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Avoiding common motorcycle accidents in New Hampshire

Riding a motorcycle in New Hampshire can be thrilling and peaceful all at the same time. With fall rapidly approaching, many motorcycle riders will be heading out to take in the beautiful foliage throughout the state. With more motorcycles on the road, the dangers for riders can become worse. Here's some tips for avoiding common motorcycle accidents.

The most common type of motorcycle accident occurs when a car or truck makes a left turn in front of a bike. It's difficult for motorists to see motorcycles, which is why this accident happens so often. If you want to be a safe motorcycle rider, you need to develop a sixth sense and anticipate this type of accident happening. Slow your speed, cover your brakes and be prepared to make an evasive maneuver.

82-year-old woman injured when car crashes into pharmacy

The driver of a vehicle that crashed into the doors of a pharmacy in Rochester, New Hampshire, may have had a medical emergency after the accident. An elderly woman who was inside the business was struck by the vehicle.

According to police, the vehicle struck the pharmacy's front wall, damaging a concrete bench placed against the wall. The car also struck a post office box and then hit the glass doors that led to an entrance hall to the pharmacy. This was where the 82-year-old victim was when she was struck. The woman had been exiting the building.

Restaurant owner faces jail time for serving too much liquor

A Chinese restaurant's owner is facing up to $8,000 in fines and a total prison sentence of four years for serving three men too much to drink.

All three men died in a fatal crash as they tried to drive home after they each drank three of the restaurant's signature drinks, a "Zombie." Three of those drinks would contain 12-ounces of hard liquor --- all of which were consumed in a relatively short time.

Seek medical care then make a plan for legal action after a bite

Dog bites can lead to disfiguring injuries. The way that the dog bite impacts your life depends on several factors, including where on your body it occurred, the severity of the bite, and other factors like whether an infection set in.

If you are bitten by a dog, seeking medical care is one of the most important things you can do. Also, find out if the dog is current on its rabies shot. This will let you know if you need to be evaluated for the possibility of rabies. If the status of the dog's vaccinations isn't known, there is a chance that the animal will be quarantined to see if he or she shows signs of the disease.

Who's responsible for a bite on a school trip?

Imagine allowing your child to go on a field trip to the zoo, only to later find out that your child was bitten by an animal. Who would you be able to blame? Would it be the zoo's responsibility to keep your child safe or the school's job? You signed a waiver for your child to take the trip, so does it apply now?

Schools and businesses both have the potential to be held liable in the case that your child suffers an injury. Waivers can affect your ability to make a claim; however, they aren't always enforceable. For example, if your child was injured as a result of typical play on a playground and you'd signed a waiver, it's unlikely you could sue. However, if your child was hurt because of negligence or because the equipment was in poor repair, then the waiver may not apply.

Women faces medical sexism that's dangerous

If you're female and you develop medical problems where the cause is not immediately obvious, you're likely to experience a sort of gender bias that you wouldn't expect until you've been there. You may find that neither the doctor nor the nurses you're dealing with take your pain or symptoms seriously simply because you're female.

If you're young, you're probably experiencing stress and are just "high-strung." If you're middle-aged, you're probably depressed and anxious. If you're older, you're probably just bored and looking for attention. These are common assumptions made by too many in the medical profession.

Are teens or senior citizens better drivers?

Odds are that you've heard complaints about drivers in every age group but your own.

With teens, for example, people complain about speeding and risky driving. They point to incredibly high crash rates. With senior citizens, people complain about a declining driving ability as eyesight fades and reaction times slow down. They point to overly-careful driving that means cars are not moving with the speed of traffic.

Is a criminal conviction required for a wrongful death case?

Your loved one was killed during what you believe was a criminal act -- a car accident intentionally caused due to road rage. The person who allegedly carried out that act goes to court. On a technicality, though, he or she is not convicted.

It's a crushing blow, and you also start wondering if it's going to have an even bigger impact. You were hoping not only for a criminal conviction, but also to start a wrongful death case. You need compensation for all of the medical costs, funeral costs, and lost wages, and you were hoping to get it.

Safety tips for older motorcyclists now returning to the road

There seem to be two distinct groups of motorcyclists on the road today: young folks who are just starting out and silver riders -- the folks who put away their bikes when their children were young but are dusting them back off again and making them part of their retirement plans.

If you fall into the second category, you might not fully understand just how rusty your skills have gotten over the years with disuse. You also may not realize this (or want to face it) -- but you're a bit more breakable than you were when you were young.

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