New Mexico Auto-Pedestrian Crashes
The attorneys at Will Ferguson & Associates have experience handling pedestrian injury claims in the state of New Mexico. We are a firm based in Albuquerque, and we are aware of our city’s primary traffic concerns. Our main focus is car crash injuries and deaths, including those resulting from pedestrian accidents. Pedestrian crashes often end in serious injuries or death. Because of this fact, contacting an experienced Albuquerque pedestrian injury attorney is crucial when seeking compensation for your damages.
Statistics Show That the Issue is Growing
Data found in a study conducted by the Traffic Research Unit at UNM shows that there were 90 pedestrian deaths in the state during the first eight months of 2019. Sadly, pedestrian collisions are a matter of serious concern across the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were nearly 129,000 pedestrians treated in emergency rooms in non-deadly accidents and 5,900 pedestrian deaths in the United States in 2016.
There are many local organizations cooperating with the City of Albuquerque and the New Mexico Department of Transportation in order to improve the safety of walkways in our local community. Some organizations and groups trying to make the roadways of our state safer include Vision Zero Albuquerque, Better Burque, and Complete Streets Albuquerque.
Drivers Who Break Traffic Rules Are at Fault
Cars can be liable for injuring a pedestrian in a variety of ways. The most common ways include:
- Running a red light
- Reckless driving
- Intoxicated driving
- Failing to use reasonable care when near schools or bus stops
If you have been injured in a New Mexico pedestrian crash, you should gather evidence to establish who is at fault for the accident. Our team of experienced personal injury attorneys can help handle your case and find evidence. Potential evidence includes statements from witnesses, videos, or roadway conditions, which can all prove crucial when seeking a settlement or taking your case to court.
The At-Fault Drivers Insurer Will Cover Your Damages
The motorist who struck you should have auto insurance to cover the costs of your injuries and damages associated with the accident. If they don’t, your own car uninsured motorist coverage can kick in, even if you were on foot at the time of the accident. However, we advise that our clients wait to engage in discussions with insurance companies until they seek legal counsel.
Albuquerque Pedestrian Accidents
A majority of pedestrian collisions are caused by distracted or negligent drivers. Drivers can be found liable if they enter crosswalks without slowing down or ran a red light. These are preventable actions and result in significant injury to a pedestrian.
Pedestrian crash rates have been on the rise in recent years. There was a 1.7 percent increase in pedestrian collisions in 2017. In total, 5,977 people lost their lives in auto-pedestrian accidents in the United States.
Drivers owe a duty of care to others on the road. The experienced Albuquerque pedestrian crash attorneys at Will Ferguson & Associates believe in using the law to help those unfairly injured in vehicle collisions. If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto-pedestrian crash, contact our offices at (505) 243-5566.