Manchester Truck Crash Lawyers Discuss Common Causes of Truck Crashes
Did you know that commercial trucks are six times the length of an average vehicle and nearly 20 times their weight? It seems like every day that we see a story about one of these trucks being involved in a collision. Passenger cars share the roadways with commercial trucks, and when a collision occurs, drivers and their passengers often sustain extensive damages and injuries, sometimes with tragic results.
Driving a truck for a living requires skill, patience, and the ability to react quickly. Commercial vehicles of all sizes need to be aware of their surroundings at all times. Passenger vehicles must also use caution when driving near these vehicles.
The following issues are the most common causes of truck-related collisions:
- The driver was inadequately trained to operate the vehicle
- The driver was operating the vehicle for more hours than allowable by law
- Unrealistic schedules caused the driver to operate the vehicle recklessly
- The trailer was packed incorrectly, causing the trailer to shift while moving
- Proper maintenance was not performed on the truck, causing mechanical failure
- Falling asleep while driving or using medications that make an operator drowsy
However, it should be noted that these are not the only truck driver related issues that cause serious collisions. The Truck Safety Coalition provides an abundance of information on trucking crashes and is a good resource. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration also provides helpful information.
Contact Experienced Manchester Truck Crash Lawyers for a Free Consultation
Have you or a loved one been injured in a truck-related collision? If so, it is essential that you have competent legal representation from the onset of your case through litigation. Big insurance companies have lawyers looking out for their interests and you should too!
For a free consultation, contact the Manchester truck crash lawyers at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman PLLC. We may be reached at (603) 605-0547 or by email at info@MZLawNH.com. We may also be contacted by using the “contact us” or chat feature on our website.
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Dogs, we love them! They are many times our closest companions and considered one of the family. Many of us at Manning & Zimmerman Law are dog owners – and dog lovers! But any dog can be territorial and unpredictable when it feels threatened or when defending puppies, owners or food. “Our dog has never bitten anyone before” is a common refrain heard by those responding to dog bite situations.
The numbers tell the story. More than 4.5 million people are bitten each year in the United States. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), one in five require medical attention. Half of the victims are children and are far more likely to be injured. The Insurance Information Institute also reports that the number of dog bite claims is on the rise, accounting for more than one-third of all homeowners insurance claims paid in 2013, or $483.7 million nationwide.
How to Avoid a
First of all, assume any dog can bite, not just breeds often thought to be more aggressive. Always be cautious around strange dogs, respecting their space especially when sleeping, eating or chewing on a toy. Other important tips:
- Never leave a baby or small child alone with a dog. Teach them to be cautious around pets and ask first before approaching a dog.
- Pay attention to a dog’s body language, looking for cues that it might be uncomfortable like a tensed body, stiff tail, pulled-back head or ears, yawning and intense staring.
- If it looks like a dog might attack, resist the impulse to scream or run away. Stay motionless with your hands at your side. Once the dog loses interest, slowly back away.
- If the dog does attack, “feed” it your jacket, hat, purse or anything else you can put between you and the dog. If you fall, curl into a ball and lay as still as possible with your hands over your head and neck.
- After a dog bite, immediately wash the wound with soap and warm water. Seek medical attention as soon as possible and then report the bite to your local animal control agency.
For more information, download this brochure from the AVMA.
Be a Responsible Dog Owner
According to the Manchester dog bite lawyers at Manning & Zimmerman Law, there is a lot you can do as an owner to ensure that your dog doesn’t bite anyone. Not only is it the right thing to do, but it is also your obligation under state and local law. Start by consulting a veterinarian on suitable dogs for your household. Then consider these tips:
- Because so many dog bites happen to young children, you might want to wait until your children are 4 years old or older before bringing home a dog.
- Socialize your pet as a puppy so it feels at ease around people and other animals.
- Train your dog on basic commands like “sit,” “stay,” “no” and “come” to build a bond of obedience and trust. It is also important to exercise and spend time with your dog as dogs left alone too much can develop behavioral problems.
- Keep your dog healthy and feeling well with all required vaccinations. Neutering your pet can also lessen aggression.
