Motor Vehicle Accident? We’ve got you covered!
Our great state of New Mexico has a great problem and its happening on our roads. The number of fatalities in motor vehicle accidents are on a staggering rise year over year from 2015 to 2016 and the numbers are eye openers. In 2015, we had 298 fatalities on New Mexico roads and in 2016, that number jumped to 405 deaths on our roads, an increase of 36%. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) we have the dubious position of the 2nd worse highway safety in the country. Why is this happening?
The NHTSA data shows that New Mexico is 5th overall for careless driving fatalities, we are 10th overall for accidents involving alcohol and 12th for speeding or reckless driving. Given that the numbers are on the rise its more important than ever for New Mexican motorists to be vigilant on the road to avoid accidents and be aware of their surroundings to avoid becoming a statistic.
The matter of fatality accidents where there is a driver under the influence is particularly frightening and disappointing with our state leading the nation with motor vehicle accidents where drugs or alcohol are in play. According to data from the United States Center for Disease Control & Prevention, New Mexico experiences approximately 51 deaths per 100,000 of our citizens with Alaska in a very distant second at about 40 deaths per 100,000.
These figures all point to the need for our motorists to be extra vigilant, avoid driving while tired and avoid drivers exhibiting erratic behavior in light of the staggering number of fatal incident on our roads with careless and intoxicated drivers. Sadly, even with the best effort to be a defensive and safe driver you may find yourself joining the growing number of your fellow New Mexicans dealing with a traffic accident, related injury or death of a loved one.
Should you find yourself in an auto accident:
- Remember your first concern is health and safety. Call 911 and get police and necessary medical responders to the scene to help you and your loved ones.
- If possible, take pictures of the accident as it happened. Photographic evidence will help the police understand and piece together the events of the accident and may be essential in any legal proceedings and,
- If possible, get insurance information of the other driver(s) involved in the accident, names and phone numbers of all parties involved including passengers in other cars or any witness to the accident.
If the other driver appears to be intoxicated, you are best to stay away from them as intoxicated persons can be erratic and in some cases, dangerous if they’re under the influence of a narcotic that causes such behavior. Let our great police officers deal with them and take care of yourself and any loved ones in your vehicle while emergency responders arrive.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motor vehicle crash, please call the experienced lawyers at Ferguson & Associates today to schedule a no cost consultation and we’ll get to work on your behalf to protect your rights and interests and help you make the best of a bad situation.