A head-on collision in New Hampshire left one person dead and six more people injured, including four Secret Service agents, on Dec. 29. Washington residents may have heard that the nighttime accident occurred on Route 16 when a Mercury Sable crossed the double yellow lines and crashed into a Ford Taurus carrying the four agents.
The 45-year-old male driver of the Mercury died at the scene of the collision. His two passengers were also injured. The four agents, who were on duty at the time of the incident, suffered serious non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to Frisbie Memorial Hospital for treatment.
In this incident that happened in a state that has an early presidential primary in 2016, the police investigation might reveal why the Mercury’s driver crossed the double yellow lines, resulting in the crash. Though information in this case is still unknown, in similar fatal motor vehicle accidents, factors such as impaired driving due to alcohol or drug consumption, speeding, reckless or negligent driving, due to talking or texting on a cellphone, for example, have played a role.
People who have been injured in a motor vehicle accident can often face high medical and rehabilitation expenses. In many cases, their financial situation worsens even further when they are unable to return to work and consequently lose the wages that they would have otherwise earned. A personal injury attorney can review the official accident investigation report, eyewitness accounts and other evidence in order to pinpoint responsibility. If it can be determined that the crash was caused by the negligence of another motorist, the attorney may suggest filing a lawsuit seeking compensation from the at-fault driver for the losses that the injured victim has incurred.