In the wake of a fatal crash involving a tractor trailer and a vehicle on Monday morning, the New Hampshire Commissioner of Safety released a statement that accidents resulting in deaths had increased this year.
According to The Union Leader, the Granite State has seen 71 deadly accidents so far this year. The number over the comparable period in 2011 was only 54.
Monday's collision occurred just after 10:30 a.m. on Route 111 outside of Salem and resulted in the closure of the road for much of the day. Local police said that a woman driving a Mazda had crossed over the double yellow lines and into oncoming traffic. Her car struck an 18-wheeler head on and proceeded to roll over and off the road. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have yet to release the results of their investigation into the incident.
It is just one in a string of horrendous accidents that has occurred in 2012.
The director of the division of state police, Col. Robert Quinn, said, "We have no immediate explanation of why fatalities are up while the number of crashes and injuries are down, but there is no mystery about the causes of serious crashes: speed, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, aggressive driving and driver inattention."
In his statement, Quinn cautioned drivers across the state and endeavored to remind them of key laws meant to improve safety on the road, such as the ban on texting while driving and the requirement that every driver wear a seat belt.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash in the Granite State, a New Hampshire personal injury attorney can assist you with filing a claim for damages and argue your case in court should it be denied.