Las Cruces Legal Blog

Effects of prescription drugs on driving

Drivers in New Mexico who are taking medication prescribed by their doctors need to be aware of the side effects of these substances and the consequences of driving under their influence. While most know not to drive after drinking, studies have shown that nearly not as many realize the negative reactions that prescription drugs can produce. This can result in an increase of accidents on the road as well as stiff penalties for the driver.

According to Science Daily, a recent study showed that many who are taking prescription drugs are not aware of their involvement in impaired driving, even when given warnings by their physicians or pharmacists. This report has shown researchers that more needs to be done to inform patients of the effects of medication use and driving. Some say that warnings are not enough and that tougher penalties need to be doled out.

How eating while driving leads to car and truck accidents

If you are busy between dropping your kids off from school and going to work, you might be thinking about grabbing a quick bite at a nearby fast-food restaurant. It is quick, cheap and small enough where you can snack while driving. It saves time and it's not against the law to do so, so what's the downside?

Many drivers fail to realize that eating while driving is a form of distracted driving. Whenever the term is thrown around, people tend to think about texting while driving as it is often discussed and has laws in the state against it. Since there are no laws against eating while driving, many do not feel pressured to avoid it. However, eating behind the wheel can be just as distracting as texting. Whether you have been guilty of this or not, it is crucial to know how eating can impair one's driving so your family is aware of the dangers.

Car accidents can result in delayed symptoms

If you are in a car accident in New Mexico, it can be a stressful situation. Even with minor wrecks, you have to deal with exchanging information with the other driver, making a police report, scheduling repairs and possibly missing work. Especially if it was a fender bender, you may not notice any pain or other symptoms after the accident. However, it is not unusual for symptoms to start showing up hours or even days after the crash, and it is important to get the proper care so it does not turn into something more serious.

According to KTAR News, the following are common symptoms that may not show up until later:

  • Neck pain and stiffness - whiplash is extremely common in accidents involving slower speeds, and these are typical signs
  • Headaches - these can be indicative of a minor neck injury or major brain issues
  • Numbness - often in hands and arms
  • Back pain - lower back pain is common
  • Personality changes - impaired memory, movement or thinking may indicate a traumatic brain injury
  • Pain or swelling of the abdomen - may indicate internal bleeding, which can be life threatening

Who is responsible for trampoline injuries?

Kids love bouncing on trampolines. They find it thrilling as a trampoline propels them high into the air, and allows them to perform flips and stunts they might not be able to do otherwise. The increasing popularity of trampoline parks and trampolines at homes certainly suggest that kids, and even kids-at-heart, love jumping on trampolines too.

Unfortunately, this increase in popularity also means more potential for injury. The American Academy of Pediatrics stated trampoline injuries cause nearly 100,000 trips to the emergency room each year in the U.S. The academy is so concerned about trampoline injuries that it does not recommend that children use trampolines at all.

What are some signs of elder abuse?

If you have a loved one in New Mexico who is considered to be an elder, it can be hard to watch them get old. Unfortunately, this generation is also at higher risk of being taken advantage of. There are many different types of elder abuse, and it can occur in their own homes, assisted living centers, nursing homes and other institutions. In order to prevent it or stop it from happening, make sure you know the risks and signs.

The Centers for Disease Control discusses the different forms of elder abuse. These include:

  • Psychological or emotional
  • Sexual
  • Physical
  • Financial 
  • Neglect

Fog and the risk of a car accident

From driver fatigue to intoxication, there are countless reasons why motor vehicle wrecks occur. However, some are caused by factors that are out of human control, such as fog and other examples of poor weather. Whether you are worried about the risk of a crash while driving during a foggy morning or you have already been involved in a collision caused by poor visibility, it is essential to keep these risks in mind. Sadly, some reckless drivers do not and they endanger other lives by ignoring common sense traffic laws and driving erratically.

Fog can make it very hard or even impossible for a driver to see in front of them, which can be especially dangerous when people are driving around turns or over a steep incline. Moreover, fog can be very problematic when roads are busy due to people driving to work in the morning, some of whom may be in a rush and not paying as much attention to the road as they should be. When a driver is unable to see the road because it is foggy, they might veer into oncoming traffic or they could be driving too fast and collide with a vehicle in front of them.

Moving forward after a head-on crash

Any type of accident on the road can be tough, but some crashes are especially devastating. For example, a head-on accident is especially likely to result in a serious injury or the loss of someone's life. If you were involved in a head-on collision, it is important to do all you can to piece your life back together. Moreover, drivers should be aware of some of the common reasons why head-on wrecks take place and do what they can to avoid a crash in the future.

Every car accident is unique, but many head-on crashes take place when a vehicle veers over the center line and collides with oncoming traffic. This happens for all sorts of reasons, whether a driver who is extremely tired dozes off behind the wheel or fails to stay in their lane because they are intoxicated. Head-on crashes sometimes happen around quick turns, where a driver may cross over onto the wrong side of the road and someone driving on that side does not have much time to react and avoid the collision.

How to prevent fatigue in truck drivers

All drivers in New Mexico are at higher risk of being involved in a crash when they are overtired. Truck drivers are especially vulnerable because they drive long and irregular hours. Because crashes involving drowsiness are typically quite serious, drivers should take a number of steps to fight this fatigue and prevent accidents.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration discusses some of the risks related to fatigue-caused crashes. Loss of sleep is an obvious factor in those who are fatigued while driving. For truck drivers, driving patterns play a big role. This is because truckers tend to drive long hours without taking any type of a break, and they do this day after day. In order to meet deadlines, some drivers also drive in the middle of the night, and the hours between 12 and 6 AM are especially risky. Drivers who seem particularly susceptible to fatigue may want to get tested for sleep disorders such as narcolepsy and sleep apnea, as there are treatments to help mitigate these conditions.

Pool owners need to protect others and themselves

If you are a pool owner in New Mexico, you have a big responsibility. Summer presents many opportunities for fun parties and get-togethers, and you need to take every possible measure to prevent drowning and other injuries in and around the pool.

FindLaw discusses some of the liabilities homeowners face when they have a pool on their property. Many owners may be aware they are liable when present on the property, but they are also liable if someone gains access to the pool when they are not home. Children, especially, are drawn to the concept legally known as attractive nuisance. This refers to something dangerous that is attractive to other parties. Because of this, homeowners need to make it nearly impossible for someone to gain entrance to the pool from the outside.

Jobs that pose the highest risk of death

Depending on the industry in which they work, employees in New Mexico may be risking their life every day. Certain jobs are found to consistently be dangerous, resulting in serious injury and even death. Workers and employers in these working environments need to take extra precautions to make sure safety protocols are being followed in order to prevent fatalities.

According to Portside, logging is the most dangerous occupation in the country, resulting in a high rate of fatalities compared to other jobs. Employees who work in the fishing industry are also at a high risk for fatal and serious harm. The next two most dangerous jobs include aircraft pilots and roofers. The cause of death and injury varies depending on the specific job. For example, loggers work in highly physical environments, and getting hit by an object is the most common cause of fatalities. Both logging and fishing take place in remote locations, which makes it harder and longer to receive medical help.

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