A car accident lawyer serving Albuquerque and Santa Fe explains
New Mexico's need for speed is a deadly problem.
The state was recently named among those reporting the most speed-related fatal car accidents per year. During the 9 years studied, there were nearly 2,000 deaths where speeding was an issue. In fact, speed plays a factor in 37% of all fatal New Mexico crashes, according to a new study.
New Mexico also has one of the highest fatal speed-related crash rates in the nation. There are about 115 speeding deaths per 100,000 deadly crashes reported in New Mexico, according to study authors Valuepenguin. The state with the highest rate was Vermont, with 116 speed-related deaths per 100,000 fatal accidents.
The study also noted that the average New Mexico car insurance policy goes up by 20% after a bad speed-related accident.
Bernalillo County leads New Mexico in fatal speed-related crashes
In 2019, more than 150 people died in speed-related crashes in New Mexico. Some counties and intersections posed more of a risk than others to drivers. In New Mexico, the counties with the most speeding-related crashes in 2019 were:
- Bernalillo County — 36 fatalities
- McKinley County — 17
- San Juan County — 16
- Dona Ana County — 12
Locally, Santa Fe County had 8 speeding-related fatalities in 2019. And between the counties of Los Alamos, Sandoval, San Miguel, Torrance, and Valencia counties there were 14 such fatalities reported.
Common high-speed crash injuries
Speed-related crashes can take many forms. You can be stopped at a red light and get rear-ended by a speeding driver. You could be cut off by an aggressive sedan zipping down the road, sending you into a rollover. Or maybe a driver going too fast lost control and sideswiped you on the highway. However they happen, injuries sustained in high-speed crashes are often severe due to the combination of high-velocity and violent impact.
They often result in injuries, such as:
- Concussions, Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal Cord Injuries (SCIs)
- Whiplash and neck pain
- Broken bones and fractures, especially to the arms, pelvis, chest, and skull
- Internal bleeding
- Scrapes, cuts, burns
- Knee trauma
- Increased anxiety and depression, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
Bernalillo County crash hotspots
With the biggest population and at a nexus for I-40 and I-25, it's no surprise that Albuquerque is a hotspot for speed-related crashes. Some places are riskier than others, however.
The following intersections and approximate locations are where fatal accidents have occurred in recent years, according to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration:
- La Mesa, Albuquerque — This neighborhood has seen more than its fair share of speeding-related fatal accidents. Deadly speeding accidents have been recorded on:
- Central Avenue at Juan Tabo Boulevard, as well as Shirley Street
- Elizabeth Street at Senac Place
- West Mesa and Los Volcanes, Albuquerque — I-40 near Graves Park
- Almeda — Roadways Almeda Boulevard and Paseo del Norte
Legal help for New Mexico crash victims
If you were injured or a loved one died in a car accident caused by a driver who was speeding, you deserve justice and financial compensation. Speeding is a reckless choice, and our law firm will fight to hold the at-fault driver accountable for their negligence.
Find out what an experienced New Mexico car accident attorney can do for you. Contact us today for a free consultation. We have offices conveniently located in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.