New Hampshire Car Accident Attorney
Filing an Automobile Accident Claim
If you were recently involved in a motor vehicle accident, you are likely facing a number of new and unexpected challenges. From treating serious and even life-changing injuries to taking weeks or months off work to getting your car repaired or replaced as soon as possible, a significant accident can leave you struggling to handle these challenges and get back on your feet.
Notwithstanding the challenges that you are currently facing, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your losses, including both your financial costs and physical and emotional damages related to the accident. By filing a car accident claim, you can not only seek monetary recovery, but you can also work to hold the negligent driver who caused the crash accountable for the harm they have caused you.
At Crowe & Harris, LLP , our New Hampshire car accident lawyers understand the many difficulties auto accident victims face. As one of the area’s most established firms, we have the legal resources needed to effectively pursue maximum compensation on your behalf. Unlike a lot of other personal injury firms, however, we do not churn out cases in an assembly-line fashion; instead, our team provides personalized attention, support, and care to each and every client.
Determining Fault for Your Car Accident
Because New Hampshire follows a fault-based system (also known as a “tort” system) when it comes to car accident claims, determining who was at fault for the crash is an important element of your car accident claim. Once you have determined fault, you can identify the liable party and bring a personal injury claim or lawsuit for damages.
When determining who was at fault for an accident, our attorneys investigate various components of the crash, including how, when, and where it occurred. Typically, the “how” is the most important aspect in determining fault; if the accident resulted from the careless, reckless, or wrongful conduct of another motorist (or some other party), you have a case.
Some of the most common causes of car accidents that can be attributed to negligence include:
- Texting and other forms of distracted driving
- General inattention or inexperience
- Fatigued driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs
- Traffic law violations
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Failure to obey traffic control devices (e.g., traffic signals, stop signs, etc.)
- Dangerous driving maneuvers
- Aggressive/reckless driving, including road rage
While most motor vehicle accidents result from the conduct of drivers and others on the road, some result from third-party negligence. Examples include accidents that are caused by auto defects or poorly designed, constructed, or maintained roads.
Our New Hampshire car accident attorneys have the resources necessary to exhaustively investigate your accident, allowing them to determine exactly what happened and, most importantly, who was at fault. Armed with this information, we can begin immediately building your case and negotiating with the liable party’s insurance provider for a fair settlement on your behalf. If a just settlement cannot be reached, we are fully prepared to take your case to trial.
What to Do After a Car Accident
If you are involved in an auto accident, regardless of how minor or major it may be, there are several things you should do to protect yourself, as well as your right to recovery.
After a car accident, to the best of your ability, do the following:
- Seek Medical Attention: If necessary, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room/urgent care center. This is of the utmost importance. Even if you do not believe your injuries are serious, you should still see a medical professional for a diagnosis and treatment.
- Call the Police: If you or anyone else was injured or killed, or if the accident resulted in significant property damage, you should contact local law enforcement right away. Have them come out to the scene of the crash and provide an official accident report.
- Obtain Critical Information: At the scene, you should exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver(s) involved. You should also talk to any witnesses who saw what happened and get their name(s) and contact information, if possible.
- Document and Save Evidence: Preserve any/all evidence from the crash as best you can. This includes pictures of the accident scene and your injuries, clothing you were wearing that may have been torn or bloodied, damaged personal property (including your vehicle), and more.
- Report the Accident: In New Hampshire, you must report any motor vehicle accident resulting in bodily injury, death, or property damage of more than $1,000 to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) within 15 days. If police responded to the crash, the officer will do this for you.
- Avoid Discussing the Accident: You should refrain from discussing the accident with any adjusters from the liable party’s insurance company, as well as your own insurance company (aside from reporting the basics of what happened). You should also avoid posting about the crash on social media or sharing details of what happened with friends or family members.
- Contact a Car Accident Lawyer: Although you are not required by law to hire a car accident lawyer, having one by your side can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. Your attorney will not only be able to protect your rights throughout the process, but they can also handle the details of your claim and fight for the maximum compensation you are owed.
Our experienced legal team at Crowe & Harris, LLP is ready to assist you with every aspect of your case, from helping you find proper medical care to gathering evidence and submitting necessary documents to negotiating with the insurance company on your behalf.
Because we offer our services on a contingency fee basis, there is no risk in discussing your potential case with a member of our team. You do not owe any attorney fees unless/until we secure a settlement or verdict on your behalf, and if we do not win your case, you do not pay.
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In New Hampshire, you only have three years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. There are very few exceptions to this statute of limitations, so we encourage you to reach out to our team at Crowe & Harris, LLP right away. The sooner we can begin building your case, the better.
Even if you were partly at fault for the crash, you could still have a case. New Hampshire’s comparative negligence rule allows you to seek compensation after an auto accident as long as you were 50% or less at fault. Get in touch with our New Hampshire car accident attorneys today to learn more, including how we can protect your rights and fight for the full, fair compensation you are owed.