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Motorcycle Crashes

With Spring weather, motorcyclists will once again be on the roads. NH has one of the highest rates of motorcycle ownership in the country. That’s not surprising considering our beautiful landscape and the many great places to take a ride.

 A client of mine said that riding his motorcycle was “wind therapy” and he is so right. After he was struck by a driver who wasn’t paying attention, one of the most difficult things was his inability to ride. Taking that away from him was truly emotionally and mentally distressing. It affected his whole life.

Before settling his case, we advocated and insisted the insurance company compensate him for that loss. To him, it was a very big deal. That was taken away from him, against his will, like a theft. No way we were going to minimize or ignore it.

Drivers do not pay enough attention to motorcyclists, that’s a sad fact. Over the years I’ve represented numerous motorcyclists who were injured by the carelessness of other drivers. I’ve also helped families deal with the tragic loss of loved ones on motorcycles.

In 2019, the NH Office of Highway Safety reported 30 motorcycle fatalities.

In one case in particular, the police officer investigating the fatality was too quick to blame the motorcyclist because he was driving just a little too fast. After hiring an expert accident reconstructionist, we were able to prove that the real cause of the crash was the driver of the car making an improper left-hand turn into the motorcyclist. Oftentimes, people are too quick to blame the motorcyclist. There is still a lot of prejudice against motorcyclists.

So, to our friends who drive on our roadways, please be careful to watch out for bike riders who share the road with us.

And to motorcyclists, please drive defensively and as safely as possible. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to die in the event of a motor vehicle crash than those in a passenger car so it is vital to do everything you can to protect yourself. 

Be sure you are fully educated and licensed. According to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) 29% of motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes in the U.S. were riding without valid motorcycle licenses. To obtain your Motorcycle License in New Hampshire you must pass a vision test and pass a motorcycle Basic Rider Class or take a DMV motorcycle skills test. A good understanding of traffic laws and experience riding are essential in avoiding motorcycle crashes that can result in personal injury.

Wear protective gear. NHTSA recommends that you: “Always wear a helmet meeting the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 218. Look for the DOT symbol on the outside back of the helmet. Snell and ANSI labels located inside the helmet also show that the helmet meets the standards of those private, non-profit organizations.” Find more helmet selecting tips from NHTSA here. 

Although wearing a helmet is not required by N.H. law for adult operators, may we suggest it is a good, safe practice to do so, although we totally respect your freedom of choice. 

It is also important to cover your arms and legs fully, ideally with heavy duty fabrics such as leather or denim, and to wear bright colors or reflectors.

Be seen. Be safe. 

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle crash crash please call Donahue Law at (603) 357-2363 or message Charlie at the bottom of this page so we can fight for you. It’s your story and your settlement. 

It costs nothing to talk with Donahue Law, and we don’t get paid until you win.

Seat Belts and Auto Accident Injuries

In 37 years as a personal injury lawyer in Keene, NH, I’ve seen a lot of needless suffering.

Seat belt use is one of the safest choices a driver or passenger can make according to the National Highway Transportation & Safety Administration ( NHTSA). NHTSA reports that seat belt use can reduce the risk of a fatal injury by 45% and moderate to critical injuries by 50%.

In their 2021 Highway Safety plan, New Hampshire Office of Highway Safety (NHOHS) reports a disturbing trend of decreasing seatbelt usage rate.  The seatbelt usage rate has decreased from 76% of vehicle occupants to 71% between 2018 and 2019, which is in line with the five-year trend. This is alarmingly lower than the 2019 national average of 90.7%.

New Hampshire vehicle occupants younger than 18 are required to wear seat belts and child restraint systems, however, we are the only state that does not legally require adults over the age of 18 to wear a seat belt. Even though its not required, it is the smart and safe choice.

In 2019, 37 of the 90 fatalities in New Hampshire auto crashes were unrestrained drivers.

