Car Accidents

Car accidents happen every day in New Hampshire. Some accidents are minor and can be handled through insurance companies. But when you are seriously injured in a car accident, you may need assistance from a car accident lawyer who can help you get the compensation you deserve.

At Gottesman and Hollis, P.A., we have extensive experience representing car accident victims, and take great pride in providing our clients with effective representation that yields results.

New Hampshire Car Accident Information Center

The time following a auto accident in New Hampshire can be scary, uncertain, and confusing. Below you’ll find links to articles that will help you understand the proper steps to take following a car accident in New Hampshire:

Protect Yourself with Legal Representation

Every year, negligent drivers cause millions of Americans to suffer  personal injuries such as brain damage, burns, broken bones, and other catastrophic injuries. If you were hurt badly in a car accident, your insurance company (or that of the at-fault driver) may try to avoid paying for the costs associated with your injuries. 

Our attorneys communicate directly with insurance companies on your behalf, and will make sure your interests are represented during the insurance claim negotiation and settlement process. We develop your file to reflect your losses, including your medical bills, lost wages, and the pain and suffering you have endured.

Unfortunately, not all car accidents can be handled through insurance companies and it may become necessary to file a lawsuit. The law allows victims to seek money damages from the person or entity responsible for their injuries, which may take into account costs for long-term care and treatment and other future expenses. Often, filing a personal injury lawsuit is the only way for car accident victims to be fairly compensated for their injuries and other losses.

Understanding Personal Injury Law

If you were seriously injured in a car accident in New Hampshire, a personal injury lawyer can help you recover money damages for your injuries and any other losses (such as property damage) you suffered. Most people are unfamiliar with the legal system and may be overwhelmed at the prospect of filing a lawsuit.

This section provides some basic information about personal injury law, and it is not a substitute for legal advice. If you have questions about your case, call our office right away for a free and confidential consultation.

What is negligence?

Most lawsuits filed after a car accident include a claim or claims for negligence. Under the law, negligence occurs when someone fails to exercise the amount of care a reasonable person would under the same or similar circumstances. In other words, when someone is careless and causes another person to suffer an injury, they can be held  legally responsible (or liable) in civil court.

What damages are available in a car accident lawsuit?

The term damages refers to a sum of money awarded to an injured person in a lawsuit. If you file a lawsuit after a car accident, you may be entitled to receive the following types of damages:

  • Money to compensate you for your past and future medical bills, including doctors visits, prescription medications, and physical therapy;
  • Money to compensate you for the wages you lost as a result of missing work;
  • Money to compensate you for the pain and suffering you endured as a result of your injuries;
  • Money to compensate you for the damage to your vehicle and other property; and
  • Money to compensate you for the amount of money you will lose over time as a result of your diminished earning capacity.

There may be other types of damages available to you. An experienced car accident lawyer can assess your losses and will pursue all available forms of compensation for your injuries.

What is the statute of limitations for a car accident lawsuit in New Hampshire?

There is a procedural rule known as a statute of limitations that requires you to file your lawsuit before a certain amount of time has passed. If the time period allowed by the statute of limitations has passed, your lawsuit will not be heard by a court no matter how strong your claims are. This is one of the many reasons why it is important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible after a car accident.

The statute of limitations for a car accident lawsuit in New Hampshire is three years. This means that generally, you must bring a lawsuit no more than three years after the date your car accident occurred. There are some narrow exceptions to this rule.