Articles Posted in Auto Accidents

Two women, a mother and a daughter, were involved in a roadside verbal altercation that escalated to violence and ended in death in Santa Fe, New Mexico. According to a news report, the mother and daughter were traveling in their car with a third party when the mother and daughter got into a fight.

speed-1505441The third party indicated to police that the daughter was driving dangerously, and this upset the mother. The witness stated that the women had been drinking when the altercation occurred. The mother demanded that her daughter get out of the car. When the parties were outside the car, they began to argue with each other, and that verbal altercation resulted in a physical fight. During this fight, the two women ended up rolling onto the highway, where they were sadly hit by a car. Police indicated that an initial investigation has not revealed that the driver was at fault. However, an investigation is still ongoing. Both of the women were killed upon impact.

Apportioning Liability under New Mexico Law in Car Accidents

The above accident may open the door to several different types of lawsuits by various parties. There may be a suit by the family of the mother and daughter, if the investigation reveals that the driver was acting negligently, or a suit by the passenger, if she was hurt in the accident. Finally, and most likely, there may be a suit by the actual driver of the car, if he was hurt.

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Earlier this month, New Mexico police apprehended a man after he was involved in an accident and found to be driving under the influence of alcohol. According to one local news report, the man was driving southbound on Coors Street when he rammed into the rear of another car. Unfortunately, the impact was so severe that the rear-ended car ended up rolling about 10 times before coming to a rest.

cup-of-beer-1329193When police arrived at the scene, they determined that the man causing the accident had a warrant out for his arrest for failing to appear at a traffic court hearing. The two victims of the crash, surprisingly, were not seriously injured, although they were taken to the hospital to be evaluated. Police later revealed that the man was not speeding, but he also did not have insurance, was not wearing a seat belt, and did not have a license. The driver’s record also indicated that he was previously mandated to attend alcohol education classes. The man was arrested but released on bail. Further charges are still pending while the investigation continues.

Pursuing a Personal Injury Case in a Drunk Driving Accident in New Mexico

In the above case, the current reports do not indicate that the two victims were seriously injured. However, this will not always be the case in drunk driving accidents, and it also does not mean that those who suffer non-fatal injuries do not have a claim for the pain and suffering they did endure. In cases where serious injuries take place, often an insurance company will get involved in an attempt to lessen the payout.

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Earlier this month, the Supreme Court of South Carolina decided a case in favor of a plaintiff who lost her husband in a tragic equipment-related accident. In the case, Riley v. Ford Motor Company, the court determined that the trial judge properly adjusted the damages award in favor of the plaintiff after the jury returned a shockingly inadequate amount.

car-door-handle-1309254.jpgAccording to the court’s written opinion, the fatal accident occurred when the plaintiff’s husband was driving on the highway in a Ford truck. As the man was driving on the highway, a student on his way to school pulled out in front of the truck. In an attempt to avoid a collision with the young man’s car, the driver of the Ford truck swerved. However, as he did so he lost control of the vehicle, and it ended up colliding with the teen’s car nonetheless.

The impact from the collision sent the man’s truck off the side of the road, where it struck a tree. Upon the impact with the tree, the truck’s door latch released, allowing the door to open and sending the driver out of the vehicle with significant force. The man was killed in the accident, and the man’s wife then filed suit against the teen driver as well as against the Ford Motor Company. The plaintiff settled with the teenage driver prior to trial, and the case against Ford proceeded to trial, where Ford was ultimately found liable.
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Earlier this month in Hobbs, New Mexico, one man was killed when the vehicle he was operating was struck by another vehicle being operated by a driver with a suspended license. According to one local news source, the accident took place on southbound NM 132.

jeep-1519282.jpgEvidently, the driver of a Ford pickup truck was heading southbound on NM 132 when a Jeep attempted to make a left-hand turn in front of the truck. However, as the Ford approached the Jeep, there was not enough time for the Jeep to complete its turn, and the two vehicles collided. The driver of the Jeep was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by emergency responders.

The driver of the Ford left the scene before police arrived, but he was later arrested and charged under suspicion of vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident, driving with a suspended license, and concealing one’s identity. Police have not yet completed their investigation, and additional charges may be filed if the facts warrant them.
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Earlier this month, two people were killed at the scene of an accident on Interstate 25 in New Mexico. According to one local news report, the two people were killed as a result of a driver who was proceeding in the wrong direction.

way-wrong-1245111.jpgEvidently, the accident occurred in the early morning hours of September 21. An ambulance driver was also driving down Interstate 25 when he noticed the motorist driving at an extremely fast speed in the wrong direction. Shortly after he noticed the danger, the driver made several 911 calls.