- Follow the rules by licensing your dog and obeying leash laws.
Contact Experienced Manchester Dog Bite Lawyers for a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one have suffered a dog bite, contact the Manchester dog bite lawyers at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman PLLC. We may be reached at (603) 210-4464, by email at info@MZLawNH.com, or by using the “contact us” or chat feature on our website.
If you or a loved one have been injured by another person’s careless acts, it is essential that you have competent legal representation from the onset of your case through litigation. Big insurance companies have lawyers looking out for their interests and you should too!
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Distractions, Inexperience and Risky Behavior Spell Trouble
According to the Manchester law firm of Manning & Zimmerman, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have reported that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens. It is estimated that on average, six teenagers die every day in the United States from a car crash. As teens head back to school, you should know how to keep them, and others, safe.
The Manchester law firm of Manning & Zimmerman knows that a teen driver on the road is more likely to cause a car crash than any other driver. Per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash. Young men are two times more likely to get in a crash than young women.
If your teen driver has recently received his or her license, inexperience can spell disaster out on the road. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, teen drivers ages 16 to 17 are twice as likely to get in a car crash compared to teen drivers ages 18 to 19.
Teens are also less likely to practice safe driving behavior, such as using seat belts or maintaining a safe following distance. In 2015, only 61 percent of high school students reported they always wear seat belts when riding with someone else. [Download report.]
Teens are also much more likely to drive distracted. Drivers under the age of 20 have the highest proportion of distraction-related crashes. Carpooling seems like a convenient way to get to school, but teens riding with other teen drivers increase the risk of distraction with every additional teen passenger. Here are all eight of the CDC danger zones most often linked to teen crashes:
1. Driver Inexperience
2. Driving with Teen Passengers
3. Nighttime Driving
4. Not Using Seat Belts
5. Distracted Driving
6. Drowsy Driving
7. Reckless Driving
8. Impaired Driving
So what can parents do to prevent teen driving tragedies?
- Most important, lead by example. Forty-eight percent of young drivers have seen their parents talking on a cell phone while driving, and 15 percent of those have seen their parents texting while driving. Show your kids how to drive responsibly by driving distraction free, wearing your seat belt, and following all speed limits and traffic laws.
- Set limits. Multiple teen passengers and late-night driving lead to more crashes. Limit the number of passengers for your teen drivers and set a curfew.
- Buy a safe car. The car your teen drives should be reliable. Purchase from a reputable dealer, and check all cars at Safercar.gov for recalls. Make sure your young driver knows what to do if a car breaks down.
- Practice driving with your teen. Provide your teen driver with 30 to 50 hours of supervised driving practice over at least six months. Practice on a variety of roads, at different times of day, and in varied weather and traffic conditions. Stress the importance of continually scanning for potential hazards including other vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
- Create a Parent-Teen driving agreement. Put your driving rules in writing to clearly set limits, as well as the consequences for not following those rules.
Injured? Contact the Manchester Law Firm of Manning & Zimmerman
If you or a loved one have been injured through no fault of your own, it is essential that you have competent NH injury lawyers representing you from the onset of your case through litigation. Big insurance companies have lawyers looking out for their interests and you should too. The experienced Manchester law firm of Manning & Zimmerman has NH injury lawyers ready to represent you immediately. Call (603) 239-2489 today for a free initial consultation.
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Manning and Zimmerman 7th Amendment Scholarship Recipients
The NH injury law firm of Manning and Zimmerman is pleased to announce the recipients of their 7th Amendment scholarship program. Following the submission of a tremendous number of applications, the firm carefully considered each entry and is pleased to announce that the recipients of the two $1,000 Manning & Zimmerman 7th Amendment scholarships for 2017 are Austin Woodward of Groveton High School and Shane Coughlin of Alvirne High School. Austin and Shane submitted essays that displayed a depth of knowledge of the 7th Amendment and the importance of every American citizen’s right to a trial by jury. Congratulations Austin and Shane and best of luck as you begin your college careers!
