While it is a near-impossible fantasy to imagine a year without any car accident fatalities, motorists can at least hope that improved infrastructure and car safety features will decrease the number of crash-related deaths each year. However, a recent five-year high in fatal car accidents indicates an unpleasant reality for New Mexico drivers.
The 2020 New Mexico Traffic Crash Annual Report shows 365 fatal crashes for the year, making up one percent of overall crashes. It is important for everyone on the road to understand why fatal accidents are on the rise and what to do after experiencing such a catastrophic incident.
Why car accident fatalities are rising
While nearly 12% of the crash-related fatalities for 2020 are reportedly pure accidents with no driver error, many are the result of negligent behavior. The 2020 report indicates that the most prevalent factors for car accident fatalities include:
- Drug influence
- Alcohol influence
- Excessive speed
Widespread negligence combined with an annual increase in the number of cars on the road could be the root causes of the yearly increase in fatal car accidents.
What to do when a car accident leads to wrongful death
Suffering a personal injury or wrongful death in your family due to the negligence of another driver is grounds for legal action. It is crucial to document the accident with photographs and witness testimony if possible so that you and your legal team can build the strongest case possible.
With statistics showing that New Mexico roads grow increasingly dangerous each year, it is important for all drivers to practice caution and good safety habits while driving. If an accident does occur, you have the right to pursue compensation for the damage incurred.