motor vehicle accidents Archives

Safety advocates fight plan to ease truck driver regulations

Safety advocates warn that a Department of Transportation plan to loosen rules over the number of hours a truck driver can work may put other drivers at higher risk on U.S. highways. The Associated Press reports the trucking industry has long fought to see the federal guidelines relaxed, and is now seeing support from the current White House administration.

Parents of deceased girl advocate for safer streets in New Mexico

The parents of 12-year-old Eliza Almuina recently appeared before the Albuquerque city council and spoke about making roads safer in the area. Tragically, their daughter was using a crosswalk in front of her school when she was struck and killed by a driver who said he did not see the girl or her friend as they tried to cross Louisiana Boulevard. Almanzar & Youngers, P.A., is representing the child's mother in her capacity as Personal Representative for the Wrongful Death Estate of Eliza Justine Almuina.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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