New Hampshire has the dubious distinction of seeing the most significant jump in deaths resulting from motor vehicle crashes in 2018, according to newly released statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Despite a 44.1% jump in total deaths, the report reveals an even more alarming increase in fatalities involving alcohol-impaired drivers. The NHTSA report shows New Hampshire experienced a 77.8% increase in drunk driving deaths.
Key takeaways from NHTSA’s 2018 report
While the number of deaths pales in comparison to other more-populated states, the increases in fatalities here in New Hampshire were some of the most glaring details included in this year’s report:
- 148 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes in New Hampshire in 2018 compared to 102 in 2017
- 48 people died in alcohol-related crashes compared to 27 the year before
- 36,560 people died in traffic crashes across the U.S., a decrease of 2.4% from 2017
- 6,283 pedestrians were killed nationwide, a 3.4% increase from the year before and the most since 1990
- 857 cyclists were killed nationally, an increase of 6.3%
There was some good news for The Granite State
Despite an alarming surge of pedestrian deaths in 2018 across the country, New Hampshire reported only one fatality involving a pedestrian, which is the lowest rate than any other state at .07 deaths per 100,000 people, and an 80% decline from the five deaths reported in 2017, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.
Millions are injured in traffic crashes each year
Despite the thousands of deaths that occur annually on U.S. roadways, 3.6 million Americans are injured in 6 million motor vehicle crashes. Of those who are injured, nearly 300,000 people are taken to emergency rooms for treatment. NHTSA estimates car crashes cause $242 billion in economic losses each year as a result of medical treatment, lost wages, property damage and other associated costs. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle crash, an experienced personal injury attorney here in New Hampshire will aggressively fight for the compensation you deserve.