When police and emergency personnel arrived on the scene, they were faced with a deadly accident. They found two cars that were barely recognizable and two individuals who were deceased. The 22-year-old driver who was speeding in the wrong direction was killed, and the 21-year-old woman who was the driver of the other car was also killed. Current reports indicate that an investigation is ongoing, and they are unsure whether alcohol or any other substance played a role in the tragic accident.
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Earlier this month, a tragic accident took the lives of a mother, her two daughters, and her sister. According to one local news report, the accident occurred at around 9:30 p.m. on September 7th.

harley-day-in-arnhem-1432744.jpgEvidently, the woman tried to make a turn from one road to another when the pickup truck driver, who was proceeding southbound, slammed into the driver’s side door. The Mazda was pushed into a metal pole, the impact was so hard that the pole fell down, and debris and glass were thrown all over the road. Witnesses who lived near the scene of the accident stated that the noise was extremely loud, and when they went to render aid the pickup truck driver seemed callous and expressed sadness only over the loss of his truck.

The women in the car died as a result of the accident. However, the pickup truck driver and his three passengers walked away from the scene of the accident before being questioned by authorities. Eventually, with the help of witnesses, the police officers caught up to the men, and they were apprehended. An investigation is ongoing, but it was discovered that the truck was littered with empty beer bottles.
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The police department in Farmington, New Mexico will be the first department in the State of New Mexico to implement a new technology that will prevent officers from using their on-board laptop while behind the wheel. According to one local New Mexico news source, the department is considering a plan where the on-board computer will be disabled at 20 miles per hour and shuts down completely at 25 miles per hour.

police-car-1515955.jpgAccording to the article, vehicle crashes account for roughly 40% of all police officer fatalities, and they have been the single largest cause of death for police officers since the mid-1990s. A spokeswoman for the police department told reporters that the department is taking a “proactive approach,” and “instead of waiting for something to happen, a tragic accident, we would rather implement it now.”

This technology has been in use in the private sector for a number of years, but this is the first police department in New Mexico to use it to regulate police officers’ driving habits.
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Many states release reports in regards to accident statistics in the hopes that the information will educate drivers and reduce accidents. A report by the Texas Department of Public Safety revealed that the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is considered the “100 Most Deadly Days” for teen drivers. This is likely because the teenagers are out of school and are spending more time driving.

pie-chart-1165990.jpgUnfortunately, almost two-thirds of accidents where a person is injured or killed involve a teen driver. In addition to general driver inexperience, AAA also attributes the rise in crashes to the increase in traffic congestion, construction, and the prevalence of distracted and fatigued drivers.

New Mexico Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Division Statistics on Accidents
The New Mexico Geospatial and Population Students, Traffic Research Unit, and Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Division compile detailed New Mexico traffic accident statistics every few years. Their research revealed some startling statistics, such as the fact that the fatality rate in New Mexico is higher than the national average. Furthermore, in New Mexico, alcohol-related accidents account for about 50% of all accident-related fatalities. The three leading causes of New Mexico car accidents were driver distraction, failing to yield, and following too closely. Although they did not release a seasonal statistic, the day of the week that most accidents occur is Saturday, with the least amount of accidents occurring on Tuesdays. The report also detailed accidents and fatalities according to demographics such as age, driver experience, seat position, seatbelt use, and other pertinent factors.
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A Farmington man has been indicted by a grand jury as a result of his alleged actions in an accident back in February of this year. According to local news reports, the man was involved in a road rage situation in which he hit another individual and then left the scene of the accident.

harley-day-in-arnhem-792931-m.jpgThe victim was driving on Interstate 25 when a truck driver began to tailgate him and a few other drivers on the road. The victim pulled into a parking lot near Highway 550 and got out of the vehicle. Video footage shows the truck driver following the driver into the parking lot and then slamming right into the victim and speeding away. Unfortunately, the victim suffered serious injuries, including a fractured pelvis, internal bleeding, broken ribs, and punctured lungs. The man is still in serious condition.

Video footage from the parking lot led to several leads, and luckily the truck driver was eventually apprehended. The truck driver was charged with criminal damage to property, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, leaving the scene of an accident, and aggravated assault. The truck driver was arraigned and ordered by the judge not to leave the state.
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Earlier this week, a police video surfaced from an April accident that involved mixed martial arts (MMA) competitor Jon Jones. According to one news report, the allegations are that Jones ran a red light, causing a three-vehicle accident, and then fled the scene.

crash-car-748825-m.jpgEvidently, the accident occurred in the afternoon hours of April 27, when Jones allegedly ran a red light and crashed into two other vehicles. Chilling 911 tapes and video footage have recently been released that document the destruction. There is no video showing Jones fleeing the scene, but witness accounts suggest that he left immediately after the accident and then quickly returned to remove an amount of cash from the car. He then left the scene again.

If he is convicted of leaving the scene of the accident, Jones may face up to three years in New Mexico state prison. In addition to any criminal penalties Jones may face, he also had his Light Heavyweight Championship title stripped and has been indefinitely suspended from the league.
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