New Mexico Ranks Worst in Pedestrian Deaths & Hit-And-Runs
New Mexico has the highest hit-and-run fatality rate compared to any other state, according to a recent study. Hit-and-run crashes are when someone involved in a collision flees the scene without providing contact information or assistance to the other parties involved. Someone who fails to properly report a collision to the DMV or local authorities is also committing a hit-and-run. Leaving an accident scene behind makes the investigation more complicated and costly, while also delaying necessary emergency aid. This results in worsening injuries and the possibility of death in severe cases. Committing a hit-and-run is a crime, no matter if you are liable for the accident. Fleeing the scene of an accident can increase the chances of being involved in a civil suit for the at-fault driver.
New Mexico Hit-and-Run Stats
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety claims that nearly 1,980 hit-and-runs were reported in 2016. These crashes result in 2,049 deaths. This figure marks an all-time high regarding fatal hit-and-run collisions since records began in the 1970s, representing more than a 10 percent increase since 2015.
The AAA has reported that New Mexico’s rate of fatal hit-and-run collisions is the highest in the country. There were 31 reported hit-and-runs deaths in the state in 2016, marking a 50 percent increase from 2015. Considering the population of New Mexico is around 2 million, these numbers are significant.
New Mexico Is Deadly for Pedestrians
Residents in New Mexico face alarming statistics regarding pedestrian crashes as well. The Governor’s Highway Safety Association reported in 2017 that New Mexico had the highest pedestrian death rate at 3.53 deaths per 100,000 people. In just Albuquerque, more than 400 people were hit by cars, causing 34 of the 68 fatal collisions in the city that year. This is more than San Diego and nearly on-par with Philadephia and Chicago, which all have nearly four times the population of Albuquerque. There were 82 pedestrian fatalities in New Mexico in 2018, an increase from 77 in 2016 and 79 in 2017. To show how extreme these figures are, the state with the closest population to New Mexico is Nevada, which only experienced 11 pedestrian fatalities in 2016.
According to AAA, a contributing factor to the increased rates of hit-and-runs and pedestrians fatalities is that drivers have a greater tendency to flee an accident involving a pedestrian or a cyclist compared to a vehicle occupant fatality. A collision severe enough to kill the occupant of a vehicle will likely cause the car to be undrivable and prevent a driver from fleeing the scene.
Hit-and-Runs in Albuquerque
A hit-and-run crash can leave anyone feeling afraid and alone. These accidents are often very traumatic and result in serious damages, especially if the victim is a pedestrian or cyclist. More than 700,000 hit-and-run collisions were reported in 2015 alone.
The experienced Albuquerque hit-and-run lawyers at Will Ferguson & Associates can help you pursue all legal avenues after a hit-and-run collision. We understand the law and can help you recover your deserved compensation. Give us a call at (505) 243-5566 to discuss your case.