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How does alcohol affect a driver's ability to drive?

Responsible adults who choose to drink alcohol may know that it is incredibly dangerous to drink and drive. Driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol can pose many risks to the health and safety of a New Mexico resident, as well as all of the other individuals that they encounter while out on the road. To avoid these hazards, individuals can get rides, call cabs, assign designated drivers and take other proactive steps to avoid drunk driving.

Drinking and driving is dangerous because alcohol has an immediate and significant impact on the human body. When a person's blood alcohol concentration reaches .02% they may begin to feel warmth, more relaxed and even less able to make sound judgments about what they are experiencing. The more a person drinks, the more detrimental effects they may experience.

Common injuries from bicycle accidents

Bicycles can be a healthy mode of transportation but offer little protection to their riders when they are involved in crashes with cars. New Mexico victims of bicycle accidents can suffer a range of serious and traumatic injuries that can threaten their lives. While this post offers a discussion of some of the most common types of injuries that bicycle accident victims can suffer, it does not provide its readers with any medical or legal advice.

Head injuries are one of the most common types of harm that bicycle accident victims suffer. Even when bicyclists wear protective gear like helmets head injuries can result. Traumatic brain injuries can have lasting effects on their victims, and skull fractures, bleeding, and other damage is possible.

How common are birth injuries in the U.S.?

The impending birth of a little one is a joyous event that is well anticipated for. And while mothers-to-be are made aware of the complications that could occur during pregnancy, labor and delivery, many do not believe any harm would ever be caused to them or their little one. Unfortunately, birth injuries occur in New Mexico and elsewhere, and it is not just the newborns that suffer these harms, as mothers could suffer harm based on medical negligence as well.

How common are birth injuries in the U.S.? Based on current data, the rate of both birth injuries and infant mortality in the United Stated is much more higher than most realize. A recent study found that the rate of birth injuries have risen by 75% since the early 2000s. It was also noted that roughly 8 out of every 1,000 infants receive an injury while being delivered. Furthermore, it was discovered that the rate of post-delivery complications have risen by 50% in the same timeframe.

Helping you take action following a birth injury

When parents in New Mexico prepare to bring a little one into this world, they are likely thinking very happy thoughts. It is a joyous time, and parents are focused on their excitement and what life will be like when their new baby arrives. Most parents do not think about anything going wrong or encountering complications. Nonetheless, this is a possible occurrence.

Unfortunately, some complications and medical problems occurring during labor and delivery could be based on medical negligence. When a doctor or medical professional fails to uphold their duties to a patient, this could result in a serious birth injury.

Understanding the dangers of drowsy driving

It is not rare to feel tired at any point of the day. Maybe you didn't get much sleep, and you are waking up very fatigued. Others might have a packed day, enhancing his or her exhaustion. For others, tiredness sets in when they are up late finishing up their busy schedule. No matter the reason for feeling tired, the reality is that when a person is tired, they should not be operating a motor vehicle.

Drowsy driving often gets overlooked because residents in New Mexico and elsewhere often feel the feeling of tiredness. However, a fatigued driving can be just as dangerous as a drunk driving, making it vital to explore this possibility in the event of a car accident.

What types of nursing homes have an increased risk of neglect?

Placing a loved one in a nursing home is not an easy step to take, but it is a decision that more and more residents in New Mexico and elsewhere are faced with. As the average life expectancy continues to increase, the reality is that many elderly people are unable to care for themselves in their old age. While some family members are able to take this task on, many are moved into a nursing home facility to obtain the care that they require on a daily basis.

While a nursing home facility can be a very safe environment for residents, providing them with timely and quality care, the unfortunate reality is that some nursing homes present concerns of abuse and neglect. What types of nursing homes have an increased risk of neglect?

Albuquerque Teen killed in hit-and-run

There are areas that are considered more dangerous than others for motorists and other travelers. For example, an interstate has a higher risk for accidents during rush hour traffic than it does in the late night hours. Additionally, certain factors could lead to a serious or fatal automobile crash. This includes, but is not limited to, distracted driving, intoxicated driving, speeding, failing to signal a turn and inclement weather. Following an accident, it is important to understand the cause, as this can help pinpoint the cause and liability of the crash.

The investigative process is of growing importance for a recent fatal hit-and-run crash in Albuquerque. According to recent reports, a family is seeking the assistance of the public in their search for the driver that struck and killed their 15-year-old son. Reports indicated that their son was hit by a pickup truck near the Cottonwood Mall.

Declining rate in fatal motorcycle crashes

Because many residents and visitors in New Mexico like to enjoy a motorcycle ride, there are many initiatives that highlight the importance of driving cautiously around motorcyclist. While these campaigns often asked motorists to check twice for motorcyclists, this does not always prevent motorcycle crashes from occurring. Each year, thousands of motorcyclists suffer serious and fatal injuries following a wreck caused by a negligent motorist.

Based on statistics from 2018, fatal motorcycle accidents have shown a declining trend. This is based on the fact that roughly 5,000 individuals were killed in motorcycle collisions in 2017, which is almost 300 less than the number killed in 2016. This data indicates that there was a 5.6% decrease, and it is projected that this decrease is to continue.

Helping you navigate a legal action following a bike accident

While we hate to admit it, summer will soon come to a close. However, in New Mexico, this does not mean that one has to say good-bye to most summer time activities for much of the year. Riding a bicycle is not only a great form of exercise and an environmentally conscious way to get around; it is a form of transportation that is frequently used by residents to get to and from their destinations.

Thus, motorists are often sharing the roadway with bicyclists. While drivers should take note of bikers and drive with caution around one, this does not only occur. And when a driver is negligent, this could result in a serious and even fatal bicycle crash.

Study finds that eyes are the key to distracted driving

We all experience a time where life gets busy. And in order to manage a full schedule, we attempt to cram as much as we can in one day, multitasking when we can. Unfortunately, multitasking has become second nature for many motorists in New Mexico, even when a hectic schedule isn't driving this conduct. Advancements in technology tend to create distractions in motor vehicles, causing a driver to take his or her eyes off of the road.

The dangers of distracted driving are well known; however motorists across the nation still partake in this risky behavior. According to a current study, it was found that the major cause of distracted driving is the eyes, not the brain. In other words, the greatest risk occurs when a driver's eyes are not on the road rather than their brain on the primary task of driving.

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