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Pedestrian Accidents Are a Growing Problem in New Hampshire

November 18, 2021

Car accidents involving pedestrians often result in the most serious injuries and damages. A recent fatal New Hampshire pedestrian accident is shedding light on worrying crash statistics in the state. In 2020, 16 New Hampshire pedestrians suffered fatal injuries; 2021 has seen seven pedestrian deaths. While statewide traffic accident data involving vehicles and pedestrians is similar to the prior year, bicycle incidents are rising. There were 113 bicycle accidents in 2020, and as of July 2021, New Hampshire reported 77 bicycle accidents. Moreover, New Hampshire motor vehicle accidents are on the rise.

The New Hampshire State Police Captain reported that there had been a rise in fatal traffic accidents. While speed and driver impairment are often cited as reasons for these accidents, distracted driving seems to be the leading cause. A recent pedestrian accident highlights this harrowing issue. News sources reported that a part of Route 28 east shut down following a pedestrian accident. According to witnesses, a pedestrian attempted to cross a busy roadway to get to a gas station when a driver hit him. The accident occurred during inclement weather conditions. Emergency responders transported the man by helicopter to a trauma hospital. The driver remained at the scene of the accident and explained she was devastated by the incident. According to investigators, the area lacks a crosswalk, and the driver explained that she did not see the man until it was too late. The police captain explained that the roadway is difficult to cross in good weather conditions, and the dark and rainy weather only made conditions worse.

Unlike many other types of accidents where damages may be split amongst several drivers, pedestrians often take the brut of the damages. While drivers tend to be responsible for these accidents, various factors may contribute to the incident. For instance, a dangerous roadway, missing sign, or contributory negligence on the pedestrian’s part may increase the likelihood or severity of the accident. Pedestrians should consult with an attorney to discuss the best way to pursue a claim and recover compensation. An attorney can identify all responsible parties and apportion liability accordingly. After these accidents, victims may be entitled to damages for their medical expenses, ongoing medical costs, rehabilitation, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Have You Suffered Injuries in a New Hampshire Pedestrian Accident

If you or someone you know has been seriously hurt or died in a New Hampshire pedestrian accident, contact Peter Thompson & Associates. The law firm has been named “Best Personal Injury Lawyers” since 2017. We strive to consistently provide clients with excellent representation to ensure that they recover the maximum compensation they deserve. Our firm handles New Hampshire car accidents involving drunk drivers, aggressive driving, and other negligent conduct. In addition, we represent clients in New Hampshire with wrongful death claims, medical malpractice cases, premises liability lawsuits, and more. Contact our legal team at 800-804-2004 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced attorney at our office. Because we take cases on a contingency basis, we will not bill you for our legal services unless we can recover compensation on your behalf.