New Hampshire Car Accidents Questions & Answers

Q: If my son got addicted to pain meds after an accident, can I sue the other driver?

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for New Hampshire on
Answered on Dec 12, 2018
Joseph Kelly Levasseur's answer
Its a great question but the law would most likely not support this concept. It is a reach that a car accident could be the cause of someone getting hook on pain medication. It could be argued that the doctor that prescribes the medication may have given out too much or the wrong dose, but its not foreseeable that the driver that caused the accident would be at fault for this happening. I do like the argument though.

Q: The person who rear-ended me was a teenager who was unlicensed. Can I sue his parents?

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for New Hampshire on
Answered on Jul 19, 2018
Peter Munsing's answer
Possibly. Make the claim, if injured contact a member of the NH Assn for Justice in the county where it happened--they give free consults.

Q: Can a pickup truck towing a fifth wheel camper tow a small utility type trailer behind it

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Civil Rights for New Hampshire on
Answered on Jul 18, 2018
Peter Munsing's answer
Unlikely --and very dangerous--even if you can, you don't want to.

Q: I was hit by a bus recently and the other party was determined to be at fault for the accident.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for New Hampshire on
Answered on Jul 18, 2018
Peter Munsing's answer
Generally, no. They only have to pay you the value of the car. How you financed it is your business.

However if you were hurt you have a claim for your injuries and should consult a member of the NH Assn for Justice for the county where the wreck happened.

Q: Divorced,mother has custody.17 year old drives,father bought and registered car in father’s name.is mother liable?

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Libel & Slander for New Hampshire on
Answered on Apr 30, 2018
Joseph Kelly Levasseur's answer
The person who was driving the car is first and foremost responsible for the accident, and because of the age of the driver, if found at fault, will have liability issues and reinstatement issues of license if not reported to the police, and most likely will be required, prior to driving again, to get an SR-22 from DMV, which is very expensive. Under the facts of this case both parents could be responsible for the other persons damages. mother should have known child was driving car without...

Q: If I believe the car accident I was in was partially my fault, does that mean I can't receive any compensation for my

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for New Hampshire on
Answered on Apr 23, 2018
Joseph Kelly Levasseur's answer
We live in a comparative fault state. As long as you are less than 50% at fault you can receive compensation for injuries. If you are more than 50% you cannot receive compensation. The amount you received from a jury will be reduced by the amount of the compensation award. So if you receive 10,000.00 and are found 25% at fault the award would be reduced by 25% of the jury award. You really should hire an attorney.

Q: Can a auto be driven without a live person being behind the wheel/

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for New Hampshire on
Answered on Feb 26, 2018
Peter Munsing's answer
Other than authorized tests that certain municipalities have allowed (which require dual controls and someone in the passenger seat) no.

Q: I drive as a full time job. I was involved in a significant accident today. I need to know my rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for New Hampshire on
Answered on Dec 19, 2017
Peter Munsing's answer
Speak with a member of the NH Assn for Justice who handles comp claims--they give free consults. Generally, you can be terminated for any reason--reasons go to whether you can collect unemployment. You want to avoid giving statements until you have spoken with the attorney.

Q: I was involved in an accident 6 weeks ago, but just began to experience neck pain this week.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for New Hampshire on
Answered on Oct 19, 2017
Joseph Kelly Levasseur's answer
Not sure if you ever received an answer to your query, but kep in mind, many people do not immediately experience pain form an accident, sometimes it does take weeks or even months to realize the accident may have caused you the pain you are now feeling. If you do feel any pain, its best o go to see your doctor or emergency room to have it looked at and to make sure someone can determine the underlying cause, and to also determine if the accident is the case. It's best to notify the other party...

Q: How soon after my accident do I need to contact my insurance company?

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for New Hampshire on
Answered on Jul 13, 2017
Peter Munsing's answer
Makes sense to involve them as soon as possible--however if you were hurt, contact a member of the NH Assn for Justice first--they give free consults and that way you can make sure you know your rights.

Q: A car hit me from behind and then I slammed into the car in front of me

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for New Hampshire on
Answered on Apr 24, 2017
Peter Munsing's answer
The guy who hit you. Make that clear. Contact a member of the New Hampshire Assn for Justice--they give free consultations.

Q: If my daughter and her friend take car without permission, who would face criminal charges, driver or both?

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Criminal Law and Personal Injury for New Hampshire on
Answered on Feb 14, 2017
Peter Munsing's answer
Your daughter might if she gave the keys. However the problem you may have is they probably didn't intend to steal it--just to take it without permission, which is likely a misdemeanor. I would argue the driver is repsonsible at least for herbills, possibly your daughters. If drivers parents have insurance you can try claiming on that.

Q: Tow company is threatening to send isue to the state, to have my licence taken, they still have my car?

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for New Hampshire on
Answered on Dec 25, 2016
Peter Munsing's answer
most take the title; this person didn't chose to. Depending on the year, condition why should they? It's on you to pay and they are correct--storage fees usually run $30 /day! I assume you don't have insurance. So find out what they suggest--talk to them, don't ignore it.

It ws the 8th so that's another $380 or more in fees. You must do something,

Sorry to give you this on Christmas,but it's free so you at least got the gift of counsel.

Q: I own livestock and a car hit one on the road - do I have to pay for the damage done to the car?

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for New Hampshire on
Answered on Nov 11, 2016
Peter Munsing's answer
Most cases yes. Turn it over to your homeowners/ranch insurance. Don't try to do it yourself. Don't give a statement to anyone but your company.

Q: Someone hit my dog after she got of leach is the driver responsible

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Car Accidents for New Hampshire on
Answered on Jul 27, 2016
Peter Munsing's answer
If the dog is running free unlikely--the only circumstance would be if neutral witnesses say the dog lay down in the middle of the road and the driver, slowly and purposefully, ran over him. Even then the claim for the dog is the market value of a dog of that age. There is no recovery for any mental anguish etc--though it's possible NH is on this issue way out there ahead of the other states.To be sure get a consult from a local atorney.

Q: Who is at fault when car turning left hits truck going around car on left side?

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for New Hampshire on
Answered on Jul 22, 2016
Peter Munsing's answer
A lot depends on the lanes, who hit who were and in relation to what lane etc.

If he had a right to be in the left lane, and you are the turning vehicle, it's your obligation to be aware not just of what's going on to your left but what's going on in the traffic coming your way before you turn left. When in doubt it tends to be on you.Only pay him if you have no injuries, your deductible is more than what he wants from you, and you know he is the owner, and he signs a full release...

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