About the NH Injury Law Firm of Manning Zimmerman
The New Hampshire personal injury attorneys at the NH injury law firm of Manning & Zimmerman have a combined total of more than 50 years representing those who have been injured through no fault of their own. For a free initial consultation, NH injury victims can contact the firm by phone at (603) 239-2489, complete a contact form on the firm’s website, or send an email.
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Tips to Keep Kids Safe on Playgrounds
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), at least 200,000 children age 14 or younger are treated in emergency rooms each year for playground injuries. More than 10 percent of these are traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), and the rate of TBIs is rising. You should Work With NH Playground Injury Attorneys if You Have a Claim.
Because public playgrounds are numerous and easily accessible, most kids spend their time on these rather than private playgrounds. Thus, the largest percentage of playground injuries take place on public facilities. In fact, it is estimated that seventy-five percent of playground injuries take place on public playgrounds. Monkey bars and climbing equipment are responsible for the highest number of injuries.
But despite the risks, we know kids love playgrounds and benefit from the exercise and social interaction. The good news: Adults can play a key role in keeping kids safe on their favorite playgrounds with these tips and resources:
Keep Your Kids Safe With These Tips
- Areas underneath the equipment, known as fall surfaces, should be made of soft material such as wood chips, mulch, sand or rubber.
- Inspect equipment for any piece (especially metal) that may be hot from the sun.
- Watch for hazards or protrusions like bolts, hooks, stumps or rocks that could trip or cut children.
- Look for neglected maintenance, such as rusty or broken equipment.
- Make sure kids wear safe clothing. No loose scarves or hoodies with drawstrings, as these can become a strangulation hazard if entangled with equipment. Shoes should be comfortable for play and protect feet, like sneakers. Tie long hair back as well.
- Make sure there are strong and sturdy guardrails to prevent falls.
- Your children should be using age-appropriate equipment. Read all playground signs for warnings and instructions.
- Most importantly, the best way to prevent injuries is parental supervision. Talk to your kids about appropriate playground behavior before you visit the playground and watch them while you’re there.
More Resources for Safe Playgrounds
To ensure your local playground is safe, the National Recreation and Parks Association has a network of Certified Playground Safety Inspectors (CPSI). The CPSI certification program provides comprehensive and up-to-date training on playground safety issues, including hazard identification, equipment specifications, surfacing requirements and risk management methods. To find your local CPSI, click here.
A thorough playground safety checklist and ranking tool, created by the National Program for Playground Safety, can be found here. If you see safety hazards or poorly maintained equipment, reach out to the owner as soon as possible. In most cases, this will be a school or park district.
Keeping our kids safe while out on the playground is an issue we can all get behind, and one that benefits the community as a whole. So let’s all get out there and have some fun!
Contact NH Playground Injury Attorneys
If your child has been negligently injured on a playground, it is essential that you have competent legal representation from the onset of your case through litigation. Big insurance companies have lawyers looking out for their interests and you should too! The New Hampshire playground injuries attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC offer free initial consultations for NH injury victims. Call us at (603) 239-2489, complete a request for a consultation on our website, or send us an email.
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The most common questions we receive in a personal injury claim are “How do I prove my case?” and “What is my case worth?” Which party is at fault determines what financial recovery you have a right to in any personal injury case. New Hampshire follows a comparative fault system. That is, the amount of liability of all parties involved in a case and the amount of the plaintiff’s financial recovery is determined by the degree of fault of each party.
Determination of Fault
Comparative fault law seeks to determine which party is, more or less, at fault for your injuries. During settlement negotiations or in a lawsuit, it is not unusual for the defendant(s) to allege that the plaintiff is partly or completely at fault for any injuries they may have suffered.
Say you are walking through a grocery store talking on your cell phone and you slip and fall on a wet floor because it was not properly cleaned. In this situation, a possible outcome could be some liability by the store because of their failure to clean up the wet floor or to properly warn that it was unsafe. However, if it can be proven that you were not paying attention because you were talking on your cell phone when you fell, the percentage of the store’s liability could be reduced.
In this case, if the store was found to be 80% at fault and you were found to be 20% at fault, any financial settlement or award would be reduced by 20%. Therefore, if a jury awards you $100,000, the amount would be reduced by $20,000. However, if you were found to be more than 50% at fault, the law does not allow for you to recover for your injuries.
