In the blink of an eye, a car accident can disrupt your life. Between dealing with injuries, fighting with an insurance company, and missing work, the aftermath of an accident can be overwhelming. Every day, the New Hampshire car accident attorneys of Tenn And Tenn, P.A. help people who have been injured in a car accident. If you were hurt in a broadside collision, we can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.Broadside Collisions Are Particularly Dangerous
Because broadside collisions involve the full force of one car slamming into the side of another, they can lead to serious injury and death. Often, broadside collisions occur in intersections when a driver runs a red light or a stop sign. On average, 20 fatal car accidents occur each year in intersections throughout New Hampshire, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.Broadside Accident Victims Can File a Lawsuit
The victims of a broadside car crash can file a lawsuit to protect their interests. Most car accident lawsuits allege that the defendant acted negligently. To win a negligence lawsuit, the victim of a broadside collision is required to prove:
- The defendant, usually the other driver, owed a duty to the plaintiff;
- The defendant did something to breach that duty; and
- The defendant’s actions were a cause of the plaintiff’s injuries.
Any person who drives on a New Hampshire road owes a duty to others on the road to drive reasonably. Running a red light, ignoring a stop sign, or failing to yield the right of way are all ways in which a driver might breach this universal duty. If such a driver causes a broadside collision that injures another person, that driver can be held liable to the injured person.
New Hampshire imposes a three-year statute of limitations in personal injury cases. This means that a plaintiff must file a lawsuit within three years of the date he learned of his injuries, which is usually the date of the car accident. Although this may seem like a long time, it is important to contact a lawyer as soon as practicable after the accident so that important evidence can be preserved.New Hampshire Law Allows for Compensatory Damages
If the victim of a broadside collision accident wins her lawsuit, she is entitled to compensatory damages. Hospital bills, lost wages, and damage to a vehicle are examples of costs that can be recouped as economic compensatory damages. Mental anguish and pain and suffering are also compensable as noneconomic damages. Generally, New Hampshire does not allow awards of punitive damages. If you have questions about the damages to which you may be entitled, ask a knowledgeable attorney.Injured New Hampshire Accident Victims Have Rights
A person who negligently causes a car crash has endangered the drivers with whom he shares the road. The New Hampshire car accident attorneys of Tenn And Tenn, P.A. can help you hold that driver accountable for his actions and seek compensation for your injuries. Call (603) 624-3700 or send us an email to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation.