Seat belts save lives – 14, 955 lives, to be exact. That’s the number of lives saved thanks to seat belts during the year 2017, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Los Lunas Personal Injury Law Blog
When a vehicle impact occurs the front seat of the vehicle can collapse backward, when this happens, the seat occupant will be forced into the back seat or ejected.
Passenger vehicles began having airbags installed in the 1970s, and the federal government began requiring dual front airbags on all consumer vehicles in 1998.
Child seats are critical for any parent who drives a vehicle with their child riding along. In fact, you cannot even leave the hospital with a newborn until you have the right car seat properly installed in your vehicle.
Vehicles are required to be manufactured to not only keep motorists safe while driving, but also to maximize protections in the event of a crash.
Child seats are critical to keep our smaller children safe in the event of a car accident. Adult restraints may also fail during a collision.
In recent years, Tesla has introduced self-driving vehicles on our roads. Self-driving technology eliminates a human to be in control of the vehicle relying on the Earth based GPS satellites as the autopilot.
All passenger vehicles come standard with airbags that are intended to protect us in the event of a car crash.
Many people involved in a traffic accident sustain some type of head injury. In many situations, head injuries can be invisible and are not apparent without diagnostic testing, so it is critical for any car accident victim who might have a head injury to seek a full medical evaluation right away.
Passenger vehicles come with many safety features, including seat belts, airbags, roll bars, crumple zones, and more. Unfortunately, none of these safety features can protect you from injuries if you are ejected from a vehicle in a crash.
Motor vehicles have many different essential parts that could malfunction and cause serious problems and possible injuries.
When vehicle defects cause serious monetary losses for motorists, the resulting legal cases can be drawn-out and contentious. Automakers should be held liable for the harm they cause, but these large corporations will often fight against liability and compensating consumers whenever possible.
It can be difficult to know what to do after an injury. Those responsible do not want to take responsibility, so they downplay the injuries or ignore them. This is a mistake, as you should always get medical attention and a formal diagnosis of your injuries as soon as possible after a accident. Doing so can help preserve your rights and seeking medical help.
By now, every driver should know that texting or otherwise using your smartphone while driving is extremely dangerous. However, many people fail to realize other types of distracted driving behaviors.
Like all of the 50 states, New Mexico requires every driver to have a minimum amount of car insurance. If authorities learn that the driver does not have the necessary insurance coverage, the New Mexico Mandatory Financial Responsibility Act allows the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) to fully suspend their vehicle registration.
Accidental injuries can range from cuts and bruises to fatal organ damage and everything in between. Just because an injury is non-fatal, however, does not mean that it will not have life-altering effects.
Distracted drivers often fail to notice when traffic is slowing down or stopping, resulting in collisions on a regular basis. Drivers who are not paying attention also commonly miss people who are walking, jogging, or cycling, and can cause deadly, often tragic injuries.
Having any type of surgery is a nerve-wracking experience - even if it’s a “routine” procedure. The truth of the matter is that no surgery is routine from the perspective of a patient, and every time you have surgery you are literally putting your life in the hands of the surgeon performing the procedure and his or her medical team.
According to the New Mexico Department of Transportation, an accident involving a semi-truck or other large vehicle occurred every 4 hours in 2016, the most recent year for which data is available.
Semi-trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds (compared to about 4,000 pounds for the average vehicle) and often carry heavy or even hazardous cargo. It makes sense that drivers don’t want just anyone behind the wheel of these large and dangerous commercial vehicles.
A dog attack can be a terrifying experience that can entitle victims to significant compensation for their injuries. If you’ve recently been attacked by a dog , you may be wondering whether you need a police report of the incident in order to file a claim against the dog’s owner.
In the aftermath of a car crash, the scene can be chaotic. The people involved are likely shaken up, and many victims do not know exactly what to do.
When personal injuries occur, it can impact every area of your life. You may be unable to work or even perform simple chores around your home, while facing the prospect of endless doctors appointments and medical treatments.
Car accidents are an unfortunately common occurrence throughout New Mexico. Even a minor crash or collision can end up causing you serious personal injuries. In the aftermath of an accident, it is important to be aware of what you need to do to protect your rights to compensation.
Each day, countless truckers wake up and don't feel like getting on the road. It's not that they're sleepy or have a fear of driving, but instead that they're just experiencing burnout.