Preserving Evidence of Liability in Your Personal Injury Claim
There are many things you can do to preserve the evidence in your case. This is true whether you are in settlement negotiations, a jury trial, or arbitration.
Photograph the accident scene
If you are able, take as many photographs as possible of the crash scene from different angles. In a NH car accident case, take pictures of where the vehicles came to rest and the damages to all the vehicles involved in the crash. Also photograph property damages, skid marks, and grooves in the road or dirt. If you fell in a supermarket from liquid on the floor, take a picture of the area, especially if there were no warning signs in place. If you were injured from a defective product, take a picture of the product and the product packaging.
Obtain police or incident reports
If you reported the accident to the police or business owner, a report should have been generated. Obtain a copy of that report. The police report should include a description of the crash, identification of the parties involved, and any witnesses. It should also include witness statements, a diagram of the crash if necessary, whether any party was transported to a medical facility, and the police officer’s investigative findings. An incident report from the business owner should include your description of the accident. Be sure to include any complaints of injuries, along with the incident date, time and location. Some incident reports may also include an employee’s own investigation, such as confirming whether liquid was present.
Obtain any video-recordings or photographs
Witnesses may have photographed or video-recorded the accident or incident. Traffic cameras or security cameras may have also recorded the accident. Seek a copy of the video recording or photographs or have an attorney demand preservation of that evidence. This must be done as soon as possible since witnesses may delete any evidence they may have. Video recordings may be erased from traffic or security cameras that are usually set in a loop, so after a specified amount of time, the recording would be recorded over by more current data.
Obtain witness information
If possible, ask for the full name, address and telephone number of all witnesses.
Contact a Injury Attorney to Discuss Your New Hampshire Personal Injury Claim
If you were partly at fault for an accident that caused your injuries, speak to the experienced New Hampshire personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC to discuss your personal injury claim. It is essential that you have competent legal representation from the onset of your case through litigation. Big insurance companies have lawyers looking out for their interests and you should too. Call (603) 239-2489 today for a free initial consultation.
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According to the federal government’s census website, people living with a disability make up almost 20% of our population and are more than twice as likely to experience persistent poverty. To help reduce costs, Coupon Chief has created a guide that offers a great deal of information on different discount programs available to these individuals. The NH personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Manning and Zimmerman, PLLC are pleased to share this information to help those living with disabilities with their day-to-day living expenses.
With Spring finally arriving in New Hampshire, the weather is warmer and the days are longer – and motorcyclists are taking to our state’s roadways. All motorists are reminded to safely “Share the Road” with motorcycles, to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists and their passengers safe, and to avoid causing a motorcycle injury case.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, motorcycles are less stable and less visible than cars and often have high-performance capabilities. When motorcycles crash, their riders lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle, so they’re more likely to be injured or killed. The National Highway Safety Administration estimates that per mile traveled in 2013, the number of deaths on motorcycles was over 26 times the number in cars.
Before setting off on what should be a fun and safe ride, be sure to take the time to educate yourself about how to avoid a motorcycle accident in the first place. There are plenty of things you can do to educate yourself on how to avoid motorcycle accidents and we are pleased to share this article from the folks at Best Motorcycle Jackets.
What are the factors you should consider when evaluating what your motorcycle accident case is worth?
Motorcycle accidents are unique and results will depend on the facts of your case, but here are the most influential factors. Your personal injury lawyer in Manchester NH at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC can also be an excellent source of valuation information.
Actual costs are the real costs that you incur as a result of your motorcycle injury. These are similar to car accident damages. Damages such as lost wages or earning capacity, the reasonable value of medical bills, vehicle damage, and related expenses are certain damages which are relatively easy to prove. Make sure that you have all of your paperwork to prove your damages.
Subjective costs refer to damages, such as pain and suffering, and are harder to quantify for purposes of settlement. A motorcycle injury case attorney at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC can help give you a range of pain and suffering damages so that you have an understanding of what your case is worth. It is important when detailing your pain and suffering damages, that you give a clear picture of how your life was affected. For example, if you were an active person before the accident and are no longer able to be physically active because of the limitations from your motorcycle injury, details as to your loss of enjoyment of life and your life before and after the accident can help you obtain a bigger settlement.