You can still hire an auto accident lawyer or personal injury attorney to make a claim for damages if you are injured in a car accident and are not wearing a seat-belt.

Allow me to suggest, however, that it’s better to wear your seatbelt, if not for yourself then for others in the car. If there’s a crash and you are not properly restrained, you could land on top of another vehicle occupant and cause serious injury. It’s not worth the risk. Be safe. Buckle up.


If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident, call Donahue Law at (603) 357-2363 or message me at the bottom of this page. I recognize every impact of an auto accident – financial, mental, and physical and am determined to make sure that the insurance company does too so you get the best outcome possible after one of your life’s most trying times.

It costs nothing to meet with me and I don’t get paid until you win. 


Negligent Driving

Most car accidents are totally preventable and are caused by driver negligence — failure to pay attention, speeding, distraction, and poor decision making.

Drunk drivers cause over 10,000 fatalities every year.

Many auto accidents are caused by drivers acting negligently, as opposed to intentionally driving to hurt someone. It could happen to anyone at any time.

Our goal is not to make anyone’s life miserable. It’s the insurance company’s job to step up and pay all damages caused by its insured. Rather than do so, it does whatever it can to deny or delay.

That’s why it’s a good idea to have an experienced car crash lawyer on your side, someone who knows how they operate and is fully prepared to hold them accountable.

I’ve been an auto accident attorney for over 37 years. I’ve seen a whole lot of needless suffering caused by inattentive drivers.

A car accident can turn your life upside down. Most people are struggling to get by under the best circumstances. The last thing they need is to be harmed due to someone else’s choice to drive negligently.

If a negligent driver causes a car crash, a good auto accident lawyer will make sure nothing is over-looked, so that you are fully and completely compensated under the law.

The opposing insurance company will not like it, but with the right legal help, it will know you mean business.

It’s always bothered me when injury lawyers seem apologetic for making claims for their clients or diminish their own clients’ damages.

At Donahue Law, we look at the whole landscape. It’s critical to make sure your future is protected.


If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto crash caused by negligent driving call me for a free consultation at (603) 357-2363 or send me a message at the bottom of this page.

Recreational Marijuana Legalization

Legal Status of Recreational Cannabis in New Hampshire

In 2017, New Hampshire decriminalized possession of cannabis products within limited amounts. See Title XXX Occupations and Professions Chapter 318-B Controlled Drug Act Section 318-B:2-c. People found in possession of cannabis products are still subject to fines and or a substance abuse assessment by a licensed drug and alcohol counselor. Cannabis consumption is still a criminal offense while operating a vehicle everywhere in the United States, whether recreational use is legalized in your state or not. Marijuana impairs one’s ability to safely operate a vehicle and can cause car crashes.

Canada and the states surrounding New Hampshire; Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont, have all legalized recreational marijuana. Both Maine and Massachusetts already have legal recreational cannabis dispensaries open and Vermont legalized the regulated sale of marijuana October of 2020. New Hampshire residents are subject to federal criminal prosecutions for transporting legally purchased cannabis products from out of state back into New Hampshire.

January 27th, 2021 the New Hampshire House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee recently retained HB629 which would legalize home cultivation of marijuana and HB237 which would, “establish procedures for the legalization, regulation and taxation of cannabis”. The Chairman held a vote immediately following the hearing and recognized motions to retain both bills, delaying them from receiving a House vote for another year.


Economic Impact of Reed Recreational Cannabis

The legal cannabis industry has experienced rapid growth in Washington state greatly boosting the economy and tax revenue of the state as retail sales have increased by 605% between 2015 and 2020 according to the 2020 Contributions of the Washington Cannabis Sector” report by Washington State University. Since its legalization in December of 2012, the cannabis industry has produced over $602.3 million in gross state product (GSP). GSP represents dollars that otherwise would not have existed in the state without that sector’s activity. Those dollars retained in the state then circulate in the economy supporting nearly another $286 million in indirect value-added transactions. Washington State University also estimates that employees in the Washington marijuana industry spending their income generated approximately $960 million in additional value-added activity. The entire sector in Washington is responsible for just under $1.85 billion dollars in economic activity and supports over 18,697 full time equivalent jobs.

