If people across the country have one thing in common, it is that most of them get behind the wheel of a car at least once a day. Whether the motorist is driving to work, dropping the kids off at school or picking up groceries from the corner market, driving is a behavior millions engage in daily. Therefore, it may come as a surprise to most that it is also one of the most dangerous activities people willingly engage in. Thousands of people are injured or die in fatal car accidents every day.
It is not possible to quantify the loss that family members experience when they lose someone in an accident. It can be frustrating, trying to understand what prompted another driver to act irrationally and put the lives of everyone else at risk. While there can never be a satisfying answer to that question, it might be possible to hold a negligent driver accountable for their behavior through a civil lawsuit.
Distracted Driving Awareness month is the best time to point out the fact that distracted driving is still responsible for hundreds of deaths and hundreds of thousands of injuries across the country annually. In 2016 alone, approximately 3,500 people died and 391,000 were seriously injured in car accidents involving distracted drivers, according to researchers. While there are a number of distractions that take a driver's eyes off the road, the most common these days is texting and driving.
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.