Across the state of New Mexico, distracted driving is a widespread, dangerous habit many drivers on road possess. 3,129 people lost their lives in 2014 in distracted driving-related car accidents. According to a statistic released by the National Safety Council, driving while using a cellphone leads to 1.6 million crashes per year. As a driver in New Mexico, do you know what the law says about texting and driving? In this blog, our Albuquerque car accident lawyer explains 66-7-374, the New Mexico law on texting while driving as well as other state laws regarding electronic device use while driving.
In surveys conducted by AT&T, more than 90% of their customers acknowledged that texting and driving was bad, yet they still did it. Many people considered themselves able to multitask. If you are someone who thinks texting and driving are dangerous but think it’s safe to read emails or search the web while driving, you are wrong. Reading an email notification may take your eyes off the road for five seconds, but in that time, you could have traveled the length of a football field if you were traveling 55 miles per hour.
For more information cell phone-related driving laws in New Mexico, check out the Governors Highway Safety Association. If you were injured by a negligent driver in a car accident or as a pedestrian, our Albuquerque personal injury lawyer could help you fight for compensation. Call today to request your free consultation.