Marijuana excise tax is the fastest growing tax revenue source in the state, and while it lags behind Colorado by 10%, it is possible that a proposed bill allowing individuals to grow up to 6 marijuana plants per person and 15 per household will provide the extra stimulus Washington needs to reach Colorado’s revenue. It is anticipated that legalizing home growth would allow the cannabis industry to grow like the craft beer industry and bolster tax revenues.


Impaired Driving and Legalized Recreational Cannabis

The National Highway Traffic Administration reports marijuana impairs driver’s motor skills, lane tracking, cognitive functions, and ability to multitask. The Washington Traffic Safety Commission has found that drivers impaired by multiple substances are over three times as likely to be involved in a fatal crash. A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that the proportion of marijuana impaired drivers in fatal car crashes approximately doubled several months after Washington State legalized recreational marijuana in 2012. This proportion remained the same on average through 2017. In 2017, 21% of drivers involved in fatal crashes in Washington State were THC-positive. The Washington Traffic Safety Commission reports that traffic fatalities involving drivers impaired by any substances have been on a slow decline between 2005 and 2016.


I was in an auto accident caused by impaired driving – what should I do?

If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident caused by impaired driving be sure to contact an automobile accident attorney. Auto crashes cause personal injury and property damage that can be emotionally, physically, and financially devastating.  Car crash lawyers and personal injury attorneys such as Attorney Charlie Donahue can help you navigate the difficult conversations and paperwork with insurance companies so that you receive the best possible outcome.


If you need assistance after a car crash, please call Attorney Charlie Donahue of Donahue Law at (603) 357- 2363 or send him a message here for a free consultation.

Drunk Driving

What is Drunk Driving?

The National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTA) has found that every 50 minutes there is a death caused by drunk driving totaling more than 10,500 lives per year. The fatality rate is the worst during the winter holiday season. According to NHTA, drunk driving car crashes account for a third of all traffic related fatalities.

Alcohol impairs brain function; thinking, reasoning, and muscle coordination – all of which are essential to safely operating a vehicle. As Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) rises, so do the impacts on one’s central nervous system. BAC is measured by the weight of alcohol in a particular volume of blood – grams of alcohol per deciliter (g/dL) of blood. BAC is measured with a breathalyzer which determines the amount of alcohol in one’s system using their breath.

NHTA describes the compounding impacts of BAC (in g/dL) on driving as follows:

    • .02: decline in ability to visually track moving targets and perform more than one task at a time
    • .05: reduced coordination, increased decline in ability to track moving objects, reduced response time to emergency driving situations
    • .08: reduced concentration, short-term memory loss, lack of speed control, reduction of information processing capability such as signal detection, impaired perception
    • .10: reduced ability to maintain lane position and brake appropriately
    • .15: significant impairment in vehicle control, attention, and visual and auditory information processing.

At a BAC of 0.08 g/dL, the risk of a car crash rises exponentially. It is illegal in the entirety of the United States to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher. It is important to remember that lower levels of BAC still impair driving and in 2018 1,878 fatalities were caused by drivers who had BAC levels between .01-.07 g/dL.

Promisingly, NHTA has recorded that drunk driving automobile accidents have reduced by one-third in the past 30 years.


Drunk Driving in New Hampshire

Impaired driving is an all too common issue and in their 2021 Highway Safety Plan, New Hampshire Office of Highway Safety (NH OHS) reports that 32.2% of all 2019 fatal crashes were alcohol related. In 2019 there were 4,945 impaired driving arrests resulting in 20 victim fatalities. The impaired drivers who caused these fatalities had BACs between 0.040 and 0.309 and 77.4% of the impaired operators involved in these fatal accidents died themselves.

