Citizens in Albuquerque are worried that Rio Brava is becoming too dangerous to drive on but too important to avoid.
A recent study showed that the APD has responded to 171 car accidents in just a 3.5-mile stretch. This averages to about 20 crashes per month in just this one part. Residents who live nearby say accidents are a common occurrence where they live. What makes this dangerous is that some parts of Rio Bravo Blvd are without street lights. This along with a speed limit of 45 mph creates a situation that is dangerous for drivers. With limited visibility and the speed, drivers have little time to react if something happens. This by itself is enough to worry about, however, there are open stretches of Rio Bravo where drivers reach speeds up to 70 mph. Speeds this high can cause devastating results. Out of the 171 crashes, only one has been fatal, the report didn’t say how many were injury accidents.
Although there have been many crashes and a speeding problem on Rio Bravo, residents say they notice the APD making an effort to stop speedsters. However, speed is only part of the problem. Construction in the area is slated for 2022-2023 but this is far away and has residents more concerned. The most recent fatal collision on Rio Bravo involved a previously reported accident with Steven Trujillo. Trujillo struck a vehicle carrying nine people. Two of them were identified as Mary Soto and Elijah Sandoval. Both were killed as a result of the crash and Trujillo was sentenced to 30 years.
This information was presented to the New Mexico Department of Transportation, however, in response, they just urged drivers to obey the road laws and be mindful while driving, At this time it is unknown if anyone is filing a lawsuit against the city of Albuquerque. We will keep you updated as the story develops and comments are made from government agencies.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a crash, contact and attorney now. Often, there are multiple factors that could be responsible for a crash. With a personal injury or wrongful death attorney from Will Ferguson & Associates, we will work to gain justice and compensation for you and your family. Our attorneys have been molded by years of experience and will provide expert counsel when filing your claim. Call us at 505-243-5566 and schedule a free consultation. Our highly determined staff is always available to assist you.