So far, we have experienced a snowy and cold winter here in New Hampshire and in the Northeast. The evening newscasts seem daily to feature stories about serious auto accidents where the occupants are seriously injured and sometimes, unfortunately, killed. Under New Hampshire common law and statutory law (RSA 265:60, I), all drivers are required to operate their vehicles at appropriate and reasonable speeds “under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing.” What this means is that we are all required to reduce our speeds in order to maintain control of our vehicles in the event of bad weather and slippery, icy or snowy roads. More often than not, an accident in winter weather is the result of one driver failing to reduce their speed, losing control, and then typically overreacting to that loss of control. The result, an accident with someone being injured. It is important for all of us to take special care when diving under these conditions. If you are injured through the negligent failiure of another driver to drive carefully on winter roads, you should contact a personal injury attorney to advise you as to your rights.
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