Many states release reports in regards to accident statistics in the hopes that the information will educate drivers and reduce accidents. A report by the Texas Department of Public Safety revealed that the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is considered the “100 Most Deadly Days” for teen drivers. This is likely because the teenagers are out of school and are spending more time driving.
Unfortunately, almost two-thirds of accidents where a person is injured or killed involve a teen driver. In addition to general driver inexperience, AAA also attributes the rise in crashes to the increase in traffic congestion, construction, and the prevalence of distracted and fatigued drivers.
New Mexico Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Division Statistics on Accidents
The New Mexico Geospatial and Population Students, Traffic Research Unit, and Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Division compile detailed New Mexico traffic accident statistics every few years. Their research revealed some startling statistics, such as the fact that the fatality rate in New Mexico is higher than the national average. Furthermore, in New Mexico, alcohol-related accidents account for about 50% of all accident-related fatalities. The three leading causes of New Mexico car accidents were driver distraction, failing to yield, and following too closely. Although they did not release a seasonal statistic, the day of the week that most accidents occur is Saturday, with the least amount of accidents occurring on Tuesdays. The report also detailed accidents and fatalities according to demographics such as age, driver experience, seat position, seatbelt use, and other pertinent factors.
What to Do If You Have Been Injured in a New Mexico Car Accident
Even with detailed reports, education, and preventative measures, the stark reality is that car accidents are an unfortunate byproduct of traveling. There are circumstances beyond a person’s control that can result in them being a victim of a car accident. It is important that injured parties know their rights and remedies after being involved in a car accident.
Individuals who have been injured in a car accident and successfully bring a personal injury claim against the culpable party may be entitled to monetary compensation. This compensation includes damages for past medical bills and future medical expenses. Additionally, in situations when the other party was acting particularly egregiously, the party may be entitled to punitive damages. Unlike other damages, this compensation is solely to punish the defendant for acting recklessly.
Contacting a New Mexico Attorney to Assist With Your Claim
As you can see, accidents happen almost every day, and thus the courts are often inundated with personal injury claims. The law is very clear regarding the standard that is required to pursue this type of claim, and they can be dismissed for even minor issues. It is important that you contact an attorney who can ensure that your case is properly prepared and follows all procedural requirements. An Albuquerque car accident lawyer at the Fine Law Firm can help you get the compensation you deserve because serious injuries demand serious representation. Contact an attorney at the Fine Law Firm today at 505-889-FINE to schedule a free initial consultation.
More Blog Posts:
Three Killed in Accident Between Two Semi-Trucks and a Tourist Bus, New Mexico Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, June 11, 2015.
New Mexico Woman Arrested after Arriving at Husband’s DUI Stop Drunk, New Mexico Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, July 6, 2015.