While some may choose to stay home and enjoy the upcoming holidays under their own roofs, a number of people will take to the roads to visit with friends and family members who live great distances from their own homes.
Collisions between vehicles on New Mexico roads happen when drivers fail to pay attention to what they are doing and make dangerous misjudgments about how to handle their cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles. Accidents can happen when drivers plow through red lights and stop signs, fail to yield to oncoming traffic, make dangerous passes on freeways and from a myriad of other preventable causes. When accidents happen it is not uncommon for victims to suffer injuries, and injuries to victims' necks can be some of the most common types of harm suffered.
Most New Mexico drivers have experienced near-misses and other close calls when they have been out on local roads and highways. All it takes is a moment for drivers to miss a stop sign, fail to yield, or take their eyes away from that which is in front of them to cause a dangerous car accident. While vigilance and safe driving practices allow most drivers to avoid the collisions and crashes that threaten their safety when other motorists act irresponsibly, some careful motorists are nonetheless harmed when their vehicles are hit by others.
Vehicle crashes generally happen when a driver fails to operate his or her automobile safely and causes the vehicle to collide with one or more other cars, trucks or vans. Auto accidents of this nature happen every day on New Mexico roads and the victims of these incidents usually find themselves facing numerous challenges to getting their lives back on track. Between remedying their accident-related injuries, taking time off of work and getting their vehicles repaired they may find that they have bills piling up that they cannot pay.
Personal vehicles such as cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles are efficient means of transportation for many New Mexico residents. Many people take to the roads each and every day to commute to work, take their kids to school, and visit businesses and stores where they buy the things they need to live. While most drivers take care to follow the rules of the road and to protect themselves and others from dangerous car accidents, others disregard both common sense and the law when they decide to operate motor vehicles.
One of the more common injuries to victims of a motor vehicle accident is a brain injury. In fact, each year, there are about 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries in the United States, including victims in and near the Bernalillo, New Mexico, area. The brain is one of the most important organs in the human body, and any injury to it could lead to serious disabilities.
New Mexicans want what is best for their children. But, even though we may think we are doing everything necessary to assure a child's safety, there are times when we are misinformed. And, according to a recent report by the Journal of Pediatrics, such oversights lead to thousands of childhood deaths in auto accidents every year.
Tragedy recently struck a family when a Freightliner utility truck blew a tire and veered into oncoming traffic, and crashed into an SUV. A family of four in the SUV, mother, father and two children aged four and two, were all killed, as well as the driver of the truck. While upon first glance, this might appear to just be an innocent accident, delving further into the matter may show that drunk driving may have played a role in the crash.
Many people in New Mexico understand that driving can be a dangerous activity. After all, motor vehicles are large, very heavy objects travelling at high speeds. Due to the laws of physics, when these objects attempt to occupy the same space at the same time, the forces that are created are substantial. When these forces are applied to the human body, the result is often serious injury.
Drunk driving has gotten a lot of attention over the last 30 years or so. Since at least the 1980's, there has been a push to educate people about the dangers of driving while intoxicated, as well as to stiffen penalties for doing so. Things have improved, but many people would argue we still need to do more. While, in general, the number of people driving drunk appears to have dropped statistically, there are still families that are torn apart every day by these preventable accidents.