Anytime a passenger vehicle ends up in a collision with a commercial truck, the occupants of the smaller vehicle are likely to suffer serious injuries or fatalities. Although trucks accounted for 4 percent of all registered vehicles in 2009, they were involved in 7 percent of all traffic accident fatalities
Given the health problems that come with increased age, older people in the United States represent a high percentage of healthcare patients and often end up taking an array of pills. Currently, the average 65-year-old is taking four prescription medications. Taking multiple drugs poses a risk for adverse drug-to-drug interactions that can cause serious complications, but a recent study reveals a more disturbing trend
Advances in medical science and technology have enabled healthcare professionals to diagnose and treat diseases and conditions more effectively, but medical practitioners and the public recognize that no procedure or medication can be 100-percent guaranteed. However, when an avoidable medical error results in injury or death, the responsible party can be held legally accountable and must compensate the patient
Wanting to be connected to some kind of communication device at all times is no longer just a trend among teenagers. Increasingly, all segments of our culture want access to their cell phones, Facebook pages and iTunes, whether they’re at home, walking down the street or behind the wheel of a car
More than a quarter of a million Americans have hip replacement surgery every year. For many, the procedure allows for greater mobility and reduces pain. Unfortunately, several of the hip implants have been defective, wreaking havoc on the lives of patients who have had to deal with infections, painful complications and additional surgeries. As a result, thousands of injury lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of these faulty medical devices.
New Mexico has strict penalties for drunk driving, including license suspension, hefty fines and possible jail time. Drivers who are impaired by alcohol or drugs endanger themselves and every other driver with the misfortune to be on the same road. The state’s drunk driving laws have helped decrease the incidence of auto accidents.
The pickup truck is one of the most popular vehicles in New Mexico, along with SUVs. These larger vehicles offer many advantages for hauling equipment and traveling on rougher rural roads in all seasons, but their utility often comes with a high price. Driving a SUV or pickup increases your risk of being seriously injured or killed in a rollover accident.
Since the injuries that auto accidents cause are often serious or even deadly, all drivers are required to have insurance coverage that includes liability for at-fault accidents. For years, New Mexico has had a higher-than-average percentage of uninsured drivers. Some have thought that the state’s high rate of uninsured drivers resulted from undocumented immigrants who were not allowed to apply for a license and, therefore, were not eligible for auto insurance. However, 10 years after our state began issuing licenses to noncitizens, the percentage of uninsured drivers in New Mexico is twice the national average.
Drunk drivers are an unacceptable hazard, and law enforcement officers have a duty to apprehend drivers who appear to be impaired. However, officers also have a duty to protect the safety of civilians. The family of Ashley Browder believes that this duty was breached on the night of February 10, 2013, and they are suing the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) in the wrongful death of their daughter.
All driving instruction classes drill students on defensive driving techniques in addition to teaching the rules of the road and safety protocols. Whenever they get behind the wheel, drivers in Albuquerque need to maintain special vigilance looking out for other drivers who might be acting in a reckless, dangerous manner.