A recent auto-pedestrian collision at the corner of Coors Boulevard and Iliff road in Albuquerque resulted in the 17th pedestrian fatality this year from traffic accidents in the city. According to an article from KOAT.com, there is an average of 17 pedestrian fatalities from Albuquerque traffic accidents every year, and it looks as if the number of deaths this year could easily surpass that average and then some.
Police note that the accidents are generally caused by speeding and jaywalking, but a common contributing factor in both types of accidents is alcohol. Drunk drivers are more likely to speed and less likely to notice pedestrians in the roadway, and drunk pedestrians are more likely to jaywalk or step into the road in the path of oncoming traffic and get hit by a car. It can be difficult to reconstruct exactly what happened after an accident, but if the driver of the car was drunk at the time the pedestrian is hit, he or she is much more likely to be held accountable for the accident.
Drunk Drivers in New Mexico
A New Mexico drunk driver who hits a pedestrian can be held accountable for the accident in both criminal and civil court. The driver can be cited for DUI and possibly charged with assault or homicide, depending on the injury caused. In addition to serious criminal charges, a drunk driver who injures or kills a pedestrian can be held responsible civilly for the damages caused. An injured victim can file a New Mexico personal injury lawsuit against the drunk driver and seek compensation for the damages related to the accident.