As you can imagine, driving on highways can present a number of dangers that are unique from the dangers presented by city streets. Highway auto accidents and vehicle collisions can lead to severe injuries given the speed of vehicles as well as the potential for multi-car collisions. The risk of fatal injuries increases a great deal, especially when it comes to accidents on remote highways that are a long way from hospitals and emergency crews.
The lawyers at Will Ferguson & Associates would like to consider the dangers of highway accidents and how our team can help clients in their time of legal need.
Highway Auto Accident Statistics
According to numbers from The University of New Mexico, there were a total of 398 fatal car accidents in the state during 2016. This is up from 298 fatalities in 2015. In 2014, there was an estimated 1,336 serious injuries related to auto accidents in the state.
Common Causes of Highway Auto Accidents
Some common causes of highway auto accidents include:
- Speeding – Speeding is a leading cause of many accidents on highways and city streets. Excessive speeds means a greater likelihood of losing control of a vehicle and striking other motorists and objects.
- Reckless Driving – In addition to speeding, frequent lane changes, not using your turn signals, tailgating, and other reckless behaviors will increase the chances of a serious collision on the road.
- Drunk Driving – If you drive while drunk or under the influence of controlled substances, it impairs your vision, reflexes, and decision-making skills. Never get behind the wheel while drunk or using illicit substances.
- Distracted Drivers – Many people text while driving, eat meals behind the wheel, and engage in other activities that can distract them. Avoid being distracted while driving so you can make split-second decisions should an emergency arise.
- Vehicle Defects – Defective brakes and tires or issues with the steering can result in serious motor vehicle collisions. Automakers and part manufacturers should be held accountable.
- Driver Fatigue – Driving for long distances can leave you tired and sleepy as you drive. Driver fatigue can lead to major collisions, especially when it comes to commercial truck drivers and their big rigs.
- Poor Weather – Heavy rain, hail, and wind can lead to dangerous driving conditions. Do your best to plan ahead as you drive, or to find a safe place to stop in case of severe bad weather.
- Bad Road Conditions – Roadwork, debris on the road, and other issues can make driving on the highways a major hazard.
Our Auto Accident Lawyers Can Help
If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto collision that was the result of another person or party’s negligence, our team of attorneys can help you. We will fight for damages that can cover medical expenses, funerary costs, lost wages, and long-term disability. Further, we will also seek punitive damages to make sure those who acted negligently do not repeat the same costly actions in the future.
We will offer peace of mind during this difficult time, so you can concentrate on recovery, mourning, and moving forward with life.
Learn More About Your Legal Options
For more information about your legal options after a serious motor vehicle accident, be sure to contact our experienced team of personal injury attorneys today. Our lawyers will fight for you and your loved ones every step of the way.