Many drivers in New Mexico, as elsewhere, use their phone or in-vehicle technology while behind the wheel. This can lead to accidents. The National Safety Council states that such accidents contribute to an average of 9 deaths and 100 injuries every day in the U.S. To combat the growing epidemic of distracted driving, the NSC has designated every April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
There are several steps that New Mexico car crash victims will want to take immediately after the incident, however shaken up they may be. Accurately documenting the collision can help the police write up their incident report and can clear the way for victims to file their insurance claims.
Human error is behind many car crashes in New Mexico and across the U.S. By knowing what these mistakes are, drivers can see where they themselves might be able to improve. First of all, it is important to avoid distractions. Smartphones and infotainment systems are becoming more and more common, but even ordinary actions like talking with a passenger or eating and drinking will make a driver inattentive to the road.
When car crashes occur, the two organs of the human body most often injured by abdominal trauma and susceptible to heavy bleeding are the liver and the spleen. A person can live without their spleen, but the liver is an organ that is vital to life. Depending on the severity of the injury, the liver might be surgically repaired, but even then, deadly complications can result from severe liver trauma.
New Mexico drivers should know that about a third of all traffic fatalities are related to drunk driving. At the highest risk of dying in drunk driving crashes are drivers under 24, motorcyclists and those with prior DUI convictions. Young adults are at a higher risk than older adults even when both have the same BAC. This could be because young drivers are inexperienced and tend to travel in groups, making them more prone to distractions.
Teenagers in New Mexico and elsewhere are most likely to engage in distracted driving, according to a recent study. The study was published in the Journal of Adolescent Health in September.
Court records indicate that the Thanksgiving holiday is a time of increased drunk driving in New Mexico. From Wednesday to Sunday around Thanksgiving 2018, law enforcement arrested 53 people for drinking and driving in Bernalillo County. During the same four-day period in 2017, 49 arrests were made. One 26-year-old man was allegedly seen by police going 115 mph on I-40, racing another car, when he was stopped and arrested for DWI.
When people get behind the wheel in New Mexico, they could actually be taking their lives in their hands. Statistics issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that for Americans aged 44 and under, the leading cause of death is accidental injury. In 2016 alone, 61,749 people were killed due to unintentional injuries; this number is more than twice the total of those killed in the same age group by cancer and heart disease combined. There were a number of different types of fatal accidental injuries, but the most common were motor vehicle crashes and poisonings.
Driving in bright sunlight can present some safety issues. There is a 16 percent higher chance of having a life-threatening crash in bright sunlight compared to normal weather, but there are steps that people in New Mexico can take to make it less dangerous.
For many people in New Mexico, driving on Halloween can result in severe car accidents and the injuries that follow. As people go out to Halloween parties and spend the night trick-or-treating, they could face an escalated risk on the roads. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Halloween night is the most dangerous time for drunk driving. More people are killed in DWI-related crashes between 6 p.m. on Oct. 31 and 6 a.m. on Nov. 1 than at any other time of the year.