From 2003 through 2012, approximately 47,000 pedestrians were killed on streets, representing 12.3% of all traffic deaths in the U.S. The state of New Mexico contributes to that number, with a fatality rate of 1.01 for every 100,000 residents, said to be one of the highest pedestrian fatality rates in the U.S.
Many of the pedestrian crashes in New Mexico happen at night and at crosswalks. A majority of the deadly pedestrian accidents occurred in arterial roadways where cars run faster. Moreover, a 2014 study on pedestrian safety by the Smart Growth America organization reported that children and older adults are especially vulnerable in a car versus pedestrian collision. Children tend to be involved in pedestrian collisions because their smaller sizes make them almost invisible to motorists. Older adults as well face risks of more severe injuries due to their frail health.
Factors in New Mexico Pedestrian Accidents
Authorities said that the common causes of pedestrian crashes in New Mexico include:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Driving at excessive speeds
Claiming Compensation for Pedestrian Accident
Pedestrian accidents where motor vehicles are involved often cause severe and fatal injuries. As a rule, anyone injured in an accident that was caused by another person’s negligence or recklessness may be entitled to a claim for compensation against the negligent party. Depending on the circumstances of an accident, an experienced personal injury attorney may determine whether an injured party or their families are entitled to compensation.
The amount of compensation involved can cover medical costs for treatment and physical rehabilitation, therapy, time off work, and pain and suffering.
Dealing with a pedestrian accident can be made more complicated when the person responsible for the accident flees the scene of the accident and is unidentified. In this scenario, a skilled personal injury attorney can still help you recover compensation by exploring all sources of accident insurance that may be available in your situation.
In Las Cruces, New Mexico, the Law Offices of Samuel I, Kane, P.A. have extensive experience in a broad spectrum of legal matters such as pedestrian accidents. As a seasoned litigator who participated in over 1000 bench and jury trials, Atty. Samuel Kane is prepared to take your case to trial, if necessary, to obtain the best possible outcome for you.
We invite you to call us today at (575) 526-5263 to schedule a free consultation.