The number of arrests and fatalities are on the decline and in 2019 NH had a 28.88% decrease in alcohol/drug impaired traffic fatalities which NH OHS attributes to education, enforcement and media efforts.


What New Hampshire Laws Prevent Drunk Driving?

New Hampshire has strict penalties for those driving while intoxicated under NH RSA 265-A.

First time offenders convicted of Driving While Intoxicated:

      • Be guilty of a class B misdemeanor, class A misdemeanor, or class B felony.
      • Have their license revoked for 90 days to 2 years.
      • Pay a fine of $500-$1,000 or more.
      • Submit to drug tests.
      • Be required to be evaluated and follow a service plan determined by NH Impaired Driver Care Management Program (IDCMP) subject to the sentencing court’s decision.
      • Be required to complete a department of health and human services impaired driver education program.
      • Be required to install an ignition interlock device (a breathalyzer connected to one’s car that prevents the car from starting if their BAC is above the level determined by the sentencing court) subject to the sentencing court’s decision.
      • Be sentenced between 0-35 consecutive days in the county correctional facility, some of which shall be suspended if the offender schedules an evaluation with IDCMP and follows their service plan.


Repeat offenders are subject to all of the above, longer sentencing to county correctional facilities, and longer or indefinite license revocations.


Ways to Address Drunk Driving

It is vital to have a plan whether you are driving, riding or hosting:

      • Before drinking, plan a safe and sober ride home (schedule a taxi, or plan with a sober designated driver).
      • Don’t let someone that has been drinking get behind the wheel (consider collecting keys if you are hosting a party).
      • If you are hosting a party, have a plan so that every guest will have a sober ride home or not have to travel that evening.
      • Always wear your seatbelt – this is your best defense against other drivers that are out of your control.
      • Call 911 if you see a drunk driver.


I was in a car accident caused by drunk driving – what should I do?

If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident caused by drunk driving, contact Donahue Law. Auto crashes cause personal injury and property damage that can be emotionally, physically, and financially devastating. Car crash lawyers and personal injury attorneys such as Attorney Charlie Donahue can help you navigate the difficult conversations and paperwork with insurance companies so that you receive the best possible outcome.


If you need assistance after a car crash, please call Attorney Charlie Donahue of Donahue Law at (603) 357- 2363 or send him a message here for a free consultation.

Distracted Driving

What is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving pertains to any action that prevents drivers from being fully in control of their vehicle. Sending or reading a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for 5 seconds according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. At 55mph one would drive the length of a football field during that time period. As of 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 5.7% of drivers at any given time are distracted by electronics (handheld cell phone use, visible headset cell phone use, or visible manipulation of handheld devices).

It is impossible to drive safely without one’s full attention, and the increasing use of cell phones, GPS, and other technologies greatly increases the likelihood of auto accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2018 an estimated 400,000 were injured in crashes caused by distracted driving and 2,841 people were killed by distracted driving.


Distracted Driving in New Hampshire

According to the New Hampshire Department of Safety (NHDOS) it is estimated that 30% of all car crashes are caused by distracted driving, and 11% of the estimated 30% are caused by portable electronic mobile devices specifically. The NHDOS Office of Highway Safety (OHS) reports that these estimates are most likely under reported. These estimates are difficult to determine because often distraction is listed secondary to another cause such as speeding or witnesses are unaware if the other driver was distracted. In their Highway Safety Plan 2021, NHDOS OHS explains that the difficulty of determining distracted driving as the cause of an accident, “…can be somewhat compounded as New Hampshire requires a search warrant with adequate probable cause to seize an electronic device for specific evidence.” In 2019, NHDOS OHS reports there were 970 inattention caused crashes resulting in serious bodily injury. On average between 2015-2019 5 driving fatalities per year in New Hampshire were caused by distracted driving, but NHDOS OHS suspects distracted driving to be greatly underreported in fatal and serious injury collisions.


