Unsafe Lane Changes
New Hampshire Car Crash Lawyers
Driving can be dangerous, and people who make unsafe lane changes only add to the likelihood of an accident. When choosing a New Hampshire car accident attorney to litigate your unsafe lane change case, experience should be a prime consideration. The lawyers at Tenn And Tenn, P.A. have helped countless people injured in car accidents across the state of New Hampshire, and can help you seek the compensation you deserve.
Fatal Traffic Accidents Have Increased In New Hampshire
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data show that after a decline the previous year, fatal traffic accidents in New Hampshire increased in 2012. There were 108 fatal car accidents in New Hampshire that year, which is an increase of 18 accidents over 2011. Drivers who make unsafe lane changes only increase the risk of causing a fatal or injury accident. A driver or passenger hurt in an accident caused by an unsafe lane change has a legal right to hold the responsible driver accountable.
A Person Hurt by an Unsafe Driver Can Seek Compensation
Most plaintiffs who take legal action after being hurt in a car accident file a negligence lawsuit. In order to prevail, the plaintiff must prove that: (1) the defendant owed a duty to the plaintiff; (2) the defendant breached this duty, in this case by making an unsafe lane change; and (3) the plaintiff’s injuries were caused by the defendant’s actions.
Each driver who gets behind the wheel in New Hampshire owes to others on the road a duty to drive reasonably. Swerving too quickly to cut off another driver or not being aware that the car is veering out of a lane are ways in which a driver may breach this duty. If this unsafe lane change causes an accident that injures another person, the unsafe driver can be held liable for damages.
New Hampshire follows the rule of modified comparative negligence. This means that the plaintiff can still collect a portion of his damages so long as he was less than 50 percent at fault for the accident. Be sure to ask an experienced attorney about your case if you believe you may be partly at fault for your accident.
Prevailing Plaintiffs May Collect Damages
A plaintiff who files a successful suit as a result of an unsafe lane change accident is entitled to compensatory damages. Money recovered to compensate the plaintiff for past and future medical costs, any wages lost, damage to a vehicle, and emotional distress are all examples of compensatory damages. New Hampshire is not a state in which punitive damages are generally available.
Let an Experienced Attorney Protect Your Rights
If you have suffered injury in a car accident caused by another driver’s unsafe lane change or other reckless conduct, New Hampshire law gives you the right to compensation for your injuries. The New Hampshire car accident lawyers of Tenn And Tenn, P.A. have the knowledge and experience to litigate your car accident case and help you seek the compensation you deserve. Call (603) 624-3700 or visit our contact page to speak with one of our lawyers in a free initial consultation.