Speed Likely Played a Factor in Negligent Single-Vehicle Accident that Killed Three and Injured Two in Albuquerque
A single-vehicle wreck in southeast Albuquerque has reportedly claimed the life of three people and injured two others. According to a spokesperson for the Albuquerque Police Department, Tasia Martinez, witnesses stated the 20-year-old driver of a 2005 Lincoln was apparently attempting to engage in drag racing on Louisiana Street near Acoma SE when the fatal accident occurred. The driver allegedly lost control of his vehicle, crossed a median, and crashed into a group of trees.
Following the crash, a 20-year-old man who was ejected from the car was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Emergency responders reportedly extracted the remaining passengers from the automobile and transported them to a local hospital where a 17-year-old girl and 19-year-old woman later died. In addition, a one-year-old child was apparently treated for minor injuries, and the driver of the Lincoln remains hospitalized in critical condition.
The exact cause of the fatal wreck is still under investigation by the Albuquerque Police Department. It is currently unclear how fast the driver was traveling when the fatal traffic wreck took place. Toxicology results on the motorist are also pending. According to Martinez, the driver is likely to face vehicular homicide and reckless driving charges if he survives. Martinez said police do not know how many of the vehicle's passengers were wearing a safety belt when the collision occurred.
Tragic single-vehicle and other automobile crashes regularly occur on roadways throughout the State of New Mexico. In 2011, 353 people were killed in traffic wrecks across our state. 240 of those fatalities reportedly resulted from a one-car accident. Speeding, dangerous road conditions, automobile defects, swerving to avoid a negligent driver, and weather are frequent causes of single-car collisions.
Individuals who were hurt in a single-vehicle or other car accident in New Mexico may be entitled to recover for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain, suffering, and other damages. Certain family members of someone killed in a New Mexico automobile crash may also be entitled to receive compensation for their loved one's wrongful death. If you were injured by a reckless, negligent, or careless driver, you should discuss your right to recovery with an experienced New Mexico personal injury attorney.