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Negligent Driving – Snow and Ice

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Now that winter is here it is important to think about the hazards of snow and ice accumulation on vehicles during the winter season. Snow and ice falling from a moving vehicle can create hazardous driving conditions for vehicles traveling around them. To avoid this danger, it is necessary to take reasonable steps to remove the snow or ice accumulations.

Under New Hampshire State law, a driver can be cited for driving a vehicle in a manner that “endangers” or “is likely to endanger any person or property.” This may include large amounts of snow and ice that fall from a vehicle.

When driving, you should leave sufficient space when following vehicles to give yourself enough time to react and be able to avoid any snow/ice that may fall from another vehicle.

265:79-b Negligent Driving. — Whoever upon any way drives a vehicle negligently or causes a vehicle to be driven negligently, as defined in RSA 626:2, I(d), or in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger any person or property shall be guilty of a violation and shall be fined not less than $250 nor more than $500 for a first offense and not less than $500 nor more than $1,000 for a second or subsequent offense.

If you believe you are the victim of a motor vehicle accident, you should consult an experienced personal injury attorney such as one of the attorneys at Douglas, Leonard & Garvey, P.C. Call us at (603) 288-1403 or fill out our online contact form.

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