New Mexico Drivers are Ranked the Second Worst in the United States: Issues Such as Drunk Driving and Cell Phones Top Causes and Many Drivers are Uninsured
The latest National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report has awarded New Mexico drivers an unfortunate and unwanted prize—second worst drivers in the United States behind only Montana according to the Albuquerque Journal. This trend has become worst, as the previous year New Mexico was ranked 19th-worst. As a grim statistic, most of the accidents and statistics complied evidenced more personal injuries, more serious injuries, and more wrongful deaths.
Here at the Mark Caruso, our experienced New Mexico car accident attorneys know that traffic accidents are a real issue in our state. We work hard with the victims of all travel accidents, including trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian knockdowns, bus accidents, and other types of collisions to ensure that these victims receive the maximum compensation they deserve. We also offer FREE case evaluations, so call us at (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can help protect the rights of motor vehicle accident victims throughout New Mexico, including Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Taos, Roswell, Gallup, Rio Rancho, and Carlsbad.
Drunk Driving Remains a Problem – New Mexico ranks 10th for the most drunk driving arrests in the entire United States. Naturally, this correlates to a lot of drunk drivers on the road which means a lot of drunk driving car accidents. Drunk driving is prohibits under both New Mexico statutory law and common law, and is a major contributor to motor vehicle accidents and fatalities.
Excessive Speed and Deaths – New Mexico ranks 12th in the county for speeding tickets or citations. In codifying the vehicle and traffic law, the Legislature made speed restrictions the very first section of law under NM Stat 66-7-301. While enforcement is up and New Mexico police are very good, this is a massive epidemic which has resulted in many needless motor vehicle accidents and wrongful deaths. This is particularly true in our interstates, including I-10, I-25, and I-40.
Distracted Driving Accidents Increases Throughout the County, Including New Mexico – Cell phones and technology in general have caused significantly more motor vehicle accidents than any other cause—including drunk driving. This is an issue that affects all motorists from the younger to the old, especially young drivers and those under 30 years of age. Too many accidents are being causing by distracted driving which effectively renders a motor vehicle into an unguided missile.
Uninsured Driving Making Recovery Harder – With all of these additional causes of motor vehicle accidents, New Mexico unfortunately ranks very high in the number of uninsured motorists. While the national average is 12.6% of motorists are uninsured, New Mexico is 21.6%. This makes recovery after a serious car accident even more difficult, but not impossible.
Dangerous Driving in New Mexico Requires Strong Legal Advocacy like the Mark Caruso
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced New Mexico truck accident attorneys at the Mark Caruso today by dialing (505) 883-5000 You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.