Causes of Wrongful Death in Las Cruces

New Mexico wrongful death law holds persons liable when their wrongful act, neglect or default causes the death of another. A wrongful death can occur in just about any situation where a serious personal injury turns fatal. See below for some of the most common causes of wrongful death, and contact the Law Office of Samuel I. Kane P.A. for help recovering much-needed compensation, justice and accountability after a Las Cruces wrongful death.

Auto Accidents

On average, one person dies every day in a New Mexico car crash. The leading causes of these fatal crashes are negligence factors such as drunk driving, speeding and distracted driving. Traffic crashes are rising nearly across the board in New Mexico, including truck crashes, bicycle accidents and pedestrian accidents. Doña Ana County has the second highest number of crashes in the state, including motorcycle accidents. After 50 years of declining traffic fatalities, car accident deaths have begun an alarming rise every year for the past several years. Distracted driving due to smart phones, social media and other technology is the most likely reason, as evidenced by the higher rise in deaths among harder-to-see victims such as pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists. Drivers are liable when their recklessness, negligence or inattention causes an accident that results in death.

Slip and Fall

Thousands of persons over 65 years old die from a fall every year. These are most often due to complications from a hip fracture that results in the fall, although head injuries and other risks of death are always present in a fall. Falls are actually the leading cause of accidental death in persons 85 and older, the second leading cause of injury-related death for persons aged 65-84, and the sixth leading cause of death overall in persons aged 70 and older. While 60% of all fall deaths occur among people 75 or older, a great many younger people die in a slip and fall or trip and fall every year. Hundreds of occupational deaths annually are attributable to falls and other premises liability issues such as being struck by a falling object. Property owners are required to regularly inspect their premises and keep them safe and free from hidden hazards, and they can be held liable for deaths which occur due to dangers they knew or should have known of yet failed to fix or warn about in a reasonable amount of time.

Dog Bites

It’s hard to say exactly how many people die of dog bites each year. We do know millions of people are bitten annually and hundreds of thousands of people suffer injuries requiring emergency treatment or other medical care. It seems that dozens of people die each year from dog attacks, whether from an attack by a single dog or multiple dogs at once. About half of fatal dog bite victims are adults and half are children. Tragically, the majority of child dog bite deaths occur among children less than a year old. Las Cruces dog owners are responsible for wrongful death caused by their animals if they knew or should have known their dog was dangerous or failed to act in a reasonable way to control their dog and prevent the attack.

Compassionate, Skilled and Knowledgeable Legal Help after Wrongful Death in Las Cruces, NM

If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence or wrongful conduct of another, contact an experienced Las Cruces wrongful death attorney at the Law Office of Samuel I. Kane for a no-cost consultation at 575-526-5263.

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