Driving on New Mexico's streets and highways can be dangerous, but how dangerous compared to other states? According to the CDC, the state of New Mexico's overall driver deaths and cost of death per year ranges about average out of the fifty states.
Late night driving is often nerve-wracking. Not only do you have to contend with your own exhaustion, darkened streets, weather conditions and unexpected animal crossings, but you also have to fear other drivers who may not be as alert as you. When driving New Mexico's highways and streets, you may end up in a motor vehicle accident caused by driver fatigue. We at Almanzar & Youngers, PA understand the frustration involved in proving driver fatigue in the event of an accident.
People in New Mexico who drive while overtired greatly increase the chances of being in an accident. Fatigue is a big factor in crashes, and it is important to get adequate rest before going out on the road, whether you are a commercial truck driver or the driver of a personal car, motorcycle or other vehicle.
Distracted driving kills people on New Mexico roads every year, yet drivers continue to multitask behind the wheel. Eating, drinking and talking on a hands-free device are just three of the many ways people occupy their time on their way to work or elsewhere. While automobile manufacturers are working to develop technology to prevent accidents, using these systems should not replace driver attention.
When an accident happens between a tractor-trailer and a passenger vehicle in New Mexico, drivers, victims and witnesses may be able to piece together the factors that caused it. Not always, though. Sometimes, there are holes in the police report, and mysteries that go unanswered. When determining who was responsible for the crash, this can be a major downfall. Some safety experts are saying that this could be avoided with in-cab cameras.
From intoxication to distractions such as cell phone use, traffic collisions continue to happen for an array of reasons. However, it is crucial to focus on some of the other causes behind these wrecks, such as health conditions which may affect a driver's ability to safely operate his or her vehicle. Sadly, motor vehicle collisions have claimed many lives in recent years and they have also left far more victims with injuries that keep them from enjoying the quality of life they had beforehand.
Whether you are commuting to work, running errands or driving for any other reason, there are all sorts of potential dangers that can lead to an accident. Sometimes these crashes are caused by negligent drivers, such as those who fail to follow traffic safety laws or drive while they are drunk or otherwise impaired. However, there are other things you should keep an eye out for when behind the wheel, such as potentially dangerous New Mexico weather.
Whether you walk to work or elsewhere because it is more convenient than driving or you simply like to get some exercise, you may face various risks as a pedestrian. If you walk along busy roads, a driver may strike you while you are crossing the street or because they swerved onto the crosswalk. At Almanzar & Youngers, we are all too familiar with how hard these accidents can be for victims. Even quiet and rural roads can be dangerous for pedestrians to walk on. If a car has struck you or a family member of yours, recovering in every way possible, or at least trying to, is vital.
From the consumption of alcohol to slick roads and dangerous speeds, motor vehicle accidents happen for all sorts of reasons. In all parts of New Mexico, many of these collisions are the result of people sending or receiving text messages. For drivers who own cell phones, it is essential to understand the dangers of distracted driving and avoid using phones while behind the wheel. Moreover, victims of distracted driving accidents should make sure that irresponsible drivers are held answerable.
Compared with other states, New Mexico has a high rate of pedestrian accidents. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that in recent years the average number of pedestrian deaths per capita in New Mexico was two times higher than the national average.