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.
New Mexico residents have likely heard the saying that someone needs to learn something "the hard way." Well, according to a recent report, that saying apparently applies to millions of Americans when it comes to distracted driving, particularly using a cellphone while driving.
By now, many of our readers in New Mexico are well aware of the danger of distracted driving. As sad as it is to think about, there were probably hundreds of people injured in car accidents in America over the recent holiday season due to the negligent and reckless actions of distracted drivers - some likely only minor, but almost certainly some were serious. Just how deadly is the impact of distracted driving in America?
It is an unfortunate reality that, each year, thousands of car accidents occur in New Mexico. Hundreds of thousands more occur throughout the country. For as much as car companies are designing new safety features to protect drivers and passengers, nowadays there are more distractions that are causing car accidents, regardless of safety features. The distraction of cellphones, in particular, is turning back years of progress and leading to more car accidents than we have seen in previous years.
When Albuquerque residents think of motor vehicle accidents, they probably envision those that involve two cars or a car and a truck. But, car accidents can take many forms and involve a variety of different vehicles, bicycles and even pedestrians. Those who are without the protections afforded by a motor vehicle, like a car or truck, which might include air bags and structural designs, are often at an increased risk of being injured or killed in one of these crashes. This means that the physical, emotional and financial damages thrust upon them can be crippling.
A recent accident has rocked the Albuquerque area. If you've been following the news at all, then you've probably heard about the wreck involving a semi-truck and a Greyhound bus that left eight people dead and more than 30 people injured. Reports indicate that the wreck occurred when one of the semi-truck's tires blew out, causing it to swerve across the median and into oncoming traffic. It was at that time that the semi-truck smashed into the bus.
If you live in Albuquerque, then you know that its warm weather can make it ideal for year-round bicycling. Cyclists can be seen on just about any roadway and at any time of day. Motorists are expected to share the road with these bicyclists, but too often this doesn't happen. The results are often nothing short of tragic.
A car accident can be a life-changing event. Not only can it leave you with significant property damage because of the harm caused to your vehicle, but you may also be left with serious injuries that are painful, stressful and overwhelming. Although your physical pain may be front and center in your mind in the aftermath of a car crash, there are other damages that can significantly affect your well-being.
Those who are injured in a car accident can suffer extensive harm in various forms. Most obviously, these victims are oftentimes subjected to serious physical injuries that leave them suffering in a lot of pain. However, typically when people talk about lawsuits they refer to economic damages such as medical expenses and lost wages. Yet, noneconomic damages can play just as important of a role in one's recovery if he or she can put forth sufficient evidence.
Unexpectedly losing a loved one is nothing short of traumatic. When that death involves a child who never had a chance to live the full life he or she deserved, surviving family members can be utterly devastated. At a time when these families are struggling to cope with the emotional damage that has been dealt to them, they oftentimes don't want to think about the legal action and the logistics involved. However, qualified legal professionals can help with this process in hopes of ensuring that accountability is found, justice is obtained, and compensation is recovered.