What New Hampshire Laws Prevent Distracted Driving?

New Hampshire has taken steps to reduce distracted driving with the “hands-free law”. Title XXI Motor Vehicles Chapter 265 Section 265:79-c prohibits the use of mobile electronic devices while driving in an effort to prevent auto crashes. The law applies to all drivers while they are behind the wheel in the flow of traffic including when the vehicle is completely stationary at stop lights and stop signs. Texting and driving is only permitted if the vehicle is parked or removed from traffic. However, this law has a few exceptions including:

  • The driver is making an emergency call to public safety agencies for legitimate reasons.
  • The driver is using a two-way radio.
  • The driver is over the age of 18 and using a hands-free device such as those with Bluetooth.

Violators are fined $100 plus penalty assessment for a first offense, $250 plus penalty assessment for a second offense, and $500 plus penalty assessment for any subsequent offense within a 24-month period.

New Hampshire is dedicated to cracking down on and reducing distracted driving. In 2018 alone the State Police alongside local law enforcement conducted 3,475 distracted driving patrol hours and in their 2021 Highway Safety Plan, NHDOS OHS  focuses on an educational campaign to reduce distracted driving.


Ways to Prevent Distracted Driving in New Hampshire

To ensure road safety and avoid automobile accidents, drivers should abstain from all cell phone use while driving and refrain from other distracting tasks such as eating, reading, smoking, etcetera. Here are some tips drivers may follow to help avoid electronic distractions and car crashes on the road:

  • Turn off or silence all electronic devices. These may attract your attention, but turning them off can eliminate the distracting sounds and lights.
  • Use equipment to make necessary electronics hands free.
  • Prepare turn by turn navigation or music prior to driving.
  • Pull over and park in a legal and safe location to use electronics.


I was in an auto accident caused by distracted driving – what should I do?

If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident caused by distracted driving be sure to contact an automobile accident attorney. Auto crashes cause personal injury and property damage that can be emotionally, physically, and financially devastating. Car crash lawyers and personal injury attorneys such as Attorney Charlie Donahue can help you navigate the difficult conversations and paperwork with insurance companies so that you receive the best possible outcome.


If you need assistance after a car crash, please call Attorney Charlie Donahue of Donahue Law at (603) 357- 2363 or send him a message here for a free consultation.


Auto Accidents Leave Indelible Memories For Those Left Behind

Drunken driving deaths take their toll in more than just one way.

This is one of those stories that sets you to thinking, “What if?” Drunken driving is almost as prevalent as the common cold, and like a common cold, it has the potential to turn into something else over time. Take this case, for instance. It is one that still resonates with grief and loss, even two years after the fact. The only good thing is that there is a measure of healing involved for the man who killed a family’s son, for the family who lost their son, and for the officer that attended the final chapter of a young man’s life.

It was November, 2010, when four friends were heading back home after a concert, with the designated driver behind the wheel. While heading north on the highway, the four were rammed by a 22-year-old Air Force airman doing an estimated 78 mph. He had opted to drive while under the influence. His decision killed a 21-year-old passenger in the car. The man’s family decided to file a wrongful death lawsuit, not for revenge, but to seek an accounting of responsibility.

The airman’s blood alcohol content was 0.183; he pled guilty to drunken driving, involuntary manslaughter, and three counts of aggravated battery. While on his way out of court to start serving a six-year sentence, he was told by the mother of the dead young man that they forgave him. The family wanted to focus on healing, and not anger. As a step toward healing, the family started a website asking people to perform seven acts of kindness. The detective who was present at the scene of that horrible accident made his first act of kindness: a presentation for schools and colleges about the accident. In sharing the horror of death caused by a drunken driver, a lesson was presented to those who watch.

