In our blog we will try to provide you with general information regarding car accidents, motorcycle crashes, and personal injury cases, as well as updates in important cases and statutes dealing with family law in New Hampshire. This is not to be construed as legal advice. Every case is unique and small facts can make a difference.
The Most Common Causes of Serious Auto Accident Injuries
Automobiles are dangerous. Every year, thousands of accidents occur on New Hampshire’s roadways. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) has reported that automobile accidents are the single leading cause of death for persons between the ages of 5 and 34. Vehicular accidents are among the top ten causes of death across all age groups. In 2013, 135 people died in automobile accidents in New Hampshire alone.
Why Do These Accidents Occur?
New Hampshire State Police have reported that nearly 75% of all auto accident related deaths in New Hampshire are caused by one of the following reasons:
§ Driving under the influence of alcohol
§ Driving in an unsafe manner (e.g. making unsafe lane changes or speeding)
§ Failing to use seatbelts
§ Driving while distracted by using a cellular phone or other type of electronic device
Accidents that do not result in death, but produce serious injuries, have similar causes.
1. Driving While Intoxicated – In 2012, in the state of New Hampshire, 1/3rd of all traffic related deaths were caused by intoxicated motorists. Although this number seems high, it is lower than the national average in the United States. Across the U.S., 38% of all automobile accidents involve alcohol.
Alcohol slows downs and inhibits your ability to function and make smart decisions. Those who drink and get behind the wheel of a car are prone to act aggressively while driving and to make dangerous decisions.
2. Aggressive Driving – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released the results of a survey in which nearly half of all adult American motorists admitted to driving aggressively or following unsafe driving practices. Approximately 67% of those surveyed thought that their personal safety had been jeopardized by an unsafe motorist within the last year.
3. Distracted Driving – Distracted driving is classified as the number one cause of serious automobile accidents within the United States. It has become an increasing concern with the sharp rise in popularity of smartphones and GPS navigation devices. Nearly 80% of all accidents in the United States involve a distracted driver, in addition to 65% of near accidents.
4. New Hampshire Drivers & Seatbelt Usage – New Hampshire is the only state in the United States that does not have a law necessitating the use of seatbelts for adults over the age of 18 years. According to the NHTSA, seatbelts save approximately 13,000 lives each calendar year. For this reason, New Hampshire law enforcement officials strongly urge all NH motorists to wear their seatbelts at all times.
New Hampshire has consistently maintained lower rates of seatbelt usage when compared to the United States as a whole. For example, in 2013, the United States’ average rate of daytime seatbelt usage was 87%. By comparison, New Hampshire’s average was only 73%. Still, this was a marked increase from the 2012 average of 69%.
Get Legal Assistance For Serious Automobile Accident Injuries
If you have been involved in an auto accident in the state of New Hampshire that resulted in serious bodily injury or death, then you need to contact one of our experienced NH personal injury attorneys as quickly as possible. Regardless of the cause of, or what type of accident you had, we are here to assist you. Call us today to set up a free consultation.
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