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Study shows teens at especially high risk of a car accident during summer months

A study released by AAA in May revealed that motor vehicle accidents involving teenage drivers increase by 15-17% between Memorial Day and Labor Day -- a period of time that the study dubs the "100 Deadliest Days." Crash data from 2013-2017 showed a consistent spike in accidents during the summer months. Researchers found that more than 700 people died in crashes involving teen drivers between Memorial Day and Labor Day over the study's five-year span. 

Is the Tesla Model 3 'Autopilot' too dangerous to use?

On March 1, a Tesla Model 3 was headed down a divided highway in Florida. The driver turned on the Autopilot system, which uses computers, cameras and long-range radar to avoid crashes. Almost as soon as the driver turned on the Autopilot and took his hands off the wheel, he crashed into a semi-truck. The car went under the trailer and killed the 50-year-old driver.

The crash is still under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). However, the agency confirmed initial data that the Autopilot feature was turned on just 10 seconds before the crash. Also, the car was going 68 mph in a 55-mph zone. And, the driver's hands were not on the steering wheel at the time leading up to the crash.

Has New Mexico improved its bicycle safety?

New Mexico has not historically been the most friendly home for bicyclists. The state ranked No. 44 in the nation in terms of bicycle safety in 2017.

The League of American Bicyclists, which releases the rankings, published progress reports at the end of 2018 instead of full report cards. A year later, how does New Mexico hold up?

Aftermarket safety tech could reduce your risk of a crash

From collision avoidance systems to autonomous vehicles, the technology to reduce motor vehicle crashes is already on the market. In the best new cars, drivers are warned about everything from drifting out of their lane to approaching an obstacle. In many cases, the car can respond to an imminent collision more quickly and skillfully than the best driver. And the technology continues to improve.

Unfortunately, the technology isn't standard on all new cars -- at least, not yet. And what if you're not in the market for a new car? Do you have to wait for the technology to gradually become available in the used car market? Luckily, much of the technology is available on the aftermarket. You can have an advanced driver assistance technology system installed in your existing car for around $1,000.

Who pays when an accident involves an Uber or Lyft driver?

The way we travel from Point A to Point B has changed dramatically over the last decade, thanks to services like Uber and Lyft. As rideshare services increase in popularity across the country, many people wonder who holds responsibility for accidents involving these ride service providers. The answer is not exactly clear cut, as liability often depends on what task the driver was performing.

Whether you are a rideshare passenger, a driver, or a pedestrian, here is what you need to know about accidents involving services like Lyft or Uber:

Inclined sleep products for infants connected to numerous deaths

A recent analysis by Consumer Reports raised alarms about several infant sleep products, leading to demands for a recall. The investigation linked more than 30 infant deaths between 2011 and 2018 to inclined infant sleep products, including Fisher Price’s Rock N’ Play Sleeper. 

How New Mexico courts calculate and award car accident damages

A car accident can leave you with so much more than a bent fender or a bump on the head. Medical bills start to pile up, you miss time from work dealing with the insurance company – meanwhile your vehicle is still in the shop.

When an accident results from someone else’s negligence, you should not be left footing the bill. Accident victims can recover compensation for a variety of damages under New Mexico law.

Highway pileups lead to complex insurance issues

Multi-car crashes, often called “pileups,” often cause serious injuries. Pileups are among the most dangerous types of roadway accidents that occur in New Mexico. In fact, a New Mexico woman recently lost her life in a five-car pileup while trying to offer assistance to another driver.

Not only are the injuries in these accidents often severe; the details of multi-car crashes can be harder to sort out after the fact. The chain reaction leading to a pileup makes insurance claims and more complex than a two-car collision.

Report: New Mexico led nation in pedestrian fatalities

When crossing a street, most people assume that drivers are paying attention. But that is not always the case.

It's true that, overall, traffic-related deaths are on the decline in the United States. But a recent report suggests that roads are becoming increasingly unsafe for pedestrians.

Compensation for Victims of Crime Resulting from Poor Security

A broken lock. A poorly-lit parking garage. A door that doesn't close properly. All these things put everyday people at risk in public places. Whether you enter an apartment complex, a bar or a convenience store, the owner of that establishment is at least in part responsible for your safety.

If a mugging, assault or other crime in a public place could have been prevented by better security, the victim may be able to obtain compensation through a negligence lawsuit.

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