However, the officer felt that something was missing from the presentation: the convicted drunken driver. Over time, the officer made the effort to get to know the driver: when he is released from prison in 2016, they plan to make the presentation together. It is, in part, a story about faith and healing, about redemption and about the horror of what drinking and driving does. It’s not a hearts-and-flowers presentation. It is factual and graphic. It carries the message that people need to be responsible and do not drink and drive. It hits home, and that is what it is intended to do. Don’t drink and drive. It may be the last time you do.

Not all stories involving a drunken driver end up like this one. Some situations leave families seething with anger and a thirst for revenge. The point is drunken drivers affect all of us in some way or another. It’s time to stop the carnage.

Charlie Donahue is a New Hampshire personal injury lawyer located in Keene. Donahue handles injury cases in New Hampshire and across the United States. To learn more about New Hampshire injury attorney, Charlie Donahue, visit

Personal Rights Versus Saving Lives; The Cornerstone ToI mplementing a Ban On Texting While Driving

It’s always a tragedy when someone texting on the phone while driving hits another car head-on. The death that occurs was always avoidable.

The whole point of texting and driving is to keep in touch with others. The irony is that we used to be able to do that just fine with a phone used at home or at work. There is no need to chat while driving. Nothing — repeat nothing — is important enough to risk your own life and the lives of others by texting while driving. It appears Oklahoma may be getting with the ban texting while driving movement by dedicating an entire week to this issue.

In fact, there is a new rally cry, or war cry if you will, that calls for stopping texting, to stop the horrific wrecks that happen as a result of this dangerous driving habit. Think about these figures for a moment before blowing off the notion that this article does not apply to you, or anyone else you may know. On average, a texting driver glances down at their phone for five seconds for every text sent or read. Let’s say their speed is 40 mph. In those five seconds, they will travel at least 300 feet, which is the length of a football field. Those five seconds of inattention kill. It’s been proven, time and time again. When does it stop?

Nationwide statistics show that more than 3,000 people died, and just about half a million were injured, as a result of accidents caused by distracted drivers. These figures don’t include the close calls, the near misses when someone manages to avoid an accident, and discovers when they look at the other driver, that they have a cell phone in their hand – or worse yet – they were texting themselves when driving.

There are 39 states that currently ban texting while driving in some form or another, but there are still a few states, and Oklahoma is one of them, that don’t have a single sentence in their laws relating to distracted driving. For some reason, although the idea seems to garner support, the law never comes to pass, and people keep on dying for no good reason, other than they wanted to make sure their friends knew about a party that night.

Of interest is the groundswell of youth speaking out about the dangers of texting and driving. In Oklahoma alone, just about 94 percent of teens want a law banning distracted driving, and close to 84 percent of adults agree. So where is the law? It seems those that live in Oklahoma have a deep down dislike of the government telling them what to do, and they aren’t the only state where people hold similar views.

Those good citizens have a right to feel that way. Personal liberty is a precious thing, and it may be that instead of implementing more new laws on top of the existing laws, it is time to consider that current laws against driving while distracted are sufficient as they stand. The government may need to step back and find a happy medium to make the situation work.

Charlie Donahue is a New Hampshire personal injury lawyer located in Keene. Donahue handles injury cases in New Hampshire and across the United States. To learn more about New Hampshire injury attorney, Charlie Donahue, visit

When Your Car Is More Connected Than Your Office, Something Is Wrong

These days, people may have more technology in their cars than in their offices. This is not safe.

Those with connectivity in their vehicles swear their productivity has increased and that they can multi-task and drive at the same time. These are often the same people that the police and EMS crews have to pull out of their wrecked cars with the Jaws of Life. They are often the same individuals who are either seriously injured or killed in an auto accident. It is a no brainer that someone cannot drive, text, talk, adjust equipment, send faxes or watch a computer screen without serious consequences.

Been lucky so far, and nothing has happened to you? While that is good news, it does not mean that you are not at risk. Nor does it mean that another driver, doing the same thing you are, will not slam into you and leave you badly injured. For safety’s sake, for the sake of your own life, and the lives of people you don’t know, who also have families, do not use mobile technology while you are driving.

