New Hampshire State Police Arrest Woman After Head-On Collision
The New Hampshire State Police arrested and charged 32-year-old Meghan Gaouette with Aggravated DWI and Vehicular Assault following a head-on collision on Route 9 on Saturday, September 8.
The NH State Police said that Gaouette was driving eastbound in the westbound lane of Route 9 in Nelson shortly after 9 p.m. when she crashed head-on into another vehicle traveling westbound. Police also said that alcohol and the use of an electronic mobile device while driving were likely factors in the accident.
Two people suffered injuries in the crash and were transported to Cheshire Medical Center in Keene. One of the victims suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Gaouette is scheduled to be arraigned in Cheshire County Court on September 27 on charges of aggravated driving while intoxicated (felony) and vehicular assault.
Liability For DWI Accidents in New Hampshire
Attorney contributor Brian Kent is an experienced DWI accident victims lawyer with CrimeVictim.Attorney. He’s offered to add some legal commentary on liability for drunk driving accidents in New Hampshire:
Like all other states, New Hampshire residents who are injured in alcohol-related accidents have the option to file a personal injury claim against the intoxicated individual who caused the accident. In some cases, the victims of these accidents may also bring a claim against an alcohol vendor or another third party that provided alcohol to the person who caused the accident.
In New Hampshire, alcohol vendors can be sued for alcohol-related accidents and injuries if they provided alcohol to someone who was either under age 21 or visibly intoxicated and that individual caused an alcohol-related accident that injured others.
Additionally, New Hampshire has social host liability laws which allow hosts of private gatherings to be held liable under the same circumstances as the dram shop law.
If you or someone you love was recently hit by a drunk driver, you can learn more about your legal options by speaking with an experienced DUI victims lawyer.
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