In New Mexico and across the nation, it is a natural concern that teen drivers will put other drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians at risk. This is understandable. Simply being new will cause potential hazards. When adding risky behaviors into the mix, the danger is made exponentially worse. Studies are frequently conducted to assess why teens might cause an auto accident. A recent research project from WalletHub listed the best and worst states for teen drivers and New Mexico came in among the 10 worst. After a crash, this can be a key factor when seeking compensation.
While many New Mexico teens welcome the summer months as time to relax and take time off from studying, police officers consider this time important for another reason. The 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are known as the 100 deadliest days for traffic crashes. This time is especially dangerous for teen drivers.
After a car accident takes place, victims often decide to hold the negligent driver who caused the car crash accountable for their behavior. One way they do this is by pursuing a personal injury lawsuit against the other driver. This can often result in an accident investigation and collection of evidence in the form of depositions and interrogatories.
Not every accident that happens is the fault of one driver. Often, a number of factors combine together to cause a crash and, at times, both drivers involved are responsible for causing the accident. The question then arises: what happens if the accident victim is also at fault?
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.