All of our technology is addictive. We did just fine without any of it. Now we think we can’t live without “all” of it. As an injury lawyer, I see lots of needless suffering caused by distracted people. It is a good practice for all of us to spend some time away from our computers and iPhones to see that we can manage just fine without being connected all the time. It seems like we are always on high alert waiting for the next message. It is good for us to take a step back from all of it.

Don’t think this is an issue? The average American spends over two hours in their car every day. The rest of the day is typically spent “communicating” with everyone by updating a Facebook place, posting a Tweet on Twitter, visiting a Google+ site, texting or whatever else comes to mind during the day. Technology is terrific, but know when and where to use it. If you only spend about two hours a day in the car, why not do it without being connected to multiple social media sites? Your safety is far more important than what you want to eat for supper, or what your golf score was that day.

What is the obsession with being out of touch for a short period of time? We never used to have mobile devices in our vehicles, and there were far less accidents. But, people sputter, the devices are so useful! True, but they can be useful in a safe environment, like an office or at home. There is no need to text and drive. If you don’t think this applies to you, then research the number of people who have died doing just that. If you don’t want to be a statistic, ditch the technology while driving.

The end results of technology in use prior to a driver meeting another car or semi head-on is awful. If you could see that, and listen to the family’s distress and grief, you would never use a cellphone, smartphone, tablet or anything else in your vehicle again, ever. Get smart.

Charlie Donahue is a New Hampshire personal injury lawyer located in Keene. Donahue handles injury cases in New Hampshire and across the United States. To learn more about New Hampshire injury attorney, Charlie Donahue, visit

Is a Vehicle Accident Really an Accident or Plain Stupidity?

Most car accidents tend to involve an element of negligence on someone’s part.

Most of us have been in a car accident or two or three over our lifetime. There are very few people, other than those who don’t drive, who can say they have never caused an accident or been in one. The interesting question when it comes to car accidents is, “Are car accidents really accidents or are they the result of just plain stupidity?”

Over the years that I have practiced personal injury law, I’ve seen an awful lot of things that would try the patience of a Saint. The things that people do in their cars just boggles the imagination. In fact, some of those things are so astounding it makes me wonder “why” people would do them in a moving vehicle in the first place. Cars don’t drive themselves and if you don’t control them, they control you.

Certainly people don’t get into a potentially deadly machine with the intention of getting into a crash. However, one wonders if they at times leave their brain cells in neutral while driving. While “you” may be a safe driver, that doesn’t mean the “other” person is, and that they aren’t doing something they shouldn’t either.

The examples I am going to mention in this article are cases that I have either handled or have heard about, and some of them will make you wonder how some of these people got driver’s licenses.

There was the case of the big rig driver who was watching an X-rated movie on his laptop computer while driving. He struck and killed a young mother and her child. There was one case involving a 20-year-old driver who was heading home after a long day at work. For some reason he decided to text while driving at highway speeds. He never saw the big rig that hit him head-on.

There was also the case of a teenager eating on his way back to school and trying to drive at the same time. He ran a red light and creamed the side of a TV news van, putting the driver into hospital. Along these same lines was the instance where a woman was trying to get a shoe off the floor of the driver’s side mat when she hit another vehicle and sent in into the oncoming lane of traffic. That vehicle flipped several times and killed all the occupants.

One of the more graphic cases I’ve ever heard about was the biker who zig zagged past a big rig and then abruptly cut back in front of him and jammed on the brakes because there was another car in the road. The trucker had no place else to go and couldn’t stop in time.

Think when you’re driving. It could save someone’s life, including your own.

Charlie Donahue is a New Hampshire personal injury lawyer located in Keene. Donahue handles injury cases in New Hampshire and across the United States. To learn more about New Hampshire injury attorney, Charlie Donahue, visit

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