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Carlsbad, NM – Earl Burton Fatally Injured in Head-On Crash on Highway 62/180

December 23, 2022
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Carlsbad, NM (December 23, 2022) – A 45-year-old man has died as a result of the crash that took place in the Carlsbad area on Wednesday afternoon. On December 21, the New Mexico State police responded to the scene of a crash on Highway 62/180.

According to law enforcement, at around 3 p.m., a 2015 Nissan passenger vehicle driven by 45-year-old Earl Burton was traveling east on Highway 62/180. For reasons unknown, the vehicle collided head-on with a 2023 Chevrolet Silverado.

Burton was severely injured as a result of the crash. Authorities responded to the scene of the accident to provide care to the victim. However, he died at the scene.

The driver of the Silverado was treated for injuries while at the scene of the accident.

Authorities believe that alcohol may have played a role in this fatal collision. Investigations are currently ongoing.

We hope the victim injured due to this crash recovers quickly.

Our condolences are with the family of Earl Burton at this time.

Fatal Car Crashes in New Mexico

Carlsbad, NM – Earl Burton Fatally Injured in Head-On Crash on Highway 62/180Fatal crashes in New Mexico take the lives of hundreds of people annually. Unfortunately, any crash has the potential to cause severe and fatal injuries to those involved. However, a significant portion of fatal crashes that take place in our state are head-on collisions. Head-on collisions often occur when one driver crosses the center line into oncoming traffic. This can happen for a variety of reasons, but most often, it is due to driver inattention or distraction. Regrettably, alcohol plays a major role in a lot of accidents that occur here in the state of New Mexico.

In New Mexico, alcohol is a leading cause of fatal traffic collisions. In fact, nearly 40% of all traffic fatalities in the state involve an alcohol-impaired driver. There are a number of ways that alcohol can contribute to a crash. First, it impairs judgment and motor skills, making it more difficult to operate a vehicle safely.

Second, driving while impaired significantly increases the risk of aggressive or reckless behavior behind the wheel. Additionally, it lowers inhibitions and reduces the likelihood that drivers will use seat belts or other safety precautions. This can lead to more severe or fatal injuries in the event of a collision

All of these factors come into play when alcohol contributes to a fatal crash in New Mexico. If you have been wounded in such a collision, or if you have lost a loved one, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses and some of the expenses you face. A Carlsbad wrongful death lawyer can help you understand your rights and the legal options available to help your family move forward.

The experienced and knowledgeable car accident lawyers at Will Ferguson & Associates are dedicated to fighting for the rights of individuals who have been negatively affected by a fatal a car accident. Our team is committed to providing bereaved families with the resources and guidance that they need to move forward from their experience. If you or someone you know has been involved in a car accident, contact us today for a free consultation so that we can begin discussing your case. Our lawyers are available by calling 505-243-5566 at your earliest convenience.

Note: This post was created specifically utilizing secondary sources. It is to be used independently by Will Ferguson & Associates. Our team has not autonomously verified the information used by these news sources, and if any information seems to be inaccurate, please reach out and let us know so we can immediately make corrections as they become necessary.

Disclaimer: At Will Ferguson & Associates, it is our goal to honor the victims of the nightmarish accidents that often take place in New Mexico. We would also like to familiarize the public with ways they can avoid a similar fate and what they can do should the unthinkable happen. The information contained within this article is not to be viewed as any type of medical or legal advice. The photographs depicted in these posts are not representative of the actual accident scene.

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