There are many dangers on the road in New Mexico from drivers who are under the influence, distracted or are otherwise negligent. Another risk is when people decide to drag race. Often, they involve those who are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. With a collision, there can be serious injury and death. For people who have been affected by an auto accident of this kind, having legal advice is necessary.
Police alleged that a 16-year-old girl, who was accused of driving while under the influence of drugs, slammed into vehicles that were stopped on a highway in the southern part of New Mexico. The ensuing pileup left one woman who had stopped to help the occupants of a stalled vehicle dead. The woman was 51 years old and worked in an administrative position at a medical center.
Like most of the other states in the country, New Mexico has a law that prohibits drivers from texting and driving. New Mexico's law is fairly broad and applies to every motorist, not just to inexperienced drivers. Moreover, unlike the provisions of some other states, the law specifically prohibits texting and driving, even when a motorist is stopped temporarily on the road, such as at a traffic light. If a person wants to read a text or send one, then they must pull off the road to do so legally.
New Mexico State Police arrested a man following a pedestrian accident that claimed the life of an 85-year-old. Police allege that the driver was under the influence of marijuana and prescription medications at the time of the deadly car accident. In addition to an aggravated DWI, the man is also is charged with leaving the scene of the accident.
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.