New Hampshire Serious Injury Fatal Accidents

New Hampshire Serious Injury/Fatal Car Accidents

Unfortunately, car accidents resulting in serious injuries or fatalities occur all too often on New Hampshire roadways. In 2003, there were approximately 127 deaths on NH roads that resulted in fatalities (New Hampshire Department of Transportation, 2004). Of this number, 43% of the deaths were occupants in a passenger vehicle. 28% of the fatalities were passengers in light trucks. Of the total number of car accidents that occurred that year, 65% were attributed to roadway departures, 12% were related to intersections, and 10% involved big rig commercial vehicles. 22 of the 127 deaths that year involved non-motorist fatalities.

A car accident can produce a plethora of different injuries that range from the minor to the moderate to the catastrophic. There are a number of factors, like the number of safety features the vehicle possesses or the severity of the accident, that attribute to the extent and the nature of the injuries that a victim suffers. If a New Hampshire resident, or a loved one, has been involved in a serious accident, then they need to engage the services of our professional and experienced New Hampshire car accident lawyers to assist them in reviewing and understanding what their legal rights and options are.

The Most Frequent Types of Injuries Suffered In Car Accidents

There are a number of different injuries that a victim can suffer in a car accident. Here are just a few examples of some of the most frequent ones we see:

  • Emotional Distress – Not all injuries are physical. They can also be emotional. Victims who are involved in a serious car accident can suffer from depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, emotional duress, and other similar psychological disorders.
  • Brain Injuries – Anytime a victim’s head suffers from a sudden impact, there is a risk for brain injuries. Brain damage most commonly occurs when there is a sudden collision that causes a motorist’s brain to strike against the skull. Just some of the symptoms that a brain injury can produce include memory loss, permanent disabilities, physical pain, and a loss of cognitive and physical abilities.
  • Neck Injuries – The most common type of neck injury seen in car accidents is whiplash. However, fractured vertebrae and neck strain are not uncommon. These types of injuries can seriously inhibit a person’s mobility and result in chronic pain.
  • Back Injuries – Back injuries can be especially devastating. The most frequent types of back injuries suffered in car accidents include fractures, herniated disks, spinal cord injuries, sprains, whiplash, and strains. If these types of injuries are not correctly diagnosed and treated promptly, then it can result in progressive worsening over time.
  • Broken Bones – Broken bones are, perhaps, the most common type of injury seen in New Hampshire car accidents. Broken bones can occur anywhere in the body, but they most frequently occur in the neck, legs, arms, and back. Many broken bones require physical therapy, surgery, and other rehabilitative services in order for a victim to recover fully from them.

New Hampshire Car Accident Fatalities

The sad reality is that not all of the victims of New Hampshire car accidents survive their injuries. According to recently released data from The Fatality Analysis Reporting System, there were 110 victims killed in roadway accidents in 2009 alone. In 2008, there were a total of 138 fatalities resulting from vehicular crashes on New Hampshire roadways. In instances where blatant wrongdoing or negligence was involved, the family members of the deceased victim have the option to initiate a wrongful death lawsuit. This type of lawsuit seeks monetary compensation for damages the victim and their family incurred, such as the loss of future benefits and income, funeral expenses, and medical costs.

Can I Receive Compensation for My Personal Injuries?

For a New Hampshire car accident victim, there will be a number of options for seeking financial recompense for medical expenses, physical pain and suffering, time that had to be taken off of work, and other similar types of damages. New Hampshire is what is called an “at fault” state. With some legal claims, the victim of the collision is required to seek compensation through their own automobile or health insurance. With other cases, financial compensation must be pursued through the insurance company of the at fault driver. Because each case is unique, a victim who decides to seek financial compensation will need to engage the services of a professional and skilled New Hampshire car accident lawyer to evaluate their case and determine what their legal options are.

If a New Hampshire state resident, or a loved one, has been involved in a car accident, the following steps need to be taken:

  • The authorities should be contacted immediately in order to obtain a certified copy of the car accident report.
  • Insurance information needs to be exchanged with other motorists who were involved in the accident, and contact information for any witnesses to the car accident must be obtained as well.
  • Medical attention needs to be sought promptly.
  • An experienced NH car accident attorney needs to be contacted immediately.

Seeking immediate medical attention in the event of an accident should be the first priority; however, a victim should refrain from discussing the details of their case with insurance adjustors or investigators (with the exception of the police) until they have retained legal counsel who will represent their best interests. Insurance companies are aggressive, and they are not above pushing a victim to accept a less than fair settlement when it is in the insurance company’s best interests.

This is where the assistance of our professional and skilled lawyers can be invaluable. Our law firm is proud to maintain an extensive history of protecting the rights of injured clients. Our primary goal is to hold at fault parties responsible for their actions and to obtain fair compensation for our clients that is proportional to the physical and emotional injuries they have suffered. Your initial consultation is free. Please contact our lawyers today.