This blog has from time to time referred to non-economic damages like pain and suffering.
An accident in another part of New Mexico left a school bus resting on its side after the driver of a passenger car stuck the bus. Police recently issued a citation to the woman who hit the bus, accusing her of careless driving. Police made it clear that the woman was not going to be placed under arrest.
As many residents of the greater Bernalillo and other parts of the greater Albuquerque area may have noticed, there is ongoing push to warn drivers about the dangers of texting and driving and other forms of distracted driving. Unfortunately, at least according to one recent report, it seems that these warnings are largely falling on deaf ears.
Since about three decades ago, the number of drivers in their teens has been heading down fairly steadily. In the 1980s, well over half of all 17-year-olds had a license to drive a car, while over 40 percent of 16-year-olds also had a license to drive. Now, that number is down to around 50 percent and under 30 percent, respectively.
While the legal limit in New Mexico appears for the time being to be set at .08 blood alcohol content, there is some movement to reduce the common .08 limit to .05. In fact, a state that borders New Mexico will do just that in the upcoming days.
An Albuquerque judge sentenced a young woman to jail for about three months for her role in a pedestrian accident that left a once athletic woman effectively paralyzed and without one of her legs. The accident happened while the victim was out walking her dog. The victim was on the sidewalk, but the young woman went off the road in her vehicle and slammed into the woman, dragging her a few feet before coming to a stop. The woman had the lower part of one of her legs severed in the car accident, and she also seems to have experienced some sort of nerve damage as well.
A previous post on this blog talked about a tragic accident that left two high school students from another part of New Mexico seriously injured. Police indicated that alcohol was likely a factor in the accident, and they also said that they thought some of the teens involved may have been served alcohol at a family's home even though they were obviously underage.
Two high school students were injured in an accident in Sunland Park, New Mexico. Police are blaming the crash on drunk driving. An investigation is ongoing as to the underage drivers involved in the accident were served alcohol at a house party.
Thanksgiving weekend is commonly known as one of the busiest travel weekends of the year in New Mexico and across the nation. Many people find that traveling to visit relatives and friends is an important Thanksgiving tradition. However, because the Thanksgiving holiday season is relatively short when compared to the Christmas season, people must confine their travels to just a few days out of the year.
Like most other states, New Mexico has laws that are designed to prevent distracted driving, specifically distracted driving caused by cellphones. Specifically, New Mexico prohibits so-called texting and driving. For purposes of the law, texting also includes checking one's email and just about any Internet use on one's smartphone while driving. It does not, however, prohibit making a traditional phone call.