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Motor Vehicle Accidents Archives

Slow driving in the left lane is illegal

Spend a modest amount of time on the road and there always seems to be an individual who camps out in the left lane while driving at the same pace as a truck or slow car next to it in the right lane. It's enough to drive others crazy as a long line of cars builds up behind the moving roadblock. Worse, it can lead to reckless driving as drivers take risks to pass the slow moving vehicles.

Marijuana and opioids found in high percentage of traffic deaths

The impact of drinking and driving has on traffic safety is well documented, but a new report points to an increase in positive drug tests in cases of traffic fatalities. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) who commissioned the report, over 50 percent of drivers tested in traffic fatalities tested positive for marijuana, opioids or a combination of the two.

New Mexico tops in hit-and-run fatalities list

Sometimes being #1 isn’t a good thing. This is the case with a new study by the AAA Foundation For Traffic Safety, which lists New Mexico one of the top-ranked states for hit-and-run fatalities. The study defines hit-and-run as a crash where at least one individual flees the scene of an accident before providing any or sufficient information.

Teaching Bike Safety To Kids

Many adults remember the feeling of exhilaration and freedom that comes from learning how to ride a bike. Over the years, those feelings likely subsided as cars become the preferred mode of transportation. However, some continue to ride for pleasure while others may pick it up again as they teach their own children how to ride.

Drivers blame sunlight for recent pedestrian crashes

Have you ever traversed the streets in the evening and had to shield your eyes because the sunset was so bright? This is an everyday occurrence for many New Mexicans, especially those who have a westbound commute home from work. It is common for many drivers to pop on a pair of sunglasses or adjust their car's sun visor accordingly.

When and where do concussions occur?

It's never just a bump on the head. As medical experts continue to research, the evidence overwhelmingly shows that a concussion isn't a momentary injury. The effects are different on each individual. Sometimes it is over quickly, but others experience side effects for months and even years later. The more serious the brain injury, the harder the recovery will be.

AAA: 'Explosion' of dashboard technology proves very distracting

A new study by AAA's Foundation for Traffic Safety raises serious questions about all the new "infotainment" technology automakers are packing into new vehicles. The study found that, even where the in-vehicle technology was less distracting than a cellphone app, it caused more distraction overall because it was used more.

Bicyclists and motorists: the battle for road space

Most road lanes were designed for one car to navigate comfortably. Increasingly, we see roads with bike lanes, but these are by no means universal. Many bikes and motor vehicles are forced to share spaces that do not offer either a comfortable amount of space to navigate.

Studies: Lane-keeping, blind-spot systems do prevent car wrecks

Research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that two automated safety systems -- lane-keeping and blind-spot monitoring systems -- substantially reduce both the number and severity of crashes. At the same time, they may cause drivers to be less vigilant or could even act as distractions.

Driving dangers and the Fourth of July

New Mexico residents who planned a road trip for the Fourth of July should know that it is considered the most dangerous summer holiday with regard to motor vehicle accidents. The Insurance for Highway Safety states that for the last10 years, the holiday has been, on average, the most dangerous day for drivers. A major insurer states that 7 percent more accident claims are filed for the Fourth of July as well as the three days before it than are filed for the Labor Day and Memorial Day holidays.