The United States of America had roughly 46,000 highway fatalities in 2022 which was an increase of 22% from 2021 as shown in the most recent National Transportation Safety Board's data. Of that, New Mexico had 467 road deaths, as reported by the Albuquerque Journal, meaning one to two people die every day on New Mexico's roadways. For New Mexico, a major factor in accident fatalities was alcohol which accounted for almost 23% of all crashes. Additionally, almost 20% of all fatalities were to a pedestrian. Already this year, 2023, New Mexico has suffered 64 traffic fatalities in January and February per the New Mexico Department of Transportation.
The main cause of the national increase in traffic fatalities is the unsafe use of cell phones and other forms of distracted driving that experts blame for this massive increase. Bruce Landsberg, Vice Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, stated:
"[t]his is an epidemic" during his interview with the Los Angeles Times. He also noted that "[e]verybody talks about fatalities, but there are hundreds of thousands or more life-altering injuries - broken limbs, brain injuries, horrible burns. This doesn't have to happen. These crashes are not accidents. They are completely preventable."
New Mexican's most dangerous daily activity is driving. Sadly, the way our state and the City of Albuquerque have been created makes it a necessity that you have to drive multiple times every day whether it is to work, school, the grocery store, and/or a restaurant. This necessary activity puts your family and you at risk to the reckless/negligent driving of others on New Mexico's roadways. If you or a loved one have been involved in an auto accident or auto collision, including an auto accident fatality or death, then you should contact an experienced and trusted New Mexico auto accident attorney. The Gauthier & Maier Law Firm are local New Mexico attorneys who are here to help you receive justice against those that have injured you in auto accidents and collisions. We are able to help guide you along the process and make sure that you receive the necessary medical treatment and compensation you are entitled to. We will fight for you to determine if distracted driving was the cause of your auto accident and/or collision and make sure that the other driver is punished for their reckless actions.
The Gauthier & Maier Law Firm has specialized in helping the families of those killed in auto accidents and auto collisions receive the most compensation available to them. Chance Gauthier and Shane Maier were prior insurance defense attorneys and have handled 100s of fatality and large loss claims. We know the way the insurance companies and their adjusters operate in evaluating auto accident and fatality claims to make sure that we get you and your family the most money for your injuries. Without an attorney, the insurance companies and adjusters will not seriously consider your claim as it is there job to undervalue and underpay on the injuries suffered in auto accidents. Thus, call the Gauthier & Maier Law Firm today on your auto accident and auto collision claim to get you the money and treatment you deserve.
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