A common cause for injuries and fatalities in New Hampshire is when there is an auto accident. A key aspect of reducing accidents is to know why they happened, so it is important for researchers to keep track of motor vehicle accidents and their causes when formulating strategies to reduce them. The good news is that there was a noticeable drop in fatal auto accidents in the state in 2019.
In 2018, there were 142 deaths in crashes on state highways. There was a reduction of 30% in 2019 when there were 99 fatalities. In 2018, there had been a 36% increase in fatalities with officials pointing to distraction, DUIs and failure to wear a seat belt as factors. That year, there were 130 such accidents in which there was a fatality. For 2019, there were 88 such accidents that led to a fatality. This includes a major motorcycle crash in June when seven bikers were hit by a trucker.
It is believed that the improvement stems from drivers maintaining good behavior behind the wheel. Still, there are constant dangers. Distracted driving remains a prevalent problem with many drivers ignoring entreaties to pay attention to the road and looking at their devices or being distracted in other ways when operating a vehicle. Emergency responders lament the number of vehicles they see speeding on state roads as speeding correlates with higher fatality rates.
Undoubtedly, it is a positive trend that fewer people are dying in auto accidents. Despite the improvement, one accident in which there is an injury or death is too many. People who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents face personal, financial and professional challenges. A legal filing might be essential to recovering sufficient compensation. A law firm experienced in auto accidents may be able to help, and calling for a consultation is the first step.