
Moments later, a motorcycle on the highway was forced to quickly turn in order to avoid colliding with the two cars that had just crashed. The motorcycle hit another car, causing severe confusion on the highway as four vehicles were suddenly stopped in the middle of the road. First responders came to the scene immediately, and the driver of the motorcycle was taken to the hospital with serious injuries sustained in the crash.
The driver of the first car was arrested and charged with felony aggravated driving while intoxicated. If convicted by the Commonwealth, he could face major time in prison. In addition, however, the driver could face a lawsuit from the motorcycle driver himself, since the first driver’s DUI could have caused the motorcycle driver’s injuries.
After being involved in an accident of this nature, it can be difficult to think straight and process what has just happened. If you have been injured in an accident, it is important to know that personal injury claims have something called a statute of limitations, which means they can only be pursued within a certain period of time after the collision itself. To understand if your claim is still eligible and is not barred by the statute of limitations, it is wise to speak with an attorney as soon as possible to avoid missing important deadlines.
For All of Your Personal Injury Needs, Call Peter Thompson & Associates
At Peter Thompson & Associates, we believe that every individual deserves a competent, knowledgeable New Hampshire personal injury attorney that can accurately walk them through their options in their time of need. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, you may have the opportunity to be compensated for physical injuries, emotional damage, and lost wages if you have had to take time off work.
Our firm has offices across New Hampshire and we offer home and hospital visits so that you don’t have to come to us. For a free and confidential consultation, give us a call today at 800-804-2004.