New Mexico residents like you share the road with plenty of other drivers. This ups your chance of getting involved in a crash. Today, we at Sanders Law Firm will examine the phenomenon of drowsy driving, a risk factor that potentially leads to more crashes.
Many in Roswell may worry about encountering a drunk driver on the road, yet a distracted driver can be just as dangerous. Driving distractions are not limited to cell phones; something as simple as eating while driving can make a motorist dangerous to others. Indeed, information compiled through a collaboration between The Auto Alliance and The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons shows that those who eat and drink behind the wheel are 3.6 times more likely to be involved in an accident than those who do not.
Vast expanses and amazing scenery are among the reasons New Mexico is popular for bicyclists. However, riding along rural routes can be as hazardous as it is in towns and cities. At Sanders Law Firm, we often represent clients injured while on their bike.
There are undoubtedly times when you are driving where you are faced with a hazard created by another driver. If another motorist cuts you off, swerves into your lane or loses part of their load, you could be left to make a split-second decision to avoid a collision and, in some cases, avoidance may be impossible. At Sanders Law Firm, we are committed to educating people in New Mexico about the measures they can take to keep themselves safer on the road.
For most drivers in Roswell, sharing the road with others may not be an issue. Yet peoples' driving habits may become complacent over time as the lack of perceived dangers that can come from driving give the impression that operating a vehicle is routine. This may prompt some to forget about standard rules of the rules, as years and years of driving a certain way can convince them that their incorrect assumptions are correct.
Motor vehicle accidents involving semi-trucks or other large commercial vehicles can be some of the most horrific on New Mexico roads and highways. A person in a typical passenger vehicle, on a motorcycle or on foot does not stand much of a chance against a big rig. According to the records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, truck accident fatalities in 2017 represented more than 18 percent of all vehicular deaths in New Mexico.
People who live in New Mexico and who have purchased or leased new vehicles in the last few years have likely noticed that more and more of these vehicles are including features that allow vehicles to be more proactive in helping drivers avoid collisions. You have probably at least seen ads for cars with features like automatic emergency braking or lane departure alerts. All of these features are touted as being able to improve safety but it is important to know that some might do the opposite.
With Roswell (and the rest of New Mexico) deep in grip of the winter season, ice-covered roads may be a daily expectation. With such hazardous road conditions may come an increased need for the roadside assistance of first responders to help those who have either sild off the road or been involved in accidents. These brave individuals may often be required to put their own safety at risk in order to help others. Motorists can do their part to keep first responders safe by using added caution when passing the scene of an accident. Sadly, that does not always happen.
Roswell residents are strongly encouraged to practice defensive driving in order to avoid accidents. While such advice may certainly be sound, one cannot completely negate the potential of being involved in a collision due to the fact that they cannot control the actions of others. Indeed, it is when those actions are negligent that people are placed in the position of needing to seek compensation following a car accident. Such a decision typically does not arise from any sense of bitterness, but rather the need for assistance in dealing with the expenses associated with an accident.
People who struggle with vertigo may be negatively impacted by this condition in all sorts of ways. For example, their performance in the workplace may be adversely affected by vertigo, and they may not be able to participate in certain sports and activities that they used to enjoy. To make things worse, some may not be able to drive any longer. Unfortunately, there are many drivers who disregard the safety of themselves and others by driving with debilitating vertigo.