You're driving home from work one Thursday afternoon. Suddenly, another car plows into you from the side--sending you spinning into oncoming traffic. Miraculously, you survive--but the damage to your car and your person is considerable.
It's dawn, and the roads are clear. You decide to take your Harley out for an early morning joy ride. As you coast down the highway--enjoying the sun rise--you notice a car approaching in the lane to your left. As the driver passes you, they simultaneously drift into your lane--forcing you to go tumbling off the road.
The Land of Enchantment is an attractive state for bikers. If you like long roads and beautiful vistas, you and your hog have probably found your way through the Southwest before.
Regular readers of our blog know that we often share information about road dangers to be aware of. Because the holidays are typically when more Americans are on the road than at any other time of year, we’re going to take a quick look at the dangerous Ds of driving: drinking and drugs, distractions, drowsiness.
Dust storms are a dangerous hazard for New Mexico drivers, and it has led the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) to make specific efforts to reduce interstate deaths. The NMDOT said they have shut down the interstate 15 times since January due to dust or high windows, but no lives have been lost.
Drivers in New Mexico may think that if there are no physical injuries due to a car accident, then it is back to business as usual once any property damage is fixed. Unfortunately, this is not the case for some accident victims. Many suffer from mental and psychological responses that result in feelings of anxiety, fear and nightmares surrounding the accident.
There are many different reasons why drivers accidentally cause motor vehicle wrecks. Some may be careless, such as those who use their smartphone on the road. Other drivers cause accidents because they are intoxicated after drinking or using drugs. Even people who think of themselves as responsible drivers may find themselves in a position where they are driving dangerously, including those who are running late for work or an important appointment. If you ever find yourself short on time, be careful and avoid speeding or any other type of dangerous driving.
Distracted driving is a huge issue in New Mexico, but changing music, putting on makeup and even cell phone use are not the biggest causes. It turns out that driving with kids in the car is actually riskier than many of the other talked-about distractions. If you are a parent this probably does not surprise you. If you have an infant or child in the car, make sure to follow certain safety protocols to decrease the chance of getting in an accident.
Drivers in New Mexico who are involved in car accidents know that injuries and physical damage to the vehicles are just some of the consequences. Many accidents also result in non-physical effects such as emotional distress and post-traumatic stress. These can be short-term outcomes, but they can also last a long time, resulting in physical pain and debilitating mental issues.
Motorcycle riders in New Mexico are at higher risk of getting in accidents, and they also suffer more serious injuries than other drivers. While motorcyclists are often at fault, drivers of other vehicles are the cause of more crashes. Both motorcycle riders and drivers need to practice certain safety protocols in order to keep everyone safe on the road.