Car accidents have caused injuries and fatalities to several Bernalillo County residents in the last few decades. There are various causes of car accidents. Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents. Distracted driving can include driving while texting, driving under the influence, driving while talking on the phone and even driving while intoxicated. Additionally, driver fatigue can become a large contributing factor in car accidents, which can result in serious injuries and fatalities.
Car accidents are way too common in the United States. Many residents of New Mexico would agree that despite serious efforts by law enforcement officials, a large number of car accidents still occur. Many of those accidents are caused by drunk or negligent driving, disobeying traffic rules and speeding. Accidents not only cause death, but also serious injuries and, at times, permanent disability.
In New Mexico, automobile accidents sometimes occur due to a negligent driver or an overconfident driver's incautiousness. Motorists sometimes text while driving, operate a motor vehicle when drunk, drive under the influence of drugs or drive without proper training.
In New Mexico, automobile drivers are required by law to have at least a minimum amount of automobile insurance. This auto liability insurance is required in order to pay for any liability that arises out of car accidents where the driver who causes the accident is required to pay damages to another party.
Driving after dark always requires extra caution because it poses a greater risk to even experienced drivers. Albuquerque, New Mexico, road conditions may not be easy to gauge at night, and there is always the possibility of being blinded by the headlights of an oncoming vehicle. Victims of a crash at night on poorly lit roads are in greater peril because the crash may not be discovered until after dawn. Some drivers rarely venture out after dark unless absolutely necessary, especially in more rural areas.
In New Mexico each year, scores of people are killed by drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Fortunately, a new and better trend may be developing. In 2013, the number of DUI-related deaths dropped by 14 percent compared with DUI-related deaths the year before.