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Inexperienced motorcyclists face increased risk

Want to know how much of a risk it is to take that motorcycle out for a ride in New Hampshire? One key thing to consider is simply how long you have been riding.

When looking at the statistics, experts found that those who had been riding for under 12 months were in the greatest danger. Even more specifically, that danger was highest in the first 30 days.

10 driving distractions that make the highways unsafe

It's clear from the staggering annual accident statistics that the road simply isn't as safe as most people assume it is. You may feel like serious car accidents only happen to other people, but the reality is that driving is one of the most dangerous forms of transportation. You're taking a serious risk every time you get behind the wheel.

Even if you never make a mistake, you put yourself at the mercy of hundreds and perhaps thousands of other drivers. Are you really confident that they're all as proficient and safe as you are?

Should you run from a dog to avoid a bite?

You're out for an afternoon jog when a dog bursts out of its yard and runs right at you. You don't know if it broke off of a chain or a leash or if it was never restrained to start with, but it makes no difference now. It's coming.

Your flight or fight syndrome kicks in, and your first instinct is simply to run. You're already jogging. Should you just turn and bolt the other way as fast as you can?

What are the odds of dying in various vehicle accidents?

Vehicles are a part of American life and a huge part of the reason for the country's current development. Suburbs and interstate highway systems allow people to live further from major cities than they do elsewhere in the world.

For all of these advantages, this intrinsic part of the American experience also brings with it a host of dangers. Every year, many people are killed suddenly in various vehicle-related accidents. The price of having fast, easy transportation is quite high.

What is taught in a basic motorcycle course?

If you've decided that now is the time to learn how to ride a motorcycle, or to brush the dust off your old bike, it's a good idea that you enroll in a basic rider course. These courses can be taken just about anywhere in New Hampshire so be sure to find one closest to you in Portsmouth. Basic rider courses are great for new riders and those who are getting back on the motorcycle for the first time in years. A little safety refresher never hurt anyone.

An important exercise that is taught in a basic rider course is navigating multiple curves and making lane changes. This exercise combines both of these maneuvers into one lesson. Riders are taught how to negotiate curves without crashing and how to safely make lane changes when other vehicles are present.

An I-95 crash in Portsmouth claims the life of a Rye native

A 36-year-old Rye native who most recently had been working as an attorney out of Chelsea, Massachusetts, lost her life in a truck accident along Interstate 95 in Portsmouth. The wreck occurred just after 6:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7.

The woman, a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, had been riding as a passenger in a male companion's Honda Civic as they drove southbound along I-95. As they as they neared Exit 7, the 36-year-old driver from Boston, made an attempt to switch lanes to get ahead of a semitruck.

Lawmaker calls for technology to keep roads safe

A lawmaker in the state of Maine is calling for technology to help make roads safer, not just in Maine but in neighboring New Hampshire too. The lawmaker, who represents York, cited a recent fatal accident in New Hampshire as the reason for the call for change on the major roadways, including the Maine Turnpike. The lawmaker also mentions a decrease in funding needed for regular tolls and a better impact on the environment.

The accident referenced by the lawmaker occurred at a toll booth plaza in Hampton. The vehicle crashed into the plaza with four people inside it. One passenger died and the other three people suffered serious injuries. The crash occurred as the vehicle tried to switch from one payment lane to another.

Explaining damages stemming from a wrongful death case

Being faced with the wrongful death of a loved one can be overwhelming. You might not know what to do, how to move on or how to ensure that your loved one's rights are protected even after death. That's where a wrongful death case can help. The relatives of a wrongful death victim can file a lawsuit seeking damages for the death. Let's take a look at those damages.

The first type of damages that may be recoverable in a wrongful death lawsuit are those suffered by the victim. The damages are recoverable from the time the negligent action occurred to the time of death of the victim.

What are the texting and driving laws in New Hampshire?

You've probably heard that texting and driving is dangerous, but what does the law say about it in New Hampshire?

These laws are set at the state level. New Hampshire got the most recent update in 2015. It is known as a "hands-free" law, and it goes beyond just texting and driving.

Explaining how workers' comp benefits can be used

Have you ever wondered what it is that workers' compensation benefits actually cover? We've heard the term a million times over in life but there aren't many people who actually know what it is the benefits cover. In today's post, we will take a look at what the benefits cover so you know how to use them in the event that you are injured or sickened while on the job in New Hampshire.

For the most part, the payments you receive via workers' compensation will be quite modest. You shouldn't expect to see payments that will have you living the high life while out of work rehabilitating your injury. Some of the things that payments from workers' compensation will cover include the following:

  • Any costs necessary for being retrained upon returning to work.
  • Medical care received for the illness or injury suffered on the job.
  • Money for any injuries deemed to be permanent.
  • Replacement income.
  • If killed on the job, benefits for the victim's surviving family members.
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