NH Sees 2nd Largest Drop in Fatal Crashes Involving Teen Drivers
A New Hampshire car accident lawyer looks at the reasons why
Some car accidents involve teen drivers. But there is good news for New Hampshire. According to an analysis conducted by ValuePenguin, the annual number of fatal crashes involving teen drivers dropped by 53% in the state between 2010 and 2019. That’s the 2nd largest drop in the nation during that period – just behind Maine at 54%.
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reports System (FARS) was used in ValuePenguin’s analysis.
How do fatal crashes happen?
There are many different causes of fatal car crashes. One is driving while distracted by texting, using the phone, setting a GPS, or talking to passengers. Another is speeding or operating recklessly. Some drivers in fatal accidents were under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Others were fatigued and falling asleep at the wheel.
While it’s unknown what exactly led to the drop in fatal crashes involving teen drivers in New Hampshire, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) notes that parents play a big role in helping young people become responsible drivers.
The agency recommends that parents establish ground rules for teen drivers, talking to teens about the dangers of drug and alcohol use and reminding them of the laws against driving under the influence. NHTSA also notes that parents can be good role models by practicing good driving behaviors and pointing out bad habits.
Losing a loved one in a car accident can have a devasting impact on family members. Many times they are left with bills for final medical expenses and the cost of burial. There is also a loss of income if a loved one was a financial provider. Family members often want to hold the negligent driver accountable but aren’t sure how to go about it.
Recovering compensation can be complicated
One problem is that negligent drivers often deny doing anything wrong. They may not want to get into trouble or are concerned about their insurance rates going up. That leaves families in the position of having to prove negligence.
Insurance companies aren’t much help, as they are focused on maximizing profits. They have lawyers to help them find ways of justifying paying families less than they deserve.
That’s why it’s important to have experienced legal representation if you lost a loved one in a fatal car accident. At Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin, P.A., the attorneys from our law firm have been fighting for clients in Dover, Portsmouth and throughout the state since our firm’s founding in 1870. We know how to build strong cases that insurance companies have to take seriously.
Our legal team investigates your loved one’s accident to get the facts. We determine the total damages you suffered and reject the insurance company's attempts to pay you less. Our lawyers know how to get results, whether through a negotiated settlement or a jury verdict.
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