Although many of the roads in New Hampshire have dangerous curves and regular traffic problems, traffic deaths in the state are relatively low compared to other states with the same population. However, this is partially because of the vigilance of drivers and the law enforcement officers who monitor their actions.
Police officers are not above the law, however. They can make the same mistakes as other drivers, especially when they are off-duty. A 27-year-old police officer in Rockingham County was arrested in connection with a drunk driving incident in Amherst that killed a local 21-year-old woman earlier this month.
The woman was returning home from her boyfriend's house when her car was struck head-on by a sport utility vehicle driven by the policeman. The SUV reportedly swerved across the center line on Route 101 into the path of the woman's car. The officer was arrested and charged with felony aggravated DUI.
The road was closed for hours after the accident while the New Hampshire State Police's Collision Analysis and Reconstruction unit investigated the scene. "At this time it appears that impairment was a factor in this crash, however, all aspects remain under investigation," according to a police statement regarding the crash.
Regardless of criminal charges, survivors of the victims of fatal car accidents have the right to claim financial damages in a wrongful death lawsuit. This can help surviving family members recover medical and burial expenses as well as the lost income of a crash victim. An experienced attorney can provide families with valuable guidance and represent their interests in court.