Personal vehicles such as cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles are efficient means of transportation for many New Mexico residents. Many people take to the roads each and every day to commute to work, take their kids to school, and visit businesses and stores where they buy the things they need to live. While most drivers take care to follow the rules of the road and to protect themselves and others from dangerous car accidents, others disregard both common sense and the law when they decide to operate motor vehicles.
One of the more common injuries to victims of a motor vehicle accident is a brain injury. In fact, each year, there are about 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries in the United States, including victims in and near the Bernalillo, New Mexico, area. The brain is one of the most important organs in the human body, and any injury to it could lead to serious disabilities.
New Mexicans want what is best for their children. But, even though we may think we are doing everything necessary to assure a child's safety, there are times when we are misinformed. And, according to a recent report by the Journal of Pediatrics, such oversights lead to thousands of childhood deaths in auto accidents every year.
Tragedy recently struck a family when a Freightliner utility truck blew a tire and veered into oncoming traffic, and crashed into an SUV. A family of four in the SUV, mother, father and two children aged four and two, were all killed, as well as the driver of the truck. While upon first glance, this might appear to just be an innocent accident, delving further into the matter may show that drunk driving may have played a role in the crash.
Many people in New Mexico understand that driving can be a dangerous activity. After all, motor vehicles are large, very heavy objects travelling at high speeds. Due to the laws of physics, when these objects attempt to occupy the same space at the same time, the forces that are created are substantial. When these forces are applied to the human body, the result is often serious injury.
Drunk driving has gotten a lot of attention over the last 30 years or so. Since at least the 1980's, there has been a push to educate people about the dangers of driving while intoxicated, as well as to stiffen penalties for doing so. Things have improved, but many people would argue we still need to do more. While, in general, the number of people driving drunk appears to have dropped statistically, there are still families that are torn apart every day by these preventable accidents.
Education has not been powerful enough to stop driving behaviors leading to car accidents such as texting and driving, impaired and drowsy driving and aggressive driving, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety's Culture Index. In 2016, the AAA, for the ninth straight year, surveyed a sampling of drivers who drove at least once within the 30 days before they completed the survey. These drivers reportedly reflected the makeup of the national population.
A young mother of four and resident of New Mexico was on her way back from working her shift when tragedy struck. Drunk driving accidents are reported to cause 1 or 3 deaths on roads across the nation - this woman's early death looks to be another tragedy related to this statistic.
It's the phone call that gives people the shivers. One call can irreparably change the life of a loved one and the lives of everyone around that person. When you or a loved one receives a call that there has been a terrible accident, it can be shocking and life-altering. Many accidents, like car crashes, could have been avoided had another driver operated their vehicle with more care for themselves and others around them.
Disaster struck a New Mexico neighborhood last week when a surprising and uncharacteristic car accident left a family forever changed. Not all car accidents are due to a negligent driver. Some are due to reckless drivers who operate a vehicle with a disregard for their safety or the safety of others around them. In this scenario, the police are seeking the location of the two suspects who fled the scene of the accident just after the car crash occurred.