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
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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
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.
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.
Most of us try not to think too often about having a car accident. However, even experienced, cautious drivers cannot always avoid an auto collision — especially when a negligent driver is at fault. Nevertheless, if you are injured, you can take steps immediately after the accident and in the following weeks to protect your legal rights and to help establish grounds for compensation.
Making a fortune in the computer industry so you can buy a football team is one version of the 21st-century American dream. For Paul Allen, who cofounded Microsoft and currently owns the Seattle Seahawks, providing funding for brain injury research is also important — especially now that medical science and the public have become aware of the dangers of head traumas, including the repeated concussions suffered by many football players