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Deadly collision occurs after semi-truck crosses center median

Many of our readers are used to seeing occasionally on the roadways, but accidents that involve semi-trucks can be quite different from accidents in which only passenger vehicles are involved. Accidents involving semi-trucks can cause devastating consequences, including fatalities. That was, unfortunately, the result in a recent collision in New Mexico.

According to reports, the collision occurred on March 24 in the southwestern part of the state, near Lordsburg, at approximately 3:30 pm. The reports indicate that a semi-truck crossed the center median of Interstate 10, slamming into a pickup truck and then another semi-truck head-on. Both drivers of the semi-trucks were killed in the collision, as were a man and a woman in the pickup truck. A young girl in the pickup truck, a 13-year-old, suffered severe injuries, according to the reports. In all, this was a devastating incident for all involved.

A spinal cord injury could change your life

Most healthy people can't even imagine suffering a life-altering injury that will change their ability to complete day-to-day tasks. But, unfortunately, these types of serious injuries happen with frightening frequency in New Mexico and throughout the country. Car accidents, in particular, are the cause of millions of devastating injuries each year in America. One type of injury that can be particularly difficult to overcome is a spinal cord injury.

A person who suffers a spinal cord injury may experience life changes that are permanent. Obviously, the greatest fear when a person suffers a spinal cord injury is that the person will become paralyzed in certain areas of their body, oftentimes from the waist down or neck down. Losing the body's ability to function can leave an accident victim facing a new reality.

Help your children understand these school bus stop safety tips

Every morning, you send your children off to the bus stop. And every afternoon, you wait for your children to get off the bus and come home. While this is a daily routine for millions of children, it doesn't mean it's always safe.

School bus stop accidents occur throughout the country every year, some of which result in serious injury or even death.

Serious injuries could leave an innocent victim in a coma

Common injury jargon from years past includes terms such as getting "knocked out" or a victim getting his "bell rung." However, as our readers may know, these terms are actually referring to potentially serious injuries, which can occur in sports events, worksite incidents and, probably most commonly of all, car accidents. Invariably, these terms refer to injuries to a person's head or brain.

The fact is that serious injuries can have serious consequences for a person's short-term and long-term health. The most serious head or brain injuries could leave a New Mexico resident in a coma, with no way for medical professionals to tell when the victim may regain consciousness.

Driver may have failed to yield in car accident

Despite advances in safety technology and public awareness campaigns designed to help drivers understand that their sole attention behind the wheel should be on the task of driving, too many fatal accidents still occur in New Mexico and throughout the country. Each one of these accidents can change the course of life for an entire family.

A tragic fatal collision in New Mexico was a recent example of how many different lives can be impacted by an accident. According to the reports, the incident occurred on the morning of February 22. The reports indicate that a 34-year-old man was driving his son, age 9, to school that morning in his Toyota Scion when another driver in a Lexus SUV made a left-hand turn in front of him. The man slammed into the SUV, which was being driven by a woman who had her daughter with her in the vehicle as well.

Pursuing compensation in a wrongful death case

It can be hard for any New Mexico resident to imagine the scenario where they find out that a loved one has died in a tragic accident. It can be even harder still to learn that the cause of the accident was actually another person's negligence or recklessness. Reconciling the event and moving forward with life can seem like an insurmountable obstacle.

However, those who find themselves in this tragic position may be able to pursue financial compensation in a wrongful death case. While financial compensation will, by no means, replace the lost loved one, such compensation can be used to help the healing process for the family members who are left behind.

NMDOT issues tips for driving in winter weather

When most people think about New Mexico, winter weather is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. But, as our readers in the state know, the Southeast has been getting its fair share of snow and other winter weather lately, which is causing some to worry about the driving habits of New Mexico residents.

In fact, the New Mexico Department of Transportation has issued some driving tips for those who are venturing out in winter weather, in hopes that car accidents will be avoided. As a recent report outlined, NMDOT advised drivers to be aware of the weather conditions in their area. Snow and freezing rain, for example, can limit a driver's visibility and cause road surfaces to become slippery.

Injuries to children can have a significant emotional impact

New Mexico residents don't like to see anyone suffer injuries, but seeing a child suffer injuries can sometimes be more difficult than injuries to adults. Sure, an injured adult also needs to focus on regaining physical health and will likely never forget such a potentially life-altering incident, but, when children suffer injuries, their development will probably be greatly impacted. And, the emotional impact of the injury cannot be understated.

Take, for example, a child who is injured while at school. Perhaps the injury occurred because of a dangerous property condition at the school, or, even worse, maybe because of a bully or abusive teacher. School is supposed to be a safe place for children, a place where they can focus on learning and developing interpersonal skills with other children and adults as well. Suffering an injury in this environment can make a child view the school premises less as a safe place, and more as a potentially dangerous environment.

When your landlord won't repair dangerous conditions

Your landlord is busy. He's not always thrilled to get that call saying that the AC isn't working or there's a problem with the stove. It's a lot of work to keep coming over and making repairs.

As a result, he usually lets things pile up for a while. It takes repeated calls before you finally get a response. It's frustrating and you start to wonder if it's best off to look for a new place to live.

Is the saying "speed kills" really true in car accidents?

Our readers in New Mexico have probably heard the saying "speed kills." And, unfortunately, based on statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the saying is based in truth. The NHTSA statistics show that in 2017 alone, approximately 26 percent of all traffic fatalities in America were attributed to speeding. A whopping 9,700 people died that year due to speeding.

Most people are probably guilty of being a little heavy-footed behind the wheel from time to time. Fortunately, most of us are still able to return home safely each night. But, the reality is that many people are killed or seriously injured in car accidents that involve speeding.

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