The Risk of Drunk Driver Crashes in New Hampshire
When motorists get behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol, they put other road users in danger. While law enforcement officers regularly step up their efforts to crack down on drunk drivers, those who drive impaired often go under the radar.
Those who have been injured in accidents cause by drunk driving may be eligible for compensation. An experienced New Hampshire auto accident attorney can help guide you through the process.
Drunk driving statistics
Someone dies as a result of a crash caused by a drunk driver every 48 minutes in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC also says that roughly one-third of all car accidents are the result of impaired driving.
While drunk driving fatalities have fallen by a third in the last three decades, drunk driving crashes still claim more than 10,000 lives a year.
The CDC has also reported that between 2003 and 2012, a total of 399 people were killed in drunk driving accidents in New Hampshire. Additionally, New Hampshire isn't too far from the national average of motorists who have reported getting behind the wheel while drunk.
What to do if you've been hit by a drunk driver
No matter how responsible you may be behind the wheel of an automobile, a drunk driver can change your world in an instant. If a drunk driver's negligence resulted in your traffic accident, you may suffer severe injuries that require months of physical therapy. You may be out of work and unable to collect a paycheck.
The most important step you should take after an accident with a drunk driver is seek immediate medical attention, even if you are not sure how serious your injuries might be. It's common for drunk driving crashes to cause injuries such as brain injuries and internal organ damage with delayed-onset symptoms; complications from your injury may not appear until days after the accident. An immediate medical evaluation is the best step to protect your health and your legal rights.
After you have undergone a thorough medical evaluation, you should speak to an experienced auto accident attorney who can help you maximize your compensation. If you have been hurt in an accident, you need to protect your rights and health. Contact Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin P.A. and find out how we can help you. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you don't owe us a dime unless we win your case.