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Can I Sue After Hitting An Animal In New Hampshire?


Hitting an animal can lead to serious injuries in New Hampshire, especially under certain circumstances. If you hit a large, heavy animal at high speeds, the consequences can even be fatal. But what happens next? Who will pay for your medical expenses, and how will you continue to support yourself while unable to work? What about non-economic damages, such as emotional distress or PTSD? Can you sue the animal directly? If not, then who can you sue?

These are all important questions, and they’re probably best left answered by a qualified, experienced personal injury attorney in New Hampshire. Although getting medical attention should be your first priority, a consultation with an attorney is a close second. Once you connect with a legal professional, you can start to plan out your next move efficiently. With their assistance, you can pursue a fair, adequate settlement for your injuries.

Driver Injured After Hitting Moose on New Hampshire Highway 

To illustrate just how serious an animal impact can be, consider a recent report from New Hampshire: On April 11th, it was reported that a driver had a hit a moose on Route 302 in Carroll just after midnight. The impact killed the moose and caused significant injuries for the driver. He was discovered by officers with cuts across his arm and head, ostensibly caused by the shattered windshield. His vehicle was completely wrecked by the moose. Police also warned motorists that moose may be a consistent threat throughout the Spring, as this is the season in which they are most likely to venture onto the road.

What Happens After I Hit an Animal? 

So who can you sue if you hit an animal in New Hampshire? How do you receive compensation for your injuries? First, if you were the passenger rather than the driver of the vehicle, you may be able to make a claim against the driver’s auto insurance policy. If you were the driver, it may be harder to make a claim, but there still may be options available to you. First, if the animal you collided with was an escaped farm animal or otherwise owned by another person, you may be able to make a claim against that person if they were negligent in allowing the animal to get into the road. Second, you may have some coverage available to you under your own auto insurance policy, including medical payments coverage (a no-fault coverage that can help you pay for out of pocket medical costs and medical bills) and collision coverage.

Enlist the Help of a Qualified Attorney Today 

For help from a skilled Manchester personal injury lawyer, reach out to the Law Office of Manning Zimmerman & Oliveira PLLC. Over the years, we have assisted numerous plaintiffs, including those who have been harmed in serious auto accidents. Although hitting an animal on the road can raise all kinds of difficult questions, there may be a viable solution. Book your consultation today, and we can help you strive for a fair, adequate settlement in a confident manner.



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