The editor of the academic journal Burnout Research notes that there are three different stages truckers go through before they begin to experience disillusionment with their jobs.
Someone spills a drink on the tile floor of a grocery store and you walk right into the puddle of liquid without noticing it. Or maybe a staircase you take after leaving your doctor's visit is poorly lit and you slip and fall all the way down a full flight of stairs. If you suffer injuries in one of these types of instances, you may want to hold the property's owner liable for your mounting medical costs and lost wages.
Property owners are understood to assume certain risks when they decide to make their facility accessible to others. One of the responsibilities they assume is keeping their premises safe. They're also responsible for taking reasonable precautions to ensure that safety hazards are minimized.
Getting enough sleep can be a challenge for many people here in New Mexico. Between work and family obligations, time for sleep may be limited. When you add in having time to relax and enjoy some down time, the amount of hours left for sleep diminishes quickly.
More than likely, you have experienced days where you feel as though you are on autopilot. You may not even remember your morning or evening commute. Perhaps you even joked, "It's a good thing the car knows the way." You may say that in jest, but you also know that you could be lucky that nothing went wrong while you were driving drowsy.
New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) officials held a hearing for the public recently to hear their thoughts on the redevelopment of the intersection of Courthouse Road and N.M. 314. One of the reasons that they'd scheduled the hearing is to get input from Los Lunas residents about different designs that they'd come up with.
The intersection has long been known to NMDOT to be plagued with safety issues. At the meeting, a department spokeperson noted that the intersection has skewed geometry and that there are too few lanes from which motorists can turn onto N.M. 314. The rail crossing lies too close to the intersection as well.
The birth process can be fairly traumatic for both baby and mother. This is one of the reasons that a large number of babies suffer injuries when they're born.
Physical pressure that a newborn and his or her mother is subjected to as the baby passes though the birth canal is often to blame for these birth injuries. While many babies are able to recover from these without any medical intervention, there are certain conditions that are either permanently debilitating or life-threatening.
While hiring undocumented workers may not been lawful under existing federal law, many employers turn a blind eye when they desperately need help. Because hiring undocumented workers is illegal in this country, you may think that you'd be ineligible to file a claim to receive workers' compensation benefits if you were hurt on the job.
The truth is that your legal status here in the United States doesn't impact your ability to file and receive workers' compensation benefits, though.
When it comes to traffic accidents, there are three primary types — side, rear-end and head-on collisions. While drivers can minimize their risk of becoming involved in any of the aforementioned types of accidents by learning and practicing defensive driving techniques, unfortunately they can't control the other drivers on the road.
Most automobile collisions occur between two vehicles despite often hearing media stories about multi-car pileups and single-vehicle crashes. Research also shows that at least one-third of these types of collisions happen while motorists are moving through an intersection.
How many times have you been driving down the road behind a truck with loose debris hanging off its trailer? If it flies off, it's likely that it ends up strewn about the streets. It might even strike your car and cause damage. In some rare cases, this can cause you to suffer injuries.
If you've been hurt, you may wonder who you can hold financially responsible for your injuries. There's no one simple response to the question. There are many different hazards that may enter our paths as drivers that cause damage our vehicle. Potholes and animals are two such hazards.
Perhaps you were on your way home after a long day at work. All you could think about was relaxing in your favorite chair with an adult beverage. Those plans suddenly disappeared when another vehicle rammed into yours. As the shock of what just happened began to wear off, you realized that you suffered a bone fracture.
After seeing the damage done to your vehicle and the vehicle that struck yours, you may feel lucky that you came away with only a fractured bone. However, what you may realize too late is that bone fractures can come with serious complications that could prolong your recovery period and leave you with permanent damage.
A fire starts at your neighbor's house and quickly spreads to your own. It quickly engulfs it, destroying everything inside.
While you may be thankful that you and your family members made it out alive, you may wonder what recourse you have recovering the cost of your home and the things that were in it at the time, especially if you didn't have homeowners' insurance yourself.
A lot of us think of hospitals as a place we go to receive treatment from competent professionals in order feel better. Few of us expect to go there only for our health to decline, resulting in pain and suffering, as well as permanent injury or death.
According to data compiled by researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine, around 440,000 Americans on average die each year as a result of having either contracted an infection or fallen victim to a doctor or surgical error while staying at the hospital. It shouldn't come as a surprise that medical malpractice ranks third among the top causes of death in this country.