Apportioning Fault & Double Impact Accidents

Double Impact Car Accidents & Complex Accident Claims

I was stopped at a red light when my car was rear ended.  The driver of that car came over immediately and apologized.  There were two impacts, that one and then another right away.  Apparently a pickup truck struck her.  Now her insurance company is denying liability, and the pickup is uninsured.  What do I do […]

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Bad Reviews & The Yelp Bill

The Yelp Bill & Prohibiting Bad Reviews Online

What do you do if you order a gift for someone online and it never comes?  You call, you email and nothing? When this happened to one couple, they posted a negative review.  But then, trouble started. The company that failed to deliver sent a $3,500 invoice for violating their terms of service prohibiting thumbs […]

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Drowsy Driving a Major Killer

Drowsy Driving and Serious Accidents

Drowsy driving causes more than 100,000 U.S. crashes a year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Driving while drowsy causes an estimated 1,550 deaths and 71,000 injuries nationwide each year. Physicians specializing in this area believe that losing one night’s sleep is the equivalent of being legally drunk.  The problem is that part […]

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Pardons and Thanksgiving: Turkeys and Famous Pardons

Thanksgiving week, the president of the United States faces a busy schedule of official duties, or avoiding them.  Tradition requires pardoning a selected turkey.  The bird is reportedly freed. Pardoned, the turkey escapes the fate of its extended family. When it comes to people, pardons, unless issued with conditions, generally wipe the person’s slate clean, […]

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Dangerous Intersections, Aggressive Drivers

Top 10 Most Dangerous Intersections in Massachusetts

Massachusetts drivers have an undeniable reputation for … well … the way they act behind the wheel.  Dangerous intersections and other bad road conditions often get the blame.  Yet, most often driver distraction and inattention actually cause accidents. At the same time, undeniably, some of the Commonwealth’s highways and intersections defy logic and good planning.  […]

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Top 10 Most Dangerous Intersections in NH

Top 10 Most Dangerous Intersections in New Hampshire

Dangerous intersections appear seemingly everywhere.   Of the ten most dangerous intersections in New Hampshire identified by the state Department of Transportation, two are in Manchester, three in Nashua and two in the state capital, Concord. Transportation experts say many factors make intersections dangerous, not just the number of crashes.  Other factors include poor traffic signal configuration.  Out of date […]

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Unlicensed Drivers and Fatal Accidents

Unlicensed Drivers and Fatal Accidents

About 20% of all fatal crashes on U.S. highways involve unlicensed drivers. The statistic comes from a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study released in October 2014. New Hampshire reports the lowest percentage, 5% of drivers having invalid licenses while involved in fatal crashes. Washington D.C. has the highest, 20%.   Massachusetts falls in the […]

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Admissibility of Social Media Posts as Evidence

Can Social Media Posts Like Facebook be Used as Evidence in Court?

Question: My subcontracting company faces a lawsuit claiming a job was not performed to specifications. Unfortunately there are pictures on Facebook showing some of my employees goofing around on the job.  I don’t think their pranks are relevant but it doesn’t look good.  Can I prevent stupid social media posts from going in as evidence […]

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When are parents liable for bad acts of children?

Are Parents Responsible For Bad Acts of Children?

Under outstanding circumstances courts hold parents liable for bad acts of children.  Liability attaches when parents overlook highly offensive childish conduct causing harm to others. Consider an actual case:  A boy named Dustin set up a Facebook page pretending to be that of one of the girls in his seventh grade class.  Apparently filled with hate and belittlement, […]

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No Compulsory Car Insurance in NH

New Hampshire Auto Insurance Law: Car Insurance Not Required

New Hampshire does not require that all vehicles be insured. Unlike most other U.S. states there is no compulsory auto insurance law in New Hampshire. As a practical matter, when most people buy a new vehicle, they need a car loan, and lenders won’t allow the car to be driven off the lot without insurance. […]

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