Evidence of the defendant’s fault in a motorcycle injury case
Whether you can prove that the defendant was at fault in your motorcycle injury case will significantly increase your chances of a higher monetary recovery. For example, if you have evidence that the defendant was driving too fast or ran a red light or was otherwise not observing traffic laws, establishing liability becomes much easier and the chances of a larger monetary recovery increase. Evidence such as witness statements, police reports, and traffic cams can be used to prove a defendant’s fault in your motorcycle injury case.
Whether the defendant can afford to pay on a jury award
Whether the defendant can afford to pay the total a jury may award is another consideration when deciding whether to accept a settlement offer. If the defendant has no assets or ability to pay on a judgment, then your attorney may advise you to accept an offer from their insurance within policy limits. Conversely, if the defendant has assets which you can collect upon, it may increase a settlement offer or your chances with a jury. Your attorney can advise you as to whether it is worth collecting against a defendant’s assets and how long it would take to collect on a judgment as opposed to accepting an insurance company’s settlement offer.
How your case will look to a jury
Juries are comprised of human beings, each with their own ideas about motorcycle accidents, perceptions of trials and litigants, and values. How you will present to a jury, how the defendant will present to the jury, and how the facts of your case will present to a jury can factor into what a jury will award you and whether the defendant’s or the insurance company’s settlement offer is the best choice for you. Your personal injury lawyer is your best choice for guidance in this area. An experienced personal injury lawyer in Manchester NH can value your case and give you a realistic idea of what to expect with a jury and how that can help your case.
Do you want to have your case tried before a jury?
When deciding whether to accept a settlement offer in your motorcycle injury case, you do have to ask yourself whether you really want to go to trial and whether this is something that you can handle. Some personal injury claimants relish the idea of taking their chances in court while other claimants would not want to go to trial under any circumstances. Ask yourself honestly whether you want to go through the trial process. There is no right or wrong answer.
Jury verdicts and settlements in your courthouse
There is a considerable amount of motorcycle injury case data available on jury verdicts and settlements in New Hampshire. It is worth reviewing those jury verdicts and settlements to get an accurate understanding of what juries tend to award in a motorcycle injury case. Your personal injury attorney can give you a reasonable, well-researched idea of what to expect from jury verdicts and settlements in New Hampshire.
Call Experienced Motorcycle Injury Case Attorneys
Big companies have lawyers looking out for their interests and you should too. If you feel that you have been treated unfairly by an insurance company, the NH personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC can help. When representing injured victims, we are only paid for our services when we successfully recover damages from the responsible party. For a free consultation, call (603) 239-2459, email us at email@example.com, or contact us by using the “contact us” form or chat feature on our website.
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“Thank you Ellen Musinsky and Donald Manning for helping me successfully maneuver through the complicated Social Security Disability system. Your help and guidance were instrumental in my getting benefits and it was clear that you cared about my case.”
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If you have worked and contributed to the Social Security system but have become disabled and unable to work, contact the experienced attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman at (603) 239-2489, complete a request for a consultation on our website, or send us an email.
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NH Personal Injury Attorneys Offer Free Injury Case eBooklet
If you are like many personal injury victims, you may be unsure of the civil litigation process and whether it is the best fit for you and your family moving forward. The NH personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC understand the hesitation many people feel about filing a lawsuit – we are here to help answer your questions and explain the process from start to finish. At Manning & Zimmerman, you can expect uncompromising persistence and professionalism as our lawyers work hard to obtain the best results possible as we fight to protect your legal rights. We are pleased to present this quick-reading and informative eBooklet, loaded with helpful insights into how attorneys and insurers evaluate a wide variety of injury cases. Find your case type and learn about:
— Rear-end collisions
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— Truck accidents
— Slips and falls
— Stairway falls
— Falling objects
— Animal-attack cases
— Inadequate security
— Claims against a public entity
— Police misconduct
— Children and minors
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— Intentional torts
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