Sometimes, a car accident is truly an accident. However, more often than not, accidents are caused by a motorist’s negligence. This is especially true when it comes to New Hampshire drunk driving accidents. Getting behind the wheel after having too much to drink is a choice, a choice that – according to a recent report – many New Hampshire residents continue to make despite the known dangers involved with intoxicated driving.
According to a recent news article discussing the results of the report, New Hampshire ranks in the top third of states when it comes to the total number of drunk driving incidents. Specifically, the Granite State comes in 14th place, with more than 383 drunk driving arrests per 100,000 residents. This figure is almost 25 percent higher than the national average of 301 arrests per 100,000 people.
The report compared the number of DUI arrests in recent years with years prior, bringing to light some concerning statistics. For example, the rate of New Hampshire drunk driving arrests increased over three percent between the years of 2014 and 2018. In 2009, DUI arrests peaked, with over 400 arrests per 100,000 residents. However, all the way looking back to 2009, the rate of drunk driving arrests in New Hampshire decreased by 3.2 percent. While that may seem like a good thing, the national rate of drunk driving arrests decreased by 35 percent over that same period. Nearby Vermont was the only New England state that ranked above New Hampshire, with 418 drunk driving arrests per 100,000 people.
Recovering after a New Hampshire DUI Accident
While every car accident has the potential to result in serious injury or death, few accidents are more tragic than those involving drunk drivers. Unlike other types of accidents, every single drunk driving accident is preventable.
Those injured in a drunk driving accident can pursue a claim for compensation through a New Hampshire personal injury lawsuit. However, accident victims should not assume that the at-fault driver and that driver’s insurance company will willingly provide full and fair compensation for an accident victim’s injuries. Often, insurance companies will look for any reason to avoid liability, such as attempting to show that an accident victim was partially at fault for causing the accident. Those who have been injured in a DUI accident should consider reaching out to a dedicated New Hampshire car accident attorney for immediate assistance.
Have You Been Injured in a New Hampshire DUI Accident?
If you or someone you care about has recently been injured in a New Hampshire drunk driving accident, contact the law firm of Peter Thompson & Associates. At Peter Thompson & Associates, we have a knowledgeable team of personal injury attorneys waiting to speak with you to discuss your case. Our attorneys are known for aggressively representing accident victims, and helping them pursue full compensation for their injuries. And because we work on a contingency basis, we will not bill you for our representation unless we are able to help you recover for your injuries. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation with an experienced attorney at Peter Thompson & Associates, call 800-804-2004 today.