A young local Stratham woman was killed in a head-on collision with a school bus. There were no passengers in either vehicle.
“It is my understanding that the young woman involved in this Stratham, New Hampshire accident was well known and well liked in the community. Her death shook up a lot of people in the area. The 25-year-old woman was killed instantly when her car slammed into a school bus just after 7 in the morning,” said Charlie Donahue, a New Hampshire personal injury lawyer located in Keene. Donahue handles injury cases in New Hampshire and across the United States.
For some reason, the victim’s vehicle was in the wrong lane and met up with the bus. The bus driver did not have time to stop and the prevailing conditions at the time of the accident were such that the visibility was extremely poor. The victim was identified as a local resident of Stratham.
The bus driver, who sustained non-life threatening injuries, had been driving for the bus company for 10 years without incident. Her child was with her at the time of the crash, but was not harmed. The bus was on its way to pick up children to take them to school and it was fortunate that the bus was empty.
The police report indicated that routine testing for drugs would be conducted, but they feel that the roads were the main cause of the accident because they were slick and the wind was creating a blowing snow hazard. Winter in New Hampshire can be mean and unforgiving.
“Accidents like this are devastating for everyone,” Donahue said.
When winter hits, the safest thing to do while on the roads is buckle up. The few seconds it takes to put on that seatbelt may mean saving a life.
“We strongly urge you to wear a seatbelt, particularly in bad weather when the roads are slick and the visibility poor. Drive slower than the posted limits and take the road conditions into consideration. Take the extra time to get to where you are going and don’t be in an all-fired hurry. We care about what happens out there and it’s better that you be safe than become a statistic,” Donahue said.
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