Especially compared to the fast pace of Boston and New York, New Hampshire is a laid-back place that moves at its own speed. It is not likely that the Granite State would be home to the top dangerous activities beyond construction and winter sports, but a disturbing trend indicates unnecessary hazards.
There were at least 142 fatal car crashes in New Hampshire during 2018, which is nearly a 50 percent increase in traffic-related deaths from the previous year. Some counties saw their traffic fatality rates more than double from 2017 into 2018. Seven people died on the roads of New Hampshire just in the 10-day period before December 21, 2018.
The New Hampshire State Police warned drivers to maintain safety by keeping their speed under control and avoiding distractions like cellphones and other electronic devices while the car is in gear. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol should always be avoided by asking a designated driver or finding another way home.
A review of fatal crashes indicates that only 9 percent of traffic accident fatalities died because of circumstances out of their control, like a car problem or the actions of another driver. But the families and survivors of the victims of those accidents deserve to try to collect financial damages to ease recovery after a tragic loss.
An attorney can help the estates of drivers and passengers killed in accidents that were other people's fault. A lawsuit may result in a mediated solution, negotiated settlement or a jury